Dress Code Policy

Hickory Public Standardized Dress Code                                                              

Refer to Hickory Public Schools Student / Parent Handbook for specific School Board Policy

The Hickory Board of Education adopted a standardized dress code for students in grades 6-12 to minimize disruptive behavior, increase school safety, de-emphasize socio-economic differences, easily identify intruders on campus, and enhance school image.  Students attending the Hickory Public Schools in grades 6 through 12 will adhere to the following standardized dress code each school day during the entire school day.


The Hickory Public Schools Standardized Dress Code is a minimum standard.  The dress code below includes further standards for all Northview students.  Northview administrators reserve the right to deem any article of clothing as inappropriate or unsafe requiring the student to change in order to meet standards outlined below. 


Acceptable tops include:

  • Collared long or short sleeved knit shirts with button-centered plackets
  • Collared long or short sleeved button dress shirts
  • Turtlenecks
  • Acceptable colors are white and all solid colors.
  • All shirts must be tucked in.
  • Sweatshirts without hoods may be worn, but must be worn with collared shirt underneath.  No hooded sweatshirts will be allowed. 
  • Jackets must be one solid color, no logo and no hood.  Jackets worn during the instructional day must be worn open with a dress code approved top underneath.


Acceptable bottoms include:

  • Pants, capris, skirts, skorts or shorts
  • No cargo pants or leggings/yoga pants of any color are allowed (no side/leg pockets permitted even if stitched closed)
  • No blue denim jeans
  • Bottoms should be knee length or longer and worn at the waist
  • Belt must be standard hook and eye or interlocking rings.  The belt tail cannot hang down lower than four inches.  Large belt buckles are not allowed.
  • Acceptable colors are khaki, black, or navy. 



  • No bedroom slippers, flip flops or athletic slides.



  • No visible logos are allowed on any article of clothing. The only logo permitted on any clothing is the logo of each individual school.  Logos permitted on shoes only. 


Further Clarification

  • Students are required to be in full compliance with the HPS dress code upon arrival to Northview each morning.
  • Dress code compliance is required on all school day and overnight field trips unless otherwise noted.
  • Head gear including bandanas and hats are not permitted.
  • Jackets worn to and from school that do not meet dress code standards must remain in the student locker during the instructional day. 


Further Considerations

  • New or transfer students shall have up to 7 calendar days to meet dress code requirements. 
  • For a first offense or violation of the dress code, students will be given a warning and required to change clothes.  Second offense, administrator will contact parent and student is required to change clothes.  Third offense will result in In School Suspension.
  • Reasonable exceptions will be considered when deemed medically necessary by a physician.
  • Each Friday, students may wear t-shirts and/or sweatshirts that have a club, class or athletic theme associated with their respective school.



  • There are no exemptions from compliance with the standardized dress code.


Dress Code Free

  • Dress Code Free Days are granted sparingly by administrators as a reward for students. 
  • Participation in Dress Code Free Days is optional and will require students to display their student ID badge indicating participation.
  • Restrictions on all Dress Code Free Days include:  No holes in any article of clothing, No leggings/yoga pants, No flip flops, No head gear.

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