According to research by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), a school dress code: 

    ·         Greatly affects student academic performance and their interaction with other students

    ·         Positively affects classroom discipline and decreases disruptions

    ·         Improves school climate by decreasing the negative effects of peer pressure

    ·         Increase school spirit and pride


    National School Safety and Security Services stresses that dress codes play a significant role in reducing security threats and improving school safety. Knowing that a safe and orderly environment is the mark of an effectively achieving school, our system has developed a dress code for all middle school students. The dress code provides specific expectations for safety and appropriate professional dress in the educational environment.   In cooperation with this effort, please use these guidelines in selecting your wardrobe for next school year.



    ·         Clothing must be clean, in good repair and size appropriate.

    ·         Shirt tails may be worn out, but must not be longer than the student’s wrist when their arms are extended fully by their side. If the shirt tail is longer, it must be tucked into the waist band, not the pockets (not rolled under). This applies to all shirts (sports jerseys, button shirts, etc.)

    ·         All pants must be worn at the waist. A belt is required if pants do not remain at the waist.

    ·         Sweaters and hooded sweatshirts may be worn BUT they must not go beyond your wrists. 

    ·         Shorts, skirts, skorts, and splits must be no higher than the top of the knee.

    ·         Head covering as part of a religious belief will be allowed.



    ·         Clothing must be worn appropriately (nothing inside-out or backwards, no rolled up pant legs, no shirts worn half on and half off, unfastened bib overalls or suspenders.

    ·         No holes or tears are allowed in any garments worn by students.

    ·         Bare midriffs, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tank tops with large sleeve openings, tank tops with less that 2-inch (three-fingers) wide straps, basketball jerseys (unless a T-shirt is worn underneath), see through, mesh, or sheer tops through which undergarments can be seen, or shirts/tops that expose the entire shoulder.

    ·         No sagging pants.

    ·         No clothing or jewelry may be worn with suggestive or questionable language or drawings (some examples may include but are not limited to the following: graffiti, gang related symbols, racial, ethnic, and/or sexual slogans or innuendos, tobacco products, pictures or language about alcohol, violence, drugs, language that is blatant disrespect of others’ beliefs, or images deemed offensive or not in good taste)

    ·         Low-cut blouses/shirts/tops or extremely tight tops, tube tops, or any top that exposes cleavage. 

    ·         Coats are not to be worn in the classroom.

    ·         Hats, bandanas, scarves, headbands, or other types of headgear. (Includes boys and girls)

    ·         No pajamas, bedroom slippers, and shower shoes.

    ·         Chains or any attire that would identify and/or promote gang activity or could be used as a weapon.

    ·         Gloves, mittens, and sunglasses are not to be worn inside the building.

    ·         No temporary body art, face paint, writing or drawings on the body.

    ·         No clothing with distracting writing (i.e. sexy, sassy, etc.)


    The final decision concerning the appropriateness of clothing will be made by the school administration.



    1st Time – Verbal Warning & Required to Change Clothes

    2nd Time – Written Warning & Parent Contact along with Required to Change Clothes

    3rd Time – Required to Change Clothes & Detention

    4th Time – Required to Change Clothes & Assigned In-School Suspension – 1 day

    5th Time – Required to Change Clothes & Assigned In-School Suspension – 2 days

    6th Time – Repeated offenses may result in out of school suspension for noncompliance.



    Note: Exceptions apply to students participating or taking part in student related activities/functions and other activities approved by school administration. 


     In compliance with federal laws, the Alamance-Burlington School System administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Director of Student Services, Alamance Burlington School System, 1712 Vaughn Road, Burlington,