BOLIVIA, N.C. (WECT) – Students in Brunswick County may only wear tight-fitting stretch pants under skirts, dresses and shirts that reach to the mid-thigh area during the 2016-17 school year, the school system announced on Friday.
Mid-thigh also is the standard acceptable length for all shorts, skirts and dresses in the school system’s updated dress code policy.
“Why ‘mid-thigh?” This standard takes into account the unique body type of every student in our system versus the old policy language of ‘4 inches above the knee’ which is quite different when applied to individuals of varying heights,” BCS officials stated in a release. “Administrators believe this standard will be easier to enforce and communicate to students.”
According to officials, pants with holes in them will be permitted as long as the holes fall below ‘mid-thigh.’
The new dress code also permits tank tops as long as they comply with the other requirements in the policy.
Another change in the dress code is the removal of the uniform policy for Brunswick County Academy students.
Brunswick County Schools is recruiting high school students interested in being in a video designed to explain the dress code expectations.
The updated dress code can be found here.
The New Hanover County School System is also considering regulations on skinny jeans and other tight-fitting pants.
According to online documents, the NHC school system may prohibit students from wearing leggings, skinny jeans, and any other excessively tight fitting pants, unless they are covered by a top or dress. The top or dress must cover the posterior in its entirety. Dresses, skirts, skorts and other similar clothing garments must meet the same criteria.
According to a school spokeswoman, officials are still in the process of collecting feedback so it can be presented to the school board.