46 things you should not let your kids wear to school in Henrico

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Parents sending their children to Henrico Schools this year do not have to worry about changes to the county's school dress code. The dress code for 2015-16 is unchanged from last year.

"Aside from the dress code, significant portions of the Henrico County Schools Code of Student Conduct
are new this year, following a two year public feedback process," Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks said.

The 72-page document outlines the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers, faculty members and school staff.  It also includes the 2015-16 dress code and the roughly 46 things Henrico students should NOT wear to school.

For your viewing ease, we've listed those things here (double check the actual dress code for more specific wording):

Students may not wear the following items on school grounds during regular school hours unless otherwise stated:

  1. Hoods of any kind inside school buildings during regular school hours --  unless required for religious or medical reasons
  2. Hats of any kind inside school buildings during regular school hours -- unless required for religious or medical reasons
  3. Face masks of any kind inside school buildings during regular school hours -- unless required for religious or medical reasons
  4. Head coverings of any kind inside school buildings during regular school hours -- unless required for religious or medical reasons
  5. Bandannas
  6. Do-rags
  7. Head scarves with the exception of head garments for religious reasons
  8. Hair picks
  9. Wave caps
  10. Large combs
  11. Brushes
  12. Rollers
  13. Sunglasses -- unless prescribed by a physician
  14. Dresses shorter than finger-tip length,  even when worn with leggings or tights
  15. Skirts shorter than finger-tip length, even when worn with leggings or tights
  16. Shorts shorter than finger-tip length, even when worn with leggings or tights
  17. Athletic shorts shorter than finger-tip length, even when worn with leggings or tights
  18. Other similar clothing  shorter than finger-tip length, even when worn with leggings or tights
  19. Messages on clothing that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or that could cause a disruption
  20. Messages on chains that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or that could cause a disruption
  21. Messages on jewelry that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or that could cause a disruption
  22. Messages on personal belongings that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or that could cause a disruption
  23. Spiked jewelry, chains, and items which could cause student injury
  24. Beachwear -- includes bathing suits and trunks
  25. Sleepwear
  26. Clothing that reveals undergarments
  27. Cut-off jeans
  28. Cut-off sweat pants
  29. Torn, ripped, or slashed clothing that reveals undergarments or body parts excluded by other parts of this code
  30. Bedroom slippers or shoes with wheels, also known as "Heelys"
  31. Clothing that reveals the midriff while sitting or standing
  32. Clothing that is tight, skimpy, or with plunging necklines
  33. Clothing that is see-through, revealing, or resembles undergarments
  34. Tube tops
  35. Halter-tops
  36. Halter-top dresses
  37. Strapless dresses
  38. Tops or dresses with spaghetti straps (female tops must be at least two inches wide at the shoulder)
  39. High heels or flip flops at the elementary level
  40. Coats inside the school building during the school day as determined by the administrative staff depending
    on the school design and administrative ability to provide storage for coats
  41. Students must wear clothing as designed (buttoned, zipped, etc.)
  42. Students must wear pants on the hips, secured above the buttocks.
  43. Students may not drape towels, shirts, or shorts around the neck
  44. Students may not roll down waistbands on shorts, pants, and skirts
  45. Students may not wear clothing in any manner that reveals undergarments at any time
  46. Students may not wear athletic basketball jerseys without wearing a t-shirt beneath the jersey.

Also new this year is the Henrico County Schools' strategic plan. Updated this summer, the plan establishes a new vision: "Henrico County Public Schools believes in the right to achieve and the support to succeed for all."

It also highlights four areas of focus that define the work of the school division, Jenks said. Those areas of focus are:

  1. Student Safety
  2. Academic Progress
  3. Closing Gaps
  4. Relationships

Click here to read the entire strategic plan. Have a fun and safe school year!