Dress Code

  • Dress Code

    Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance. Our guiding principles for the student dress code are similar to those experienced and expected in the workplace: attire that furthers health and safety of students and staff, enables the educational process, and facilitates the operations of the school.  


    Please partner with the school district to monitor your student’s attire and to help our students adhere to the guiding principles set forth in the policy. Also, please review the full Student Dress Code policy online.


    To promote these goals, students may not wear or carry clothing, jewelry, book bags, or other personal articles that:

    • Depict profanity, vulgarity, obscenity, or violence;

    • Promote the use or abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs;

    • Are prohibited under Policy 4309 III-2 (Gang and Gang Related Activity) or any other provision of the Code of Student Conduct;

    • Threaten the health or safety of staff or students; 

    • Are reasonably likely to create a substantial disruption of the educational process or operations of the school.


    • Students must wear clothing that covers their skin from chest to mid-thigh with opaque (non-see-through) fabric in front, back, and on the sides.

    • Students must wear shoes at all times except when changing for physical education or athletic practices or events or when specifically directed otherwise by a teacher or administrator.

    • Clothing must cover undergarments (waistbands and straps excluded).

    • Breasts, genitals and buttocks must be covered with opaque (non-see-through) fabric.

    • Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, wood shop, and other activities where unique hazards exist.

    • Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.

    • Head coverings (including hats, hoods, sweat bands, and bandanas) are generally prohibited in the school building.  However, students may wear head coverings in the school building as an expression of sincerely held religious belief (e.g., hijabs or yarmulkes) or cultural expression (e.g., geles) or to reasonably accommodate medical or disability-related issues (e.g., protective helmets).


    Principals may or their designees shall make reasonable accommodations on the basis of your student's religious beliefs or medical conditions. 


    Note that the Wake Young Men's and Young Women's Leadership Academies have specific uniform policies.


    For more information, see Board Policy 4309-G.I-5: Code of Student Conduct.