School Uniform and Dress Code
Dress Code Benefits
The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School Board has a mandatory dress code for all elementary and middle school students. There are many positive reasons for a school dress code, including:
- A dress code encourages students to express their individuality through personality and academic achievements, not outward appearances
- A dress code puts the focus on academics, not fashion, because they project a neat, serious, businesslike image
- Schools with dress codes have fewer discipline problems because students aren't distracted
- Dress codes can be less expensive
- Dress codes eliminate the visible differences between needy and wealthy children
- Dress codes eliminate pressure to wear brand name clothing, "gang colors," etc.
- Dress codes create a sense of school pride and belonging
The board believes that the dress and personal appearance of students greatly affect their academic performance and
their interaction with other students. The board requests that parents outfit their children in clothing that is
conductive to learning. The board prohibits any appearance or clothing that does the following:
- violates a reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the school;
- is substantially disruptive;
- is provocative or obscene; or
- endangers the health or safety of the student or others.
Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to, exposed undergarments; sagging pants;
excessively short or tight garments; bare midriff shirts; strapless or spaghetti strap shirts; attire with messages or
illustrations that are lewd, indecent or vulgar or that advertise products or services that are not permitted by law to
minors; head coverings of any kind; see-through clothing; attire that exposes cleavage; any adornment, such as
chains or spikes, that reasonably could be perceived as or used as a weapon; and any symbols, styles or attire
frequently associated with intimidation, violence, or violent groups.
Click here to view Dress Code Policy