The primary responsibility for the appearance of the students in WJCC Schools rests with parents and students themselves. It is the goal of WJCC schools to partner with parents and with students to help students develop self-respect and to prepare them for success in the business world. The Dress Code Policy is intended to provide guidance so student attire will reflect positively on the student and the school. In addition, the policy is designed to ensure that student attire will not be distracting or disruptive to the school environment, will not interfere with the educational process, will ensure observance of the health code of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and support the safety of the student and those about him or her.

School Administrators reserve the right to make decisions concerning questionable and inappropriate school attire. Parents of students violating the dress code policy will be contacted and requested to immediately provide appropriate clothing. Students unable to correct their dress may be placed in an alternative educational setting for the remainder of the day. Repeat violations will be cause for additional consequences.

School staff reserves the right to make judgment about the propriety of student attire and take appropriate action.

General Statements:

  • All undergarments must remain properly under appropriate cover or clothing.
  • Clothing that exposes or reveals the hips, midriff, lower back, upper thigh, buttocks, excessive cleavage, or navel is forbidden.
  • All shorts, skorts, skirts and dresses must not be shorter than the student’s fingertips when arms are fully extended.
  • Clothing or accessories which are form-fitting, suggestive, provocative, disruptive, defamatory, or distracting are not permitted.
  • Clothing or accessories which identify students with, or can be perceived as, gang affiliations are not permitted.

Headwear: The wearing of hats, hoods, sweatbands or any headpieces or head coverings such as bandanas, skullcaps, handkerchiefs, headbands, or any scarf or cloth worn about the head and covers the majority of the head will not be permitted inside the school building. Sunglasses are not to be worn inside the school building.

Footwear: Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. (Students are not to wear bedroom slippers in school.)

Shirts and Blouses: All undergarments will remain under appropriate cover or clothing. Transparent shirts or blouses, backless shirts, halter-tops, tube tops, open sided tops (such as basketball-type jerseys) or cut off tee shirts and other tops that expose the chest, cleavage, back, midriff, navel or waistline are prohibited. Mesh-type shirts or jerseys that expose the chest or midriff also are inappropriate. Clothing with string or “spaghetti” straps is not permitted. The minimum acceptable width of a shoulder strap is the width of a standard credit card, phone card, or driver’s license.

Bottoms: All undergarments must remain fully under appropriate cover or clothing. Hips, midriff, buttocks, lower back, upper thigh and navel will remain covered with clothing whether standing, sitting or bending. Mini skirts, short skirts, “short” shorts, or form fitting attire that is revealing or disruptive to the learning environment are prohibited. Sleepwear or lounge pants will not be permitted. Skirts and dresses must be no shorter than the length of a standard credit card placed directly above the knee.

Symbolic and Suggestive Clothing: Any clothing that contains or displays nudity, provocative or vulgar messages or suggestions, sexual innuendo, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, tobacco, or any alcohol/tobacco products, advertisements, or logos will not be permitted. Clothing that is defamatory or offends or incites others is prohibited.

Accessories: Display of bandanas or accessories which identify students with or can be perceived as gang affiliations are not permitted. Students may not wear chains as part of their daily attire. Any decorative or excessive jewelry or accessory that may be considered dangerous or impact students’ safety, such as studded or pointed rings, bracelets, necklaces, belt buckles, or other adornments, shall not be permitted on school property. Accessories that contain or display provocative or vulgar messages, suggestions, advertisements or logos, sexual innuendo, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol or tobacco products will not be permitted on school property.

Students violating the dress code will be requested to correct their dress immediately. If unable to do so, the Assistant Principal or designee will authorize the student to call his/her parent/guardian to arrange a change of clothing. Students unable to correct their dress may be placed in an alternative educational setting for the remainder of the day. Repeat violations will be cause for additional consequences.