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Fort Bragg Middle School Dress Policy

Dress Code ImageAll students who attend Fort Bragg middle schools are expected to dress appropriately for the educational environment. Student attire should facilitate participation in learning as well as the health and safety of students and the adults that supervise them. All dress code requirements are intended to provide guidance for students, staff, and parents.


  1. Face masks are optional unless HPCON level dictates face masks mandate.  Face masks with valves are prohibited.
  2. Clothing must cover areas from one shoulder across to the other shoulder and upper shoulder, down to the top of the knee (see images above).   Bottoms must be worn at the waist. Tops must have sleeves.  Rips, holes or tears in clothing above the knee must have appropriate fabric coverage underneath.
  3. Shoes must be worn at all times and should be safe for the school environment. Tennis shoes must be worn during PE classes. Closed-toe shoes will be worn during science labs. House slippers, sports slides, flip flops, “shower shoes,” shoes with wheels, or “heelies” and shoes with a high heel are not permitted.
  4. Clothing must not reveal undergarments. See-through or mesh garments must not be worn without appropriate coverage underneath that meet the minimum requirements of the dress code.
  5. Headgear including hats and caps are not allowed unless permitted for religious, medical, or other reason by school administration.
  6. Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.
  7. Perfumes, fragrant lotions and hand sanitizers and wipes are to be used in minimal amounts and will not be sprayed or applied in the classroom due to the potential health hazard to students with asthma and allergies.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Students’ appearance, clothing, jewelry, book bags, and any other articles may not:
    1. depict or contain implied acts of or messages/images relating to weapons, knives, profanity, vulgarity, obscenity, violence, gore, sex, lewdness, gang affiliation, and/or other inappropriate language.
    2. contain messages/images related to and/or promote the use or abuse of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and/or illegal substances.
    3. create a threat to or compromise the health or safety of the student or others; be associated with intimidation, bullying, racial/ethnic slurs or epithets, violent groups, and/or about any issue which students have been previously notified by school personnel; or disrupt the educational process, class or school environment, or school operations.
  2. Excessively tight clothing (e.g., Spandex pants or tops, yoga-style pants or tops, leggings, pull-ups, jeggings, or pajama jeans), excessively baggy clothing, pajamas or other sleepwear, swimwear or undergarments may not be worn as outer garments. Jeans and joggers must follow all dress code requirements.
  3. Solid full-length leggings, hose, and tights may be worn under other clothing; however, the outer garments must meet the student dress code requirements, including length. Above the knee length socks or hosiery are prohibited and cannot be worn in lieu of meeting the requirement to wear clothing down to the top of the knee.
  4. Accessories (e.g., scarves worn around the neck, neckties, and belts) may be worn if consistent with this policy. Students will not wear scarves that cover all or part of the head. Sunglasses or headgear will not be worn inside the school building. This includes, but is not limited to, hats, caps, hoods, headphones, sweatbands, bandanas and/or scarves worn on the head. Elastic circular headbands and U-shape plastic headbands may be worn; however, these headbands will not be worn around the forehead and they will have no decorations or other items extending from them. Chains attached to wallets or trouser/pants are not permitted. Excessively long jewelry chains, large pendants or medallions, oversized jewelry or gang-related beads are not permitted. Jewelry and other items with spikes or sharp edges may not be worn. For safety, jewelry and visible body piercing items must be removed in PE class. Headgear including hats and caps are not allowed unless permitted for religious, medical, or other reason by school administration.

The administration at each school reserves the right to determine what constitutes appropriate dress. If an item worn by or in the possession of a student presents a safety concern, the principal may direct that it be removed and not be worn or return to school property or at school events. Students who do not adhere to the dress code will not be allowed to attend class. If a student's dress or appearance violates this dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem and the student’s parent(s) will be notified of the violation. The student will return promptly to his or her class after the violation has been corrected. Consequences for the second and subsequent violations may result in an office referral, school detention and more serious consequences. The principal or his/her designee will make the final determination regarding the student's attire or appearance. This includes resolving all issues of interpretation or application of the student dress code policy.

*Special Note: School principals may designate spirit wear days and special events during which students may wear clothing that is otherwise prohibited. Students who do not wear the attire approved for such activities will wear the standardized dress code attire.