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WHHS Dress code changes for 2017-18 approved by Board
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Thursday, July 06, 2017
Dress Code Update!

Wade Hampton High School Student Dress Code


Personal appearance of students should promote health and safety, contribute to a climate conducive to teaching and learning, and project a positive image of the district to the community. Clothing/hair/accessories should not be so extreme or inappropriate to the school setting as to disrupt the educational process. Therefore, any items deemed distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive shall not be permitted. Neither parents nor students will place the burden of enforcing the dress code solely on the school. Parents and students are expected to comply to ensure that a comfortable, safe, and non-confrontational environment is provided for all students. The HSD Board of Trustees reserves the right to ban from school those students whose personal appearance is disruptive to the educational process and orderly operation of the school.



- Students may wear collared shirts in WHHS approved colors: black, red, or white.  Students may also wear school spirit t-shirts in approved school colors of black, red, white, or gray (or a combination of these colors) that represent school clubs, teams, and related activities.

- Tops must be modest (provide appropriate coverage)

-No tank tops, spaghetti straps, crop tops, or other styles that reveal any part of the mid-section will be permitted.

-NJROTC students may wear Navy (blue and gold) apparel issued through the NJROTC unit. Other WHHS clubs must have principal approval to wear non-WHHS colored apparel.

-Only logos or insignia with school-appropriate images and words (No images or words indicating weapons, illegal items, profane or degrading subjects.)

-Students may wear sweaters or sweatshirts (hooded or non-hooded) that comply with school colors and logo requirements.

-Team uniform tops must be worn with dress code bottoms.


Pants, Skirts, and Shorts (Bottoms)

-Bottoms must be solid khaki or black pants, skirts, or shorts. JEANS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

-Skirts and shorts must be no higher than one school-issued ID card above the knee when standing.

-No cargo (exterior pockets on the legs) or jogger (elastic around the ankles) pants or shorts.

-No baggy or sagging pants or shorts. Pants must be worn at the natural waistline.

-No rolled up pants legs.

-Belts, sashes, and straps must be appropriately fastened.

-Jeggings, leggings, spandex, tights or bottoms of any other stretch material are only permitted when worn under an appropriate-length skirt.  (Must be a solid color in one of the approved school colors)

-Bottoms must be free of graphics and embroidery (no insignias, words, or graphics larger than a quarter).


Coats, Jackets, Sweaters, and Sweatshirts   -must be black, red, white, or gray (or a combination of these colors)

-Outerwear must stay unzipped inside buildings.

-No wearing hoods inside buildings.



Shoes, Sneakers, and Boots (Footwear)

-Footwear must be worn at all times and must conform to special requirements, such as PE.

-Laces on footwear must be tied.

-No flip-flops, slides, sandals, Crocs, or other slide-on shoes or slippers. Shoes must enclose the foot. Heels should be less than 1 1/2 inch.


Other Clothing Items or Accessories

-No large pendants or medallions.

-No adornments that could be perceived as or used as a weapon, such as chains, spikes, etc.

-No gang, sexual, profane, drug-related, or otherwise degrading symbols or words on clothing or accessories (includes book bags, notebooks, or any other item brought to school), as identified by local law enforcement agencies and administrators.

-No head coverings of any kind, including, but not limited to: hoods, hats, caps, bandanas, headbands, masks, visors, kerchiefs, athletic sweatbands (on head or elsewhere), earmuffs, headphones, earbuds, Bluetooth devices, sunglasses, or hoods. Head coverings may not be worn, carried, hung on belts, or worn around the neck at any time in school buildings.

-Girls’ hair accessories (headbands, barrettes) must be no wider than 1/2 inch.

-No combs, picks, or hair curlers may be worn in hair (Grooming tools may not be used outside of the bathrooms.) Metal picks and combs with sharp ends are not allowed on campus.


Other Dress Code Requirements

-Students may be required/allowed to dress out for particular classes/activities, according to teachers’ standards (PE clothes, NJROTC uniforms, automotive/wood shop work clothes, health science scrubs, professional wear for presentations, etc.   NJROTC uniforms and health science scrubs worn on days of clinical may be worn all day; all others can be changed into and worn only during the specified class period.)






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