Kernersville Middle School Standard Mode of Dress (SMOD)

    Students must ALWAYS adhere to the WS/FCS dress code Policy (explained below)


    • Must be solid colors or heathered: White, Black, Khaki/Tan (not dark brown), Gray, and Blue 
    • The colors apply to shirts, blouses, turtlenecks, sweatshirts, crewneck sweaters, vests, and hoodies worn inside the building.  Students can wear KMS spirit-wear.  We do not permit local community league shirts, hoodies or college shirts/hoodies to be worn during the school day unless otherwise notified.  Tops must cover midriff, even with arms raised.
    • Dresses must be a solid color just like a shirt. 


    • Pants, skirts, shorts should sit at the waist.  Not permitted are pants, skirts, shorts that sag, are skin tight, or short to where the student's bottom is exposed.

    • Jeans that are frayed, ripped or have holes, the distressed areas must be at least 12” below the waistline of the pants.


    The following clothing items are not allowed:

    • Any logo on a shirt, sweater, light jacket or hoodie that is larger than a standard business card

    • Bandanas (even when worn as a headband or scarf)

    • Pajama pants

    • Low cut blouses (NO CLEAVAGE)

    • Tops with cut-outs where undergarments can be seen

    • Bedroom slippers

    • Shear, macramé, or knitted clothing that allows undergarments to be seen

    • Tops that do not cover undergarment straps.  All straps MUST be 3 finger width

    • Crop, halter, tube tops, or any other top that exposes the midriff

    Students may use any color with accessories such as belts, socks, shoes, jewelry, scarves, hair bows, ties, etc.



    • KMS will occasionally announce SMOD-Free days.  Even on a SMOD free day, students must adhere to the WS/FCS dress code.


    • Students with SMOD infractions will receive a ticket showing the exact violation during homeroom.  Students may call home for a change of clothes, get appropriate clothing from the SMOD closet, or spend the day in ISS.  

    • If a student accumulates three tickets, the administration will handle it as a Level I violation of the Code of Conduct (policy 5131).

    WSFCS Dress Code Guidelines 

    a. Clothing that contains advertisements for tobacco, alcohol or drugs; pictures or graphics of nudity; words that are profane, lewd, vulgar, or indecent; 

    b. Halter or bare midriff tops, or bare midriffs; 

    c. Spaghetti straps or tank tops; 

    d. Strapless shirts or tube tops; 

    e. Bare feet; 

    f. Short shorts or skirts; 

    g. Pants, slacks or jeans that sag below waist; and 

    h. Hats, caps, bandanas, or garments which cover the student’s face or conceal the student’s identity3

    i. Underpants or bras showing or worn as outerwear; 

    j. Provocative, revealing attire that exposes cleavage; and 

    k. Any symbols, styles or attire frequently associated with gangs, intimidation, violence or violent groups about which students at a particular school have been notified as described in AR 5131.

Last Modified on July 26, 2021