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Dress Code and Inclement Weather

Dress Code

Grades T-3

Although Grades T-3 do not operate strictly under the Academy's established dress code, Lower School students (T-3) should follow the spirit of the dress code.

Grades 4-5

Students in Grades 4-5 should also follow the spirit of the dress code along with specific guidelines below:
  • Jeans, appropriate slacks or shorts (no holes); no athletic shorts or pants allowed
  • Clean and neatly cut hair that does not touch the tops of the shoulders
  • T-shirts (no inappropriate logos), knit shirts, sweaters, or blouses that fully cover the midriff, front and back; tank top straps should be a minimum of two fingers
  • Jeans or other non-athletic pants with no holes
  • Skirts/Dresses and shorts must be fingertip length; athletic shorts are not appropriate
  • Tops should not exceed the length of shorts/skirts
  • Leggings may be worn as long as the shirt, sweatshirt or sweater covers the backside

Grades 6 - 12

Students in grades 6-12 should follow the basic guideline of Parrott's dress code: "clean, neat, appropriately covered, and unexaggerated." Clothing should not be disruptive or distractive to the teaching/learning process. 
  • Tucked shirts
  • Jeans, appropriate slacks or shorts (no holes) and worn with a belt
  • Hair must be cut above the shoulders, and faces must be clean shaven, no facial hair (grades 6-8)
  • Hair length may touch the bottom of the ear, and faces must be clean shaven, no facial hair (grades 9-12)
  • T-shirts, knit shirts, sweaters, or blouses that fully cover midriff, expose minimal cleavage, and have straps measuring a minimum of two finger-widths or two inches
  • Jeans or other appropriate slacks (no holes)
  • Skirts/Dresses should be fingertip length
  • Shorts should be fingertip length or four inch inseam
  • Shirts should not exceed length of shorts/skirts
The following attire is inappropriate for both boys and girls, grades 6-12:
  • Athletic-type shorts: track, soccer, tennis, or board/swim
  • Sweatpants, athletic wind pants, warm up pants, or leggings
  • Clothing that displays logos promoting the use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
  • Clothing with obscene or suggestive print or which degrades another group of people by race, gender, religion, or ethnicity
  • Hats, caps, toboggans, bandanas, visors, sunglasses, headphones or earbuds may not be worn inside the school building
  • Shower shoes, athletic sandals, or bedroom shoes
  • See-through clothing, fishnet stockings, or exposed underclothing
  • Body piercings (except modest ear jewelry for young ladies)
  • Exaggerated makeup and accessories or tattoos

Academy Dress

On special occasions, students are asked to "dress up;" this is called “academy dress.” For boys, this means a collared shirt and tie, with slacks (no jeans or shorts) worn with a belt, and dress shoes. For girls, this means a dress of appropriate length, skirt of appropriate length, or dress slacks, and dress shoes.

Dress Down Days

Students may be allowed to "dress down" on certain occasions throughout the year.
Appropriate "dress down" attire includes, but not limited to:
Athletic wear*, spirit wear*, costumes*, untucked shirts/belts not required, hats
*Girls: leggings must be accompanied by a top that covers the backside; shorts/skirts must also reach mid-thigh (shirts may not exceed the length of shorts/skirts)

* For complete dress code policy, refer to the Arendell Parrott Academy Student Handbook.

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather or other emergency requiring the school to alter the normal schedule, parents will be notified via:
  • FACTS Parent Alert
    • Phone and/or Text message
    • Email
  • TV
    • WNCT - Ch. 9 (Greenville)
    • WCTI - Ch. 12 (New Bern)
    • WITN - Ch. 7 (Washington)
The school will provide information on delayed opening and closing based on the best available information. Because APA covers a broad geographical area and weather conditions can vary greatly, each parent needs to decide if weather conditions in the local area are too dangerous for travel. If APA operates on either a delayed or normal schedule and weather conditions in the local area present a hazardous situation, DO NO attempt to travel to school. the safety of our parents, students, and teachers is our highest priority.