Dresses, skirts, shorts, athletic shorts, or other similar clothing must be at least mid-thigh in length (typically mid-thigh would be below the tip of the thumb when placed at sides – arms straight with palms down). We want students to be comfortable however, when students sit or bend over, their buttocks should not be exposed.
All pants must be worn at the natural waistline. Rips, distressed fabrics with loose hanging threads, and holes must not extend beyond the thigh or expose undergarments that cover the buttocks and an individual’s intimate regions. No pants/shorts/ bottoms should pose a safety hazard.
Pajama styled pants must ensure all intimate regions and undergarments are sufficiently covered to prevent unintentional exposure. School officials reserve the right to determine if the clothing item is inappropriate for the school environment.
Shirts must cover the torso (including back) and midriff. Muscle shirts, tube tops, halter tops, or shirts with spaghetti straps may not be worn during the school day. Shirt material may not expose anything being worn as an undergarment. Shoulder straps must be at an appropriate width (typically a 3-finger width).
Per Virginia Code (§ 22.1-279.6) headwear may be worn for educational, religious, and ethnic reasons; if culturally specific or significant; if necessary for medical purposes; or, if it serves a necessary function (examples may include but are not limited to hijabs, yarmulkes, head wraps, braids, locs, cornrows). Any head covering must not interfere with or disrupt the educational operation of the school or display symbols, gestures, or language that violate division, state, and/or federal laws and regulations. Head coverings must not conceal the identity of students.
During times of pandemics or widespread illness caused by viruses, students will be permitted to wear masks covering their mouth and nose. The division will provide more specific guidelines in these particular cases with guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
Footwear must be worn at all times. Safety considerations may dictate the type of footwear worn in specific classes or school settings. Flip flop-based footwear must consist of a supportive strap or have bands to support walking in the school setting. Building administrators reserve the right to require students to wear different footwear if the footwear being used poses a safety issue.
General Expectations Regarding Clothing and Accessories
Students’ clothing, haircuts, tattoos or other accessories may not display any of the following:
- Pictures of tobacco products
- Obscene, lewd, or profane words
- Anything perceived as gang affiliated
- Other prohibited expressions as outlined by the principal
Violation of the student dress code regulation will subject the student to disciplinary action by the school’s administration per the Student Handbook and Conduct Code.