Student Dress Code


Section 9-11.8 Statement of School Board Policy:
Student attire impacts the teaching and learning environment. It can either promote a  more effective educational
environment or it can disrupt the educational climate and process. In order to ensure 
that our students’ education is conducted in an environment where safety risks,
disruptions, and distractions are minimized, all students enrolled in Suffolk Public
Schools shall adhere to dress regulation promulgated by the School Superintendent.
(Adopted March 8, 2012; Ordinance Number 11/12-15; Effective Date: July 1, 2012)
Legal Authority ─ Virginia Code §221.78 (1950), as amended.

REGULATION Section 6-9.2. An appropriate environment for learning required; appropriate dress
required; prohibited clothing. —

A. The School Board and Suffolk Public Schools Staff rely heavily on parents
and students to support the division's policies. One of the fundamental
purposes of school is to provide an appropriate environment for learning. A
student will maintain personal attire and grooming standards that promote
safety, health, and avoid unnecessary disruptions.

B. Suffolk Public Schools has established the following guidelines for student
dress while in the classroom or participating in school-sponsored activities:
• Shirts and blouses must include at least 3" width on shoulders, garments. 
Spaghetti straps, strapless tops, muscle shirts, off-shoulder shirts, and tank
tops are not allowed. The appropriate length of skirts, dresses and shorts will
be determined by the "fingertip rule." The length of skirts, dresses and shorts,
must extend below the student's fingertips when the student's arms are extended
at his/her sides. Only leggings, jeggings, and yoga pants that are opaque
(i.e., not able to be seen through) are allowed. Rips and holes in clothing are
• Clothing must not reveal undergarments such as underwear and bras. This
includes any article of clothing that does not cover the midriff, back, reveals
cleavage, sags below the beltline, or is sheer.
• Clothing and accessories may not advertise alcohol, tobacco, vaping, cannabis,
or any illegal substances, depict lewd graphics, display offensive or obscene
language, promote violence, or are gang related. Apparel that depict sexually
suggestive expressions or actions, profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, or
tobacco, or which degrade the integrity of individual groups are prohibited.
Slogans and graphics are prohibited across the buttocks.
• Sunglasses may not be worn within the building, unless prescribed by a doctor
for a legitimate reason. Wallet chains are not permitted.
• Unless worn for religious or medical reasons, head coverings are not permitted.
This includes hats, hoods, bandanas, combs, and picks. Headbands, headwraps
and/or scarves as they relate to a student’s customary country of origin,
religious attire or ethnic affinity are allowed.
• All shoes worn should not pose a safety concern. Slides, flip flops, and
slippers are permitted. Sandals with a back strap are permitted.

• Sleepwear may be worn only during designated school functions.
• Clothing worn by a student must not cause a disruption and/or distract others
from the educational process or pose a health or safety concern.

Revised July 12, 2018; Revised January 13, 2022 Legal Authority - School Board Policy §9-11.8.