Dress Code


Buncombe County School Board Policy 4316 states that each school must develop “guidelines that balance the needs for individuality with the needs of maintaining safety, orderliness, and good taste for the school community.”  Erwin Middle School believes that certain articles of clothing, while appropriate in casual settings, are not appropriate for the educational environment. We believe that adherence to our dress code policy helps to prepare students for future success.


To help students, parents, and faculty members understand what is an appropriate length for school the following guideline has been provided: if the student’s arms are placed beside the outer thighs, the garment is to be no shorter than the tip of the student’s middle finger. These guidelines are also posted on our school’s website.  


  1. Clothing will cover all undergarments, students’ backs, sides, shoulders, chest and stomach areas.  Pants will be worn around the waist – no shorts or undergarments should be visible.  

  2. Straps on shirts must be at least three fingers wide). See-through lace/mesh clothing must be layered with another garment that meets dress code requirements. Tube tops, halter tops, backless tops, and strapless shirts are not permitted.  

  3. Skirts, dresses and shorts will adhere to the tip of the middle finger rule as stated above.

  4. Leggings or other form-fitted leg coverings are ONLY permitted IF worn with appropriate length shirts (backside covered).

  5. All skin must be covered if pants have holes or slits and must adhere the middle finger rule as stated above. 

  6. Students are not to wear any type of head covering including sweatshirt hoods, hats, toboggans, and/or headphones while in the school building – unless for religious observances or as a PBIS award.

  7. Students are prohibited from wearing any metal chains, bullets, fish hooks, or metal spiked apparel and accessories.  

  8. Students may not wear any garment or accessory displaying language or images (profanity, sexual suggestions/insinuations, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, bodily functions, ethnic slurs, slogans or symbols) that are inappropriate for a school setting.  

  9. Any item deemed to be gang related will be subject to ban according to BCSB Policy #4328.  Parental notice will be given.  

  10. Pajama-like clothing, slippers and blankets are not permitted.

**Administrators have final discretion of the dress code**

Buncombe County School Board Policy states “before being punished, a student who is not in compliance with this policy or a school dress code will be given a reasonable period of time to make adjustments so that he or she will be in compliance.” Violations of the dress code policy should be corrected as soon as possible. Students who are not dressed appropriately for the educational environment should be advised privately and will be given an opportunity to make corrections. 

It is the responsibility of all staff to monitor and address student dress code.  Students

shall comply with directions from any staff member in regards to this policy.