According to WCPSS Board Policy, students are expected to adhere to a dress code that furthers health and safety of students and staff, enables the educational process, and facilitates the operations of the school. Parents are asked to partner with the school district to monitor student attire. The school shall exercise appropriate discretion in implementing this policy, including making reasonable accommodations based on student’ religious beliefs or medical conditions.
If a student’s dress or appearance is in violation of the dress code, the student will be asked to change his or her dress or appearance. Parents/guardians may be contacted to help correct dress code concerns. In extreme cases, students will not be allowed to attend classes until they are appropriately dressed. Repeat violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action and referrals to the school counselor or social worker. To promote proper dress code, students may not wear or carry clothing, jewelry, book bags, or other personal articles that:
1. Depict profanity, vulgarity, obscenity, or violence
2. Promote the use or abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs
3. Are prohibited under Policy 4309 III-2 (Gang and Gang-Related Activity)
4. Threaten the health or safety of staff or students
5. 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 non-see-through fabric in front, back, and on the sides.
• Students must wear shoes at all times except when otherwise directed by a teacher or administrator.
• Clothing must cover undergarments.
• Breasts, genitals and buttocks must be covered with non-see-through fabric.
• Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, shop, and other activities where unique hazards exist.
• 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).