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Holly Shelter Dress Code

2014 -2015 Holly Shelter Middle School Dress Code
(Ref. BOE Policy #8520 Student Dress code)


  • All tops, including shirts, HOODIES, SWEATSHIRTS, ETC, must be plain and solid colored, including ONLY the following colors: black, white, gray, green, pink, or orange
  • Tops may include:
    • collared shirts (may display a logo no larger than 3x3 inches on the chest area only)
    • sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, or fleece must be uniform colors and a uniform top must be worn underneath
  • Official Holly Shelter spirit wear may be worn at any time (sleeveless jerseys must have a uniform top underneath).


  • All dresses must be plain and solid colored, including ONLY the following colors: black, white, gray, green, pink, or orange.


  • All bottoms must be plain and solid colored, including ONLY the following colors: black, khaki or navy blue
  • Bottoms may include:
    • Uniform style, 4-pocket pants or capris
    • Uniform style, knee length or shorts
    • Skirts, or jumpers
  • Official Holly Shelter spirit wear at any time
  • The following are NOT allowed:
    • Pants or shorts with side/thigh pockets (such as cargo or carpenter)
    • Athletic pants (such as yoga pants, track pants, or sweatpants)


  • Footwear may include tennis shoes, boots, or sandals with a back strap.
  • The following are NOT allowed:
    • Flip flops or other sandals without a back strap
    • TEVAS/water shoes
    • Crocs
    • Heelies/any shoe with wheels in them

Outer Wear:

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

Dressing Out in PE Class:

  • Shorts (no denim), shirts, sneakers.
  • Appropriate shorts length - shorts must come to the ends of the fingertips when arms are extended.
  • Change out Mandatory for all students!
  • Shirts (no tank tops boys or girls), T-shirts recommended.
  • Winter- students will go outside, sweat pants and shirts recommended.

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.

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.