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Dress Code

Note - This handbook was completed in May 2020. The Henderson County Board of Education will revise the student code of conduct for the 2020-2021 school year during the summer of 2020. Please refer to the revised District student code of conduct for the most up to date information.


The wearing of any item, lack of clothing or presentation of any unsanitary body conditions which, materially or significantly disrupts or distracts from the educational process or threatens the health or safety of other students or staff members is prohibited. The standards set out in this policy shall be included in the District’s Code of Conduct Handbook. 


This dress code is adopted in the interest of developing and maintaining a student body that is neat and clean. When violations occur, the Principal/designee will inform the student of the violation and instruct him/her how to correct the discrepancy. If the student then fails to conform, the Principal/designee will schedule a conference with the parent/guardian to review the written policy, and the disciplinary action imposed.


District Dress Code Policy

  1. Clothing designed to fit at the waist shall be worn at normal waist level (no sagging or exposing undergarments). 
  2. Extremely tight, form-fitting or baggy clothing is prohibited. 
  3. Shorts, skorts, and skirts that are of fingertip length may be worn by primary school students (P-3). 
  4. For students in grades 4-12, shorts, skorts, and skirts must be a minimum of knee length. 
  5. Clothing, jewelry, buttons, and other forms of ornamentation (including those containing slogans, endorsements or commentary) are permissible except when they make distracting noises, express violence, are obscene or suggest obscenity, suggest racial bias, nudity, advertise alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products illegal items, or suggest promotion or identification of gangs. 
  6. All students shall wear shoes to school. House shoes are not permitted. 
  7. No hats, caps, bandannas, head coverings, or sunglasses will be worn inside the school building, unless for religious or medical purposes. 
  8. Heavy coats and/or long outerwear will not be worn inside the school building. Unless the Principal/designee grants an exception for a heating emergency, all heavy coats and/or long outerwear must be kept in the student’s locker or stored in the designated area in each classroom. 
  9. Halter tops spaghetti straps, muscle shirts, cut-off T-shirts, off-the-shoulder garments, see-through or mesh type garments, or any tops that expose cleavage or the midriff are prohibited. 
  10. No undergarments shall be worn as outerwear. No pajamas or articles of clothing that are torn or cut shall be worn.
  11. Students in grades 6-12 will be allowed to bring backpacks/book bags to school. All such bags must be kept in the student’s locker during the regular school day and may not be taken to class, unless it is a clear or mesh bag approved by the Principal/designee. 
  12. Body or tongue piercing, other than ears, or unnatural hair color including but not limited to blue, green, red, and orange are prohibited for all students. 
  13. Visible tattoos are prohibited for students in grades P-8. 
  14. Visible tattoos are permissible in grades 9-12 with the exception of any gang or bias related sign or symbol which reasonably appears to offend, victimize, or intimidate another based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, and/or which disrupts or interferes with the educational setting and/or process. 
  15. No costumes are allowed unless it is a school-wide activity approved by the Principal.