School Uniforms

6050 School Uniform Dress Code 6050
A safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to maximize student achievement and
to ensure that students reach their full potential. The Kannapolis City Board of Education
believes that a school uniform dress code is a positive and cost- effective way to create a more
unified, positive, and safe school climate focused more strongly on the learning process.
Research has demonstrated that school uniforms increase school safety by minimizing
disruptive behavior, decreasing violence, helping prevent gang activity, instilling and improving
discipline, and helping maintain the focus on learning. It is expected that a school uniform dress
code will promote respect for teachers, build school spirit, decrease unhealthy competition
involving fashion trends and dress, ease the strain on parental clothing budgets, and allow for
easy identification of intruders on campus.


6050.1 Student and Parent Notification
It is the responsibility of the school principal to communicate the information contained
in this policy so that students and parents are able to comply with the school uniform
dress code requirements.


6050.2 School Uniform Dress Code
A. Shirts and Blouses – K-12
a. Shirts and blouses must be collared. Pullover shirts, known as golf or polo
shirts, turtlenecks, and button-down shirts, or “oxford” shirts, are acceptable.
Shirts may be long or short sleeved.
b. The colors:
a. For grades K-6 - any solid color
b. In grade 7 – any solid color green shirt
c. In grade 8 – any solid color blue shirt
d. In grades 9-12 – Students must wear collared golf, polo, or oxford shirts
of one solid color of white, gray, navy blue, or green
c. Shirts and blouses with more than one color will not be permitted.
d. Shirts and blouses may bear a thumb size or smaller brand logo; school logo
shirts may be worn, or shirts with the “Kannapolis K” may be worn.
e. Shirts and blouses are to be tucked in neatly at all times.
f. All shirts worn must cover the chest area and be buttoned as such.
g. Undergarments are not to be worn as outer garments.
B. Bottom Wear
a. Boys may wear shorts, cargo shorts, or pants. Girls may wear shorts, cargo
shorts, pants, capri pants, skirts, or jumpers. (Yoga, Leggings, Jeggins, or
other form fitting attire are not considered pants for the purpose of this
policy).
b. The colors permitted for bottom wear at each school and grade level shall be
navy, black, or khaki. Bottom wear with more than one color will not be
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permitted. Schools may use any of these color choices in their school-level
Student Code of Conduct.
c. Bottom wear shall be made of a twill-like material, corduroy, or dress slacks.
d. Jeans and baggy pants are not permitted. Pants with holes or chains,
spandex, or sweatpants are unacceptable.
e. All bottom wear must be worn at waist-level. In grades 7-12, a belt should be
worn with bottom wear that has belt loops. In grades K-6, belts will be
encouraged as appropriate.
f. The length of shorts and skirts shall comply with the fingertip rule for grades
Kindergarten through eight and should come to the knees for grades nine
through twelve.
g. Students shall not roll up one or both legs of shorts or pants.
h. Tights or other form fitting attire may be worn under approved bottom wear,
but must be solid in color.


C. Sweaters, Sweatshirts, and Undershirts
a. Sweaters, sweatshirts, and visible undershirts must be the color(s) designated
for each school and/or grade level. White undershirts are permissible.
b. Sweaters and sweatshirts may not bear any emblems, insignias, logos, or
slogans, other than that of the student’s individual school, a small thumb-sized
brand logo, or the “Kannapolis K”.
c. Sweaters and sweatshirts must be waist-banded and worn at the waist.
d. Any type shirt may be worn as under shirts as long as the polo/oxford shirt is
worn as the outer shirt and is one of the solid colors above for that grade
span or gray, black, or white. (The undershirt may not have a hood on it.)


D. Jackets/Hoodies
a. Hoodies may not be worn as the outer or under shirt. Anything with a hood is considered a hoodie.
b. Jackets must be appropriately sized and may not be baggy or oversized.
c. Jackets may not be worn in class unless the student’s teacher approves such use.
d. Anything with a hood may be worn to school. The hooded jacket must be
taken off after entering the building prior to the start of school. At no time
shall the hood of the jacket be worn on the head while on the bus or in a
school building. Rules for wearing hooded jackets out to recess or other
outside events will be handled at the school level.

E. Shoes
a. Students are not allowed to wear any form of shoe that rolls or has a rolling
mechanism.
b. Bedroom shoes, flip-flops and sandals are prohibited.
c. Shoes must be tied or properly fastened at all times.
d. K-8 shoes may not have open toes or open heels.
e. 9-12 only dress shoes with heels may be of the open toe or open heel variety.

F. Headwear
a. Headwear may not be worn on campus. This includes, but is not limited to,
bandanas, rags, headbands, scarves, hats, and combs. This section does not
apply to weather-related headgear. Weather related headgear may not be
worn inside. Hair rollers with or without scarves are also not to be worn.

G. Jewelry
a. Excessive jewelry is not acceptable. Students should refrain from wearing
large rings and/or expensive jewelry. No dental grills (jewelry worn as
“fronts” on teeth) are allowed. Pierced earrings may be worn in the ears only.
No other body piercings jewelry may be worn.

H. Athletic and Club Clothing
a. Clubs and teams may not sell or give as prizes attire that does not meet the
dress code, but is expected to be worn at school. If attire is sold or won that
does not meet the dress code, such attire may NOT be worn at school.
b. Policy H. should at no time be in conflict with any ROTC program
requirements or other program that requires formal dress.

I. Exceptions to the Dress Code
1. Spirit Days
a. Principals may allow spirit days. However, hoodies at no time will be
allowed for spirit days.
2. Exceptions to the dress code: May be approved by the principal on special
days
a. Dresses or skirts should be knee length or longer.
b. Shoulders should be covered completely if not by the top of the dress,
then by a sweater that is worn at all times.
c.The chest area, back and midriff (torso) must be completely covered .
d. Ties and bow ties may be worn.


6050.3 Discipline
Compliance with policy is mandatory. Generally, each school should achieve full compliance
with this policy through the use of positive reinforcement and incentive measures.
Students transferring in from other school districts will have a 30-day grace period before
compliance becomes mandatory.
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A student in violation of the school uniform dress code may be subject to various measures.
For initial or minor violations, simply notifying the student and parent of the violation and
immediately correcting the problem should be sufficient. For repeated or patently offensive
violations that demonstrate a conscious decision not to adhere to the school uniform dress code
requirements, the student may be subject to more severe discipline, up to and including inschool
or out-of-school suspension.
School administration shall employ a “progressive discipline” approach, with notification to the
parents, so as to encourage full compliance with not more discipline than is reasonably
necessary.


6050.4 Special Considerations
A. Religious Exemptions
This policy is not intended to substantially interfere with a student’s bona fide religious
beliefs. If a student wishes to seek an exemption to this policy based on religious belief,
the student’s parent or guardian should submit a written statement to the school
principal explaining the religious belief and how it is adversely affected by complying
with the school uniform dress code. The written statement may include examples of
circumstances in which the sincerity of the religious belief has been demonstrated.
If the school principal believes a religious exemption is appropriate based on the written
statement, the principal may grant the exemption. If the principal has reason to believe
that the student does not qualify for this exemption, the principal shall notify the
superintendent who may authorize the exemption. If the superintendent believes the
student might not qualify for the religious exemption, the superintendent shall seek the
advice of the attorney for the Board of Education. After consideration of the Board
attorney’s advice, the superintendent shall decide whether to allow the exemption.
The superintendent’s decision to deny an exemption based on religious beliefs shall be
subject to review by the Board of Education. During this review process, the student
requesting an exemption will be permitted to remain in school and not be required to
comply with the school uniform dress code.


B. Exercise of Free Speech
A student wearing a non-disruptive button, armband or other accoutrement which
constitutes a protect expression of free speech will not be in violation of this policy. The
student may not wear such insignia as to circumvent the intentions of this policy.
Administrators may regulate the size of style of such insignias to reduce disruption, but
not to interfere with students’ established legal rights.

C. Financial Hardships
Upon written request to the principal, the Kannapolis City Schools may assist compliance
by families suffering financial hardships. Assistance will be given to those families that
have financial difficulties in adhering to this policy.

D. Special Events
The school principal may designate particular school days or events during which
uniforms do not have to be worn.


E. Special Uniforms
The school principal may allow students to wear athletic uniforms or jerseys that are
related to school activities.


F. Interpretation of Policy
The school principal or designee shall have authority to make all reasonable decisions
and interpretations regarding the implementation of this school uniform dress code. If a
student, parent or guardian has questions about whether a particular item of clothing
satisfies the school uniform dress code, the student, parent or guardian is encouraged to
ask the school principal or designee.


G. Staff and Community Involvement
The Board of Education believes that a school uniform dress code policy is most
effective when it is developed and accepted by the majority of staff and parents. The
school principal shall seek input from school staff and parents in connection with the
school uniform dress code policy. The school principals may bring recommendations to
the Board of Education from time to time if the school principals feel that changes or
adjustments to the policy are desirable.


H. Additional Rules by School Principal
School principals shall have the authority to make rules and regulations that are not
inconsistent with this policy.
Adopted: April 5, 2004
Revised: March 7, 2005
Revised: July 20, 2009
Revised: August 8, 2010
Revised: July 15, 2013
Revised: June 29, 201
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