SCHOOL DRESS CODE
You are expected to dress appropriately for school and for the business of learning with proper attention given to personal cleanliness, grooming, and neatness. If your personal attire or grooming disrupts educational activities and processes of the school or is a potential safety hazard, you will be required to make the necessary alterations to such attire or grooming before entering the classroom or you may be assigned to In-School Suspension (ISS). If you fail to meet the minimum acceptable standards of cleanliness, neatness, proper fit, safety and decency as determined by the principal or designee and as specified in the District Code of Student Conduct, you will be subject to appropriate disciplinary measures. As per F.S. 1006.07(2)(d)(1), you are additionally prohibited “from wearing clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner or that disrupts the orderly learning environment.”
Apparel that violates this dress code will result in your removal from the regular school environment until acceptable apparel may be secured. Students who violate the district’s dress code policy will be subject to the following consequences in addition to other appropriate administrative action:
- For a first offense, you shall be given a verbal warning and the school principal or designee shall call your parent or guardian.
- For a second offense, you are ineligible to participate in any applicable extracurricular activity for a period of time not to exceed 5 days and the school principal or designee shall meet with your parent or guardian.
- For a third or subsequent offense, you shall receive an in-school suspension pursuant to S. 1003.01(5) for a period not to exceed 3 days. You are also ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period not to exceed 30 days, and the school principal or designee shall call your parent or guardian and send the parent or guardian a written letter regarding your in-school suspension and ineligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.
If you continue to wear articles of clothing or other prohibited items that you have been specifically asked not to wear, your discipline infraction will be considered defiance and not a dress code violation. The school principal or designee will be the final judge about whether your clothing is appropriate for school, creates a climate that is disruptive to learning, or is a potential safety hazard. Principals, faculty, and staff members will enforce the dress code. Individual schools may have additional requirements if supported by a majority of School Advisory Council (SAC) members and if parents are notified in writing of the changes.
The following clothing MAY be worn:
- Pants and jeans, as well as shorts that are a reasonable, appropriate length (defined as no shorter than above the tips of the fingers, with arms and hands extended straight down), and fastened at the waist. Spandex-type trousers or shorts are not appropriate.
- Dresses that cover the entire back, are not cut low in the front and are reasonable and appropriate in length (defined as no shorter than above the tips of the fingers, with arms and hands extended straight down and not rising beyond this point when seated).
- Skirts that are a reasonable, appropriate length (defined as no shorter than above the tips of the fingers, with arms and hands extended straight down and not rising beyond this point when seated), and fastened at the waist.
- Tank tops or muscle shirts are allowed only with an overshirt or an undershirt with sleeves. Blouses and tops must cover the entire front and back (cannot be low-cut), and be long enough to tuck inside the waistband. All undergarments must be covered. No sheer (see-through) shirts are to be worn unless tank tops with at least two-inch straps are worn underneath. Net shirts must also have an undershirt or a buttoned overshirt.
- Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn. Inappropriate footwear includes, but is not limited to, roller skates, skate shoes, and bedroom slippers.
- Warm-ups that fit properly and are in good condition.
- Form-fitting or excessively tight-fitting skirts, shorts, and pants (to include leggings, jeggings, or clothing made from materials such as spandex or lycra), must have an overgarment, which extends down to your fingertips as your hands are extended to your side.
- (Shirttail length should not be longer than the tip of your fingertips as your hands are extended at your side.)
- Tunics worn over slacks are permissible.
The following apparel or items are NOT allowed at school:
- Hats, visors, bandanas or other head apparel*
- Visible pierced jewelry that has the potential to cause injury or be considered a safety risk, or cause disruption to the learning environment
- Gang-related tattoos or inappropriate tattoos, as determined by the principal
- Cutoff pants, shorts, or skirts
- Clothing that exposes the midriff
- Spaghetti straps or strapless dresses or tops
- Unbuckled belts
- Ill-fitting sweat pants or warm-ups
- Suspenders hanging down – including overalls
- Clothing that advertises alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs or has questionable language or artwork
- Known gang-related symbols
- Spandex-type dresses
- Blankets, pajamas or other sleepwear
- Any clothing, accessories, jewelry, or hairstyles that may incorporate obscene or drug-related phrases or be considered disruptive to the learning environment.
- Any clothing, accessories, or items that portray symbols or images that may be considered disruptive to the learning environment
- Clothing with frays, holes, cuts, or slits above the knee (using the fingertip rule) that exposes skin
- Gym shorts or soccer shorts that are NOT the proper length
- Glass containers of any kind
- Any clothing or jewelry that can be used as a weapon
- Aerosol sprays of any kind
* May be worn during outdoor classes (such as physical education, construction, and agriculture), field trips, and during elementary recess. Sunglasses must be put away and kept out of sight during the rest of the school day. Does not include headdress worn for religious purposes or other headgear necessary for safety or medical purposes.