Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Revised School Dress Code Approved

After multiple complaints at their July meeting, the Hanover County School Board revised and adopted a new dress code for the 2017-18 school year at their meeting Tuesday night.

The text is below:

2017-2018 Student Dress Code
Student dress is an important factor in maintaining a positive educational environment.  The School Board and school division staff rely on parents and students to support the division’s emphasis on safety and avoiding disruptions in the learning environment.  A student’s dress and appearance should not cause disruption, distract other students from their school work, or compromise health or safety.  This dress code applies to all school functions.  Note:  Principals can make exceptions to the student dress code at their discretion to account for age appropriateness and special events.

  1. For health and safety reasons, appropriate footwear, as determined by the building principal, must be worn at all times.
  2. Skirts, dresses, jumpers, and shorts must completely cover the pelvic area and extend to the mid-thigh at all times, including while students are standing, sitting, or engaging in physical activity.
  3. Clothing should not expose the student’s midriff, chest, or private areas at any time.
  4. Sleeveless garments must have 2 inch straps and not expose undergarments.  Spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter tops, camis, and tank tops may be worn under tops, shirts, and blouses that have at least 2 inch coverage across each shoulder.
  5. Yoga pants and leggings may be worn with tops that provide additional coverage of the pelvic area.
  6. Pants and shorts must be worn and secured to prevent the student’s undergarments from being exposed, to prevent the waistband from sagging below the student’s hips, and to prevent the garment from dragging on the floor.

Students MAY NOT WEAR the following:

  1. Clothing, jewelry, and other personal belongings displaying language or images that are vulgar, lewd, or obscene; that reflect adversely on or disparage another’s race, gender, sexual orientation, skin color, religion, national origin, ancestry, or disability; that promote the use of drugs, illegal substances, or alcohol; or that contain threats, gang symbols, symbols of groups associated with threatening or violent behavior, or groups that promote the unlawful use of weapons or other criminal behavior.
  2. Hats, hoods, face masks, or head coverings of any kind while inside school buildings during regular school hours, unless worn for religious or medical reasons or approved in writing in advance by the building principal.
  3. Sunglasses while inside school buildings unless required under a physician’s prescription.
  4. Chains of any type or studded/spiked jewelry.
  5. Pajamas, sleepwear, swim wear.
  6. Clothing that is constructed of see-through fabric, is revealing, or that resembles undergarments.

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