2013-2014 School Dress Code
The PLC has been established as a business-like environment. Therefore, the dress code reflects that of the business setting while also allowing students to remain young adults. The dress code is designed as a teaching tool to provide guidance for our student to prepare for job interviews, scholarship interviews, college interviews, and the business work environment. The Cabarrus County Schools' board has a very general dress policy, which states: "appropriate hair and dress styles are essential to the maintenance of a proper atmosphere for the educational process and will be required of all students in the Cabarrus County School System. Any extremes deemed by the principal to be disruptive or detract from normal school atmosphere will not be permitted." The PLC's dress code specifically addresses the following:
1. Shorts, skirts or culottes no more than 3 inches above the knee(height of an ID card).
2. Jeans are acceptable.
3. No pajamas or leggings may be worn.
4. The shoulders and back must be covered.
5. Bare midriffs spaghetti straps, see through shirts, tank tops that do not completely cover the shoulders, excessively low necklines (showing any cleavage) and muscle shirts are not acceptable. When arms are extended overhead (raised), the shirt must cover the midriff.
6. Bicycle shorts, exceptionally tight, exceptionally baggyand transparent clothing is not acceptable.
7. Holes in jeans above the knee, or any clothing, are unacceptable.
8. Bedroom slippers are not permitted.
9. Clothing which advertises or portrays gangs, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, nudity, obscene language or has any slogan, or picture which is not in good taste or demeaning to any group or gender, is not to be worn in school.
10. A slogan or symbol which disrupts or distracts from the educational process is not acceptable
11. Sunglasses and headwear including but not limited to hats, caps, stocking caps, toboggans, bandannas, large headbands or any other headgear are not to be worn by any student while in the building.
12. Any appropriate garment should be worn as it was meant to be worn. (i.e., pants should be worn around the waist; the waistband of the undergarment should never be higher than the waistband of the outer-garment).
13. Chains and jewelry containing spikes create safety hazards and are not permitted.
Students will not be permitted to attend class if inappropriately dressed. Students must cover or change clothing that is deemed inappropriate. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action by administration.
Dress for Success Days
The first Thursday of each month will be deemed as Dress for Success Days. The dress code for dress for success days will be Business Casual, no jeans, shorts, flip flops, or sneakers.
Business casual is crisp, neat, and should look appropriate even for a chance meeting with a CEO. It should not look like cocktail or party or picnic attire. Avoid tight or baggy clothing; business casual is classic rather than trendy.
Khaki or dark pants, neatly pressed, and a pressed, buttoned shirt are safe for both men and women. Women can wear sweaters; cleavage is not business-appropriate (despite what you see in the media). Polo/golf shirts, unwrinkled, are an appropriate choice. This may not seem like terribly exciting attire, but you are not trying to stand out for your cutting edge look, but for your good judgment in a business environment.
Shoes / belt:
Wear a leather belt and leather shoes. Athletic shoes and flip flops are inappropriate.
Specifics for men's business casual
Ties are generally not necessary for business casual, but if you are in doubt, you can wear a tie. It never hurts to slightly overdress; by dressing nicely, you pay a compliment to your host. You can always wear the tie and discreetly walk by the room where the function is held; if no one else is wearing a tie, you can discreetly remove yours.
Long-sleeved shirts are considered dressier than short-sleeved and are appropriate even in summer. Choosing white or light blue solid or conservative stripes is your safest bet. Polo shirts (tucked in, of course) are acceptable in more casual situations. All shirts must be tucked in.
Khaki or slacks neatly pressed. No jeans or shorts.
Wear dark socks, mid-calf length so no skin is visible when you sit down.
Leather shoes should be worn. No sandals, athletic shoes or hiking boots.
Specifics for Women's business casual:
Don't confuse club attire with business attire. If you would wear it to a club, you probably shouldn't wear it in a business environment. Also, most attire worn on television is not appropriate for business environments. Don't be deluded.
Pants / skirts:
Women can wear casual pants or skirts. Neither should be tight. Fabrics should be crisp; colors should generally be solid; navy, black, gray, brown and khaki are always safe bets. For the most business-like appearance, pants should be creased and tailored; neither extreme of tight or flowing. If you are pursuing a conservative industry and are in doubt, observe well-dressed women in your industry on the job, at career fairs, at information sessions, etc. No jeans, skorts, or shorts.
Skirt length and slits:
Your skirt should follow normal dress code length. While you are seated, your thighs should be covered. If your skirt comes to just below the knee, a slit to just above the knee might be acceptable. A very long skirt should not be slit to above the knee. Generally slits in the center back of a skirt - to facilitate walking or stair climbing - are acceptable. Slits to facilitate a view of your legs are not appropriate for business purposes. Slips should not be visible.
Shirt / sweaters:
In addition to tailored shirts or blouses, tailored knit sweaters and sweater sets are appropriate business casual choices for women. Cotton, silk, and blends are appropriate. Velvets and shimmery fabrics suitable for parties are not appropriate. Fit should not be tight. Cleavage is not appropriate to business and job search occasions.
Should be leather or fabric / microfiber. For the most conservative look, toes should be covered. Sandals which are neither extremely dressy nor extremely casual might be appropriate. Thin straps and high heels are not appropriate. Chunky heels and platforms are not appropriate. Make certain you can walk comfortably in your shoes; hobbling around a school in shoes that are pinching your feet does not convey a professional image.
***The Principal has the final say on any questions concerning the dress code.