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Dress Code Policy Update

Kannapolis City Board of Education has, in partnership with district and school leaders, reviewed and revised the Student Dress Code (Policy 4316) for the 2020-2021 school year. The Board believes that a safe and supportive learning environment is essential to operating successful schools. To this end, the Board has adopted a student dress code to assist administrators, teachers, students and parents in fulfilling a mission of Kannapolis City Schools to provide all students quality educational opportunities that enable them to become successful and responsible citizens. This dress code is designed to encourage learning, promote positive behavior, and support safety.

First and most importantly, KCS is pleased to share that the revisions to the dress code do not require any new clothing items. Items of clothing that met the dress code last school year will continue to meet the dress code this year.

Secondly, options for dress code have been expanded. For example, collared shirts may now be any color. Additionally, shirts with a KCS or KCS school logo, including KCS school spirit wear, will be permitted every school day. Outerwear has been specifically expanded to now include hooded sweatshirts or jackets worn over other approved top wear, as long as the hood is removed from the head while inside the school building or on the school bus. Also, pants may now be gray, in addition to navy, black or khaki.


  • Collared short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts
  • Shirts with a KCS or KCS school logo (including KCS school spirit wear)
  • Shirts shorter than mid-thigh if untucked
  • Collared dresses or tunics are permitted and should be mid-thigh or longer in length
  • Cover shoulders, chest, back and midriff completely
  • Undergarments are not to be visible


  • Shorts, pants, capris, skirts (does not include athletic/exercise pants or jeans)
  • Solid navy, black, khaki or gray
  • Worn at waist level
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses reach mid-thigh or longer
  • Tights, leggings or other form fitting attire may be worn under approved bottom wear
  • Undergarments are not to be visible


  • Hoods must be removed from the head while inside the school building or on the school bus
  • If outerwear is removed, approved top must be worn


  • Worn at all times
  • Tied or properly fastened
  • Bedroom slippers, flip-flops and athletic slides are not appropriate footwear

To review the items permitted in the revised Student Dress Code in full, please click this link (4316-R).