Student Dress Code

Dress and General Appearance


Parents are asked to cooperate in having students dress and groom appropriately for school.  General guidelines for appearance are in the Student Code of Conduct Standards and Expectations for Student Behavior K-12.  Any student clothing or appearance distracting to anyone in the learning environment or poses a potential safety hazard is inappropriate and not permitted in any Roanoke City middle school.  Students will be required to change and will not be permitted to attend class until attired or groomed appropriately.  Dress code violations will be documented and disciplinary action may be taken.  The following are guidelines for Woodrow Wilson Middle School:


  1. Shorts, dresses, rompers, and skirts must be knee length and not tight or revealing in any way.
  2. See-through shirts, tank tops, net tops, bare midriffs or backs, low cut tops that expose cleavage, halter tops, pajamas, etc. are not appropriate for school.  Undergarments and tank tops should not be visible.
  3. No hats, scarves, headbands, hoods, picks, combs, rollers, headphones, or other headgear except for bona fide religious reasons will be allowed.
  4. Chains, spiked jewelry, or other jewelry symbolizing drugs, sex, violence, or hate of any person or group is not permitted.  Jewelry of any sort should not be worn in physical education class.
  5. Flip flops, bedroom slippers, roller shoes, or other footwear that may pose a safety concern may not be worn to school.
  6. No outside coats, oversized sweatshirts, outside vests, or outerwear will be permitted in class.  Hooded shirts are strongly discouraged.  Students should wear sweaters or sweatshirts if needed for the winter months.
  7. Clothing that advertises alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, gangs, or hate of any person or group is not allowed.  This includes clothing with inappropriate language, pictures, and or insinuations.
  8. Book bags, backpacks, string bags, and coats create a space and safety issue and should be locked in the locker during class time.
  9. Pants must be belted or worn at the waist so that undergarments or skin is not exposed.  Leggings are permitted; however, shirts, sweaters, dresses must have at least a 4 inch inseam.
  10. Makeup, hair design, or drawings on body or clothing that is distracting is not permitted in class.  Students will be required to remove the distraction.




Teachers or administrators may address other styles or trends that are not acceptable for an educational environment.  Students that are not following dress code may have disciplinary actions including: ISS or OSS.

Rosalind Henderson