Appropriate dress is necessary in order to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and safety. In order to support this, the Board of Education adopted the following dress code to be implemented at all Wake County schools. Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing, which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene is prohibited.
Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to exposed undergarments; sagging pants; excessively short or tight garments; bare midriff shirts; strapless shirts; attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent or vulgar or that advertise any product or service not permitted by law to minors; head covering of any kind; see-through clothing; attire that exposes cleavage; any adornment such as chains or spikes that reasonably could be perceived as or used as a weapon; and any attire that is prohibited by Policy 6410 Level III:2, Gang and Gang-Related Activities. Individual schools are free to specify additional examples of dress or appearance that are prohibited at that school under the terms of this policy.
If a student’s dress or appearance is such that it constitutes a threat to the health and safety of others, distracts the attention of other students or staff from their work, or otherwise violates this dress code, the student should be given an opportunity to change by the teacher. If the student does not have an appropriate change of clothing, the student will be referred to Student Services to contact his/her parents. If a student repeatedly violates dress code, administration should be notified.