Dress Code

Amherst County Public Schools has developed standards for student dress in order to prepare students for future success as well as to create a safe and orderly learning environment.  Amherst County Public Schools respects the differences of all students and does not discriminate based on sex, race, color, national origin, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, ancestry, marital or parental status, or other factors.  Amherst County Public Schools will rely on parents and guardians to use good judgment in their selection of clothing for their students.  

Students must wear clothing from below the armpits to four inches below the upper thigh.  Tops must have shoulder straps that are at least two inches wide.  This clothing must include shirts, pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, etc., and must also include shoes.  All areas of the torso should be covered within this area.  

The following clothing/attire is prohibited:

  1. Any attire that has images or language that is vulgar in nature, profane, or offensive. 
  2. Any attire or accessories (including jewelry) that denotes membership in a gang that advocates illegal, violent, or disruptive behavior.  (Including trademarks, symbols, or other images and language)
  3. Any attire that promotes illegal activity, violence, or the use of drugs or alcohol.
  4. Any attire causes or is likely to cause a substantial disturbance or disruption of the learning environment.
  5. Attire that does not cover the torso from below the armpits 
  6. Any attire that causes or is likely to cause a safety concern.
  7. Hats, hoods, and other headwear are not permitted inside of ACPS buildings unless permitted for religious, medical, or other reasons approved by the administration. 
  8. Pajamas and bedwear are prohibited (including slippers).  

The administration at individual schools reserves the right to determine what clothing/attire meets the above requirements.  Students who do not adhere to the above requirements will need to change their clothing/attire to meet the requirements.  Parents will be contacted for students who are unable to change clothes to appropriate attire.