Student Handbook/Code of Conduct
The Dare County Schools' Code of Conduct can be found on the county website. Click for the English or Spanish version on the DCS student portal.
Additionally, here are some key points to remember from the Student Handbook and DCS Code of Conduct:
Dress Code: Students are expected to adhere to Rule 4 of the Dare County Schools Code of Student Conduct and Annual Parental Notification: “Any type of dress which is disruptive, lewd or sexually suggestive, glorifies or depicts alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs, or endangers the safety, education, and/or health of another person will not be permitted.”
The principal has the authority to exercise appropriate discretion in implementing the school dress code, including making reasonable accommodations based on a student’s religious beliefs or medical conditions. Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment.
For student dress violations, the principal or the principal’s designee may require the student to change or modify his or her clothing. For recurring violations, appropriate levels of disciplinary action outlined in the Code of Student Conduct may be implemented.
Examples of items prohibited (not all inclusive):
- any accessories that could cause harm to oneself or others.
- clothing that is too revealing
- clothing that is disruptive by displaying sexual images or language, racial statements, gang involvement, or alcohol/drug/tobacco messages.
- hats, hoods, or sunglasses while in the building
- bare feet
Cell Phones: Dare County Schools' Rule 5 states that electronic devices such as cell phones, smart watches, and tablets are not to be used by students during the school day unless a teacher has an academic activity that requires the use of a personal device. Earbuds should not be visible at any time. Phones will be confiscated for the remainder of the school day; phones taken after third period will be kept the next school day as well. Refusal to comply will result in office referral for insubordination.
Attendance: Students have three days after their return to school to submit written excuses. Students are to turn in notes to the main office personnel before school. Upon receipt of the note in the Attendance Office and when the written justification is considered a lawful absence, the Data Manager will update the student’s attendance record reflecting the absence as excused. Students can be exempt from many final exams with three or fewer absences in a class, so please focus on being in school every day unless you are sick.