Dress Code


Portsmouth City Public School students shall not wear the following items; 

  • Clothing, pins, jewelry, accessories or other items of adornment displaying obscene, profane, derogatory, violent or gang-related messages, themes, designs, or pictures; 
  • Clothing, pins, jewelry, accessories or other items of adornment conveying messages related to or promoting the use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products, or products or messages that promote illegal activities.  
  • Clothing, pins, jewelry, accessories or other items of adornment depicting bawdy, salacious, or sexually suggestive messages. 
  • Clothing that is transparent or exposes the midriff, navel, or cleavage. 
  • Pants, skirts and/or shorts that sag below the waistline or must be held in place with the hands. 
  • Underwear as outer garments or clothing that exposes underwear (including, but not limited to: stretch lycra, spanks or nylon tights, leotards, biker pants, biker shorts, bathing suits, pajamas). 
  • Tank tops, halter tops, garments with spaghetti straps, tube tops, fishnet tops, strapless dresses or other clothing that is not appropriate because of slits, rips or holes in the garment. 
  • Accessories which could in some way pose a danger to the wearer or others; and/or could be used as weapons (including, but not limited to: two-or-three finger rings, chains hanging from clothes, picks, hair chopsticks). 
  • Clothing that is too tight and/or is inappropriate in length as determined by the building principal/designee. 
  • Inappropriate footwear (including but not limited to: shower shoes and beach shoes, such as thongs, bedroom slippers, and unfastened shoes or shoes missing appropriate closures).
  • Head coverings or accessories that are not related to or required by student’s bona fide religious practices (including, but not limited to: stocking caps, do rags, wave caps, scarves, or bandanas)
  • Items that are intended for outdoor use (including but not limited to: hats, caps and similar head coverings, scarves, jackets and coats).


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