2019-2020 HHS Student Dress Code

  • Policy Code: 4316 Student Dress Code
    The board believes that the dress and personal appearance of students greatly affect their academic performance and their interaction with other students. The board requires that parents outfit their children in clothing that must be conducive to learning. Generally, dress and grooming standards as determined by the student and his or her parents may be deemed acceptable. However, the board prohibits appearance or clothing that does the following: (1) substantially disrupts the learning environment; (2) is provocative or obscene; or (3) endangers the health or safety of the student or others.
    The principal has the authority to implement this policy in a manner that is age appropriate. The principal must make reasonable accommodations for those students who, because of sincerely held religious beliefs, cultural heritage or medical reasons, request, in writing, a waiver of a particular guideline for dress or appearance. The principal must also make reasonable accommodations for students involved in school- approved special duties, activities or projects, including, but not be limited to, athletics, vocational classes and projects, P.E. classes, special events and other activities that allow for non-conforming dress. The principal or designee must publicize and enforce the following dress standards in the school.
    1.   Clothing must be age appropriate, must not be disruptive to the teaching-learning environment, and cannot be provocative, revealing, indecent, vulgar, or obscene.
    2.   Skirts, skorts, and dresses must be no higher than three inches (3”) above the top of the knee, and any slits in dresses and skirts must also adhere to this three inch rule.
    3.   Shorts must be no higher than four inches (4”) above the top of the knee.
    4.   Dresses, shirts, and blouses must cover two inches (2”) across the top of the
      shoulder. Spaghetti straps, strapless tops/halters and plunging necklines are not
      allowed and the torso and cleavage must be covered at all times.
    5.   No sagging pants are allowed, meaning all pants must be worn with the
      waistband no lower than the hipbones.
    6.   Clothing will not be allowed which promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or the
      use of controlled substances, depicts violence, or is of a sexual nature.
    7.   Hats, caps, visors, bandannas, and sunglasses are not to be worn inside the
      school building. Staff members will confiscate unauthorized items.
    8.   Clothing is not to be sheer or see-through where the torso is revealed. At no time
      are undergarments to be visible.
    1.   Proper footwear is required at all times which is safe and does not result in a substantial disruption to the academic integrity of the school day. Shoes that have laces must fit, be laced and tied.
    2.   Pajamas and bedroom shoes/slippers may not be worn.
    3.   Leggings or yoga pants must be worn with a top that reaches mid-thigh.
    4.   Clothing and/or jewelry commonly recognized as being related to a group or
      gang, which provokes others to act violently or be intimidated by fear of violence,
      shall not be worn.
    5.   Clothing must be worn appropriately (belts must be buckled and worn at the
      hipbones).
    6.   Heavy, large jewelry, belt buckles and/or accessories (wallet chains) that are
      threatening, dangerous, distractive, disruptive or could be utilized as a weapon may not be worn.
      THE ADMINISTRATION, TEACHERS, AND STAFF RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF ANY STUDENT DRESS.
      A student who is not in compliance with this policy will change clothes using available clothes at school or call his or her parents to bring a change of clothes. If neither of those options is available, the student shall spend the remainder of the day in ISS. The principal or designee must send the student's parents written notification of the dress code violation. The consequences for subsequent violations of the dress code will be addressed in accordance with regulations developed by the superintendent.
      Legal References: G.S. 115C-47-390-391
      Cross References: School Plan for Management of Student Behavior (policy 4302),
      Disruptive Behavior (policy 4315) Adopted: April 27, 2009
      Revised: June 30, 2015
      **Revised: August 20, 2018