Dress Code

Dress Code

Eblen 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.”  Eblen 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 members understand what is appropriate for school, the dress code is explained below.  These guidelines are also posted on our school’s website.

  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 ID 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 than the students’ fingertips when arms hang freely at their side.
  4. Leggings or other form-fitted leg coverings are ONLY permitted IF worn with tunics/dresses/skirts/shorts.
  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, or headphones while in the school building, unless for religious observances, or as a PBIS reward or 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, and blankets are not permitted in an educational setting and should not be worn or brought to school.


Buncombe County School Board Policy states “before being punished, a student who is not in compliance with this policy or a school dress code will be given a reasonable period of time to make adjustments so that he or she will be in compliance.”  Violations of the dress code policy should be corrected as soon as possible.  Students who are not dressed appropriately for the educational environment should be advised privately and will be given an opportunity to make corrections. It is the responsibility of all staff to monitor and address student dress code.  Students shall comply with directions from any staff member in regard to this policy.