The Mecklenburg County Public Schools Dress code will apply for all students in all grades Pre-K to 12th grade while at school. Discretion will be used when applying the Dress Code to Pre-K to 2nd grade students. Dress is expected to be appropriate and safe for all school activities. Dress that is distracting or disruptive is considered inappropriate and improper at school. Parents and students must assume the responsibility of the student’s proper attire as outlined in MCPS policy. If a student’s dress or appearance is inappropriate, lack in cleanliness, is not in good taste, or substantially disrupts class or leaning activities, the student will be required to change his/her dress or appearance.


**All faculty and staff must adhere to the same dress code guidelines as expected for students.**


  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Stretch leggings, jeggings, tights may be warn with a shirt, blouse or dress IF the shirt, blouse, or dress is no shorter than 4 inches above the knee all the way around the body.
  • No “slacking” or ”sagging” of pants or shorts is allowed. All pants and shorts must be worn at the waistline. No underwear may be revealed. Nor should gym shorts or any other garments underneath outer layer of clothing be visible.
  • Students should not wear hats, other head covering, ear buds, headphones, or sunglasses during the school day and during school sponsored activities that are inside the school building. These areas include classrooms, hallways, restrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, media center, and another other areas designated by the school administration. School administrators can make adjustments to the above based on school events (ex. spirit week), religious beliefs, customs, and/or medical reasons per individual student. No fishhooks or any other pins should be displayed on hats.
  • Mesh-styled shirts and blouses, clothes or jewelry imprinted with suggestive or vulgar language, shirt or blouses exposing the midriff and any clothing over-exposing the body, including razor back shirts, thin strapped tank tops and thin strapped blouses are not allowed.
  • Shorts, skirts, tops to cover leggings, and dresses should be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee all the way around the student.
  • Tops and sleeveless shirts must be three fingers in width. Jerseys with large arm holes are not permitted unless there is a t-shirt worn underneath.
  • Students shall not wear clothing that exposes cleavage.
  • No gang related clothing, accessories, or symbols as identified by the Local Law Enforcement Agencies (Meck. Co. Sheriff’s Dept.) will be allowed on any school site or at any school sponsored activity.
  • Curlers, picks, comb (except for barrette style), or rakes in the hair, hoods, hats, caps, gloves, sweatbands, scarves, wave caps, bonnets, or sunglasses are no headwear accessories. Scarves may be worn around the neck.
  • Heavy chains may not be worn or brought to school on belts or wallets.
1st Offense:    Parent phone call for parent to bring proper clothes to school immediately.
2nd Offense:   One (1) day of ISS  
3rd Offense:    Overnight suspension/required parent conference upon return
4th Offense:    One (1) day of Out of School Suspension