Dress Code in English

Dress Code


Buncombe County School Board Policy #4316 states that each school must develop “guidelines that balance the needs for individuality with the needs of maintaining safety, orderliness, and good taste for the school community.”  Enka Intermediate School believes that certain articles of clothing, while appropriate in casual settings, are not appropriate for the educational environment.  We believe that adherence to our dress code policy helps to prepare students for future success.

To help students, parents, and faculty member understand what is appropriate for school, the dress code is explained below. 

  1. Clothing should cover all undergarments, students’ backs, sides, and stomach areas.  Pants should be worn around the waist. No shorts or undergarments should be visible.
  2. Straps on shirts must be 2” wide (short side of ID card).  See-through lace/mesh clothing must be layered with another garment that meets dress code requirements.  Tube tops, halter tops, backless tops and strapless shirts are not permitted.  Clothing must pass the card test in order to be appropriate for school  Faculty ID cards, driver’s licenses, or debit cards are acceptable cards that can be used for this self-check.
  3. Skirts, dresses and shorts should adhere to the fingertip rule. These garments should be no shorter that the student’s fingertips when arms hang freely at their side.
  4. Leggings or other form-fitted leg coverings are ONLY permitted IF worn with dresses, skirts, or shorts.  Leggings are not pants.
  5. Pants that have holes, slits or cuts above the knee should not be more than 3” above the knee and must be covered so no skin is showing.
  6. Students will not be allowed to wear sweatshirt hoods, hats, toboggans, and headphones while in the school building, unless for religious observances, or as a PBIS reward for a school fundraiser.
  7. Students are prohibited from wearing any metal chains, bullets, fish hooks, or metal spiked apparel and accessories.
  8. Students may not wear any garment or accessory displaying language or images (profanity, sexual suggestion/insinuations, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, bodily functions, ethnic slur, slogans or symbols) that are inappropriate for a school setting.  Any item deemed to be “gang related” will be subject to ban according to BCSB Policy #4328.  Parental notice will be given.
  9. Pajama-like clothing, slippers, stuffed animals and blankets are not permitted.  Occasionally our PTO will sponsor a “Pajama Day” as a school fundraiser.  Pajamas worn for a special fundraiser event should cover the areas of the body as described above in numbers 1 through 6.


Students who are not in compliance with the school’s dress code policy will be asked to call home for a change of clothes to be brought to school.