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Holly Shelter Middle School,  Home of the Hurricanes,  Jayne Kiker, Principal, 3921 Roger Haynes Drive, Castle Hayne, NC, 28429, Phone (910) 602-4046, Fax (910) 602-4045

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Holly Shelter Dress Code

 DRESS CODE (HSMS 2017-2018) (NHCS POLICY 8520)

Please mark articles of clothing with your child's name.


  • All tops must be any solid-colored COLLARED shirt or HSMS spirit wear. Tops may not have striping, graphics, or printed words/logos larger than 3x3 inches appearing anywhere other than on the chest area. The same policy applies to hoodies, sweaters, fleece, etc.
  • Official Holly Shelter spirit wear may be worn at any time (sleeveless jerseys must have a uniform top underneath)


  • All bottoms must be plain and solid colored, including only: black, khaki, gray, or navy blue
  • Bottoms may include:
    • Black, khaki, and gray denim
    • Uniform style, knee length shorts
    • Athletic shorts or sweatpants with the Holly Shelter Logo
    • Dresses, skirts, or jumpers must fall at knee level
    • Pants must be worn at natural wasit line and boys must wear a belt to keep pants at natural waist line - sagging is unacceptable.



  • Footwear may include tennis shoes, boots, or sandals with a back strap.
  • The following are NOT allowed:
    • Flip flops, Rainbows or other sandals without a back strap
    • TEVAS/water shoes
    • Open back Crocs sandals


  • Jackets, scarves, gloves, and hats may be worn to school, but must be placed in students' lockers upon entry into the building.


The following are NOT allowed and will result in missed classroom instruction as student will be sent to ISS until a change of clothes can be provided by parent

  • NO Athletic pants, track pants, or sweatpants, that do not have the Holly Shelter Logo
  • NO Leggings, Jeggings or Yoga pants
  • NO Head bands or scarves (unless they are one of the Holly Shelter solid colors)
  • NO Blue Jeans (unless a jean designated day) and never with holes or rips in them
  • NO Sagging pants-pants must cover undergarments, and ride at your waist at all times

Assume that any garment type, style, or fad not listed above is not in accordance with the HSMS dress code.

  • Decisions about compliance will be determined by school staff.
  • “Plain” means without graphics, pinstripes, dyed or embroidered designs
  • No undergarments are to be visible at any time.
  • All clothing must be fitted appropriately. It must be worn at natural waist level and not be "too tight" or "too loose."
  • Clothing may not be tied, knotted, or worn inside out.

Dress Code is part of Holly Shelter. It is supported by our staff and administration. Students who are prepared for school each day in dress code do not interrupt the learning environment of our school. Instruction is the main focus of each day. Therefore, dress code will be enforced, and students out of dress code will face consequences.

For the first few days of school, students will receive a written warning regarding dress code violations and be allowed to make the needed changes. Students who are not in dress code after day 3, will be sent to ISS (In School Suspension) and required to call home. You will be allowed to bring in proper clothing for your child so that they may return to class.

After the first week of school, dress code violations will result in automatic ISS. Anytime a student is sent to ISS for a dress code violation, parents may bring a change of clothes before 9:00AM. If the student is unable to change their clothing, they will remain in ISS for the day to complete their school work. Habitual dress code violations may result in a charge of Unruly youth, and consequences could include change of school placement.


The New Hanover County School System is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, orientation, age or disability in any of its programs or activities.

In compliance with Federal law, including Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, New Hanover County Schools administers all state-operated educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination because of disability, race, religion, national, or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, or gender except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.

To file a complaint of discrimination, contact: Dr. Rick Holliday, Deputy Superintendent, Student Support and Federal Programs, 6410 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412, Telephone (910) 254-4206; Fax (910) 254-4226.

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