Appropriate dress is the primary responsibility of the student and his/her parent or guardian. In order to promote safety, personal hygiene, academic well-being, and moral development, students shall be expected to comply with reasonable requirements relating to dress, grooming and personal appearance. Students are expected to come to school in dressed appropriately with proper attention having been given to personal cleanliness, grooming, and neatness of dress.
The following is the dress code for grades K-12
except students at Margaret K. Lewis, New Horizons Learning Center, and Tom P. Haney Technical Center.
The dress code policy applies from the time the student arrives on campus until the end of the school day and at all school activities during the school day. Exceptions may be made by the principal for field trips or other special activities:
1. Polo/golf shirt with collar and buttons or
2. collared dress shirt with sleeves (no cap sleeves) (underarm must be covered) or
3. turtlenecks, or in grades K-5 T-shirts - all tops must be unaltered
4. School approved T-shirts (club, spirit, etc) - unaltered
- Maximum of 3 color (white and 2 colors to be determined by the School Advisory Committee - SAC)
- Club and activity shirts not in school colors must be a nationally recognized school sponsored organization, i.e. Key Club, National Honor Society, etc.
- Must be a solid school color except for school approved shirts
- Small manufacturer’s trade mark is acceptable
- Must be tucked in for grades 6-12
- Students may layer their tops; however, all visible tops must be in the designated colors. Tops worn as undergarments must be in designated school colors.
• Belts must be worn if the pants have belt loops
• Belts must be traditional and must be worn in loops and pants shall be unaltered
• Bottoms can be khaki, navy blue or plain blue jeans
• No large pocket style pants or shorts, no bell bottoms, no baggy pants, no hip huggers, no holes, no carpenter pants and no overalls (6-12 only)
• No shorts, skirts or dresses shorter than five inches (5") above the knee caps as measured standing up, (K–5 students may wear jumpers)
• Dresses with sleeves (underarm must be covered) must be one of the school’s chosen colors and a solid color
• Small manufacturer’s trade mark is acceptable
• Closed toes and closed backs
• Sandals with back or back strap for grades K-5 only
• No bedroom shoes
• Sweaters/sweatshirts/hoodies for grades K-12 if school approved
• Must be one of the 3 approved colors
• Must be solid color (unless school approved spirit or club)
Note: School approved means clothing carries school logo and is in school colors.
• No scarves
• No head wear except sunglasses. Hats or other sun-protective wear to only be worn while students are outdoors during school hours (not during class changes); however, at all other times, the sun-protective items must be properly stored by the student in pockets, purse, locker or backpack
• No jewelry or accessory that may be used as weapons such as chains or spiked jewelry
• Jackets/Coats must have either buttons, zippers or snaps that are from top to bottom. Jackets can be any color. Jackets may be worn in the classroom at the discretion of the teacher.
• Students participating in extracurricular activities shall conform to the standards of this policy while attending classes during the regular school day. Cheerleaders may wear their uniforms when required for
participation in school sanctioned activities. Athletes may wear the team jerseys on game days with appropriate uniform bottoms.
• No bedroom clothes.
Exceptions to wearing the uniform are permitted when:
• A student wears a uniform of a nationally recognized youth organization, such as the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, on regular meeting days;
• A student wears a costume, special clothing or dress attire necessary for participation in a school-sponsored or extracurricular activity provided the clothing complies with District policy.
• The wearing of a uniform violates a student’s sincerely held religious belief. Students enrolled in special programs such as on-the-job vocational training, or participating in school activities which require additional standards of dress or grooming shall comply with such additional standards. When applicable,
students shall be required to “dress out” and wear physical education uniforms prescribed by the school.
• Students whose school zone was changed by the school board will be allowed to wear the previous school’s color as well as the present school’s colors for the 2009-2010 school year.
Discipline for violating this policy shall be as follows:
• First and second offense consequences are: notification of parent or guardian; change of inappropriate attire;
• Consequences for subsequent offenses may include one or more of the following at the discretion of the principal:
A. notification of parent or guardian;
B. change of inappropriate attire;
C. one to three days of in-school or out-of-school suspension;or
D. three days after school detention, if available.
• The fourth and subsequent offenses are willful disobedience which will result in further disciplinary action, which may include out of school suspension or expulsion;
• Any absence resulting from a violation of the Student Dress Code will be considered an unexcused absence.
Any interpretation of the dress code that is required of this policy shall be the responsibility of the principal of each school. The Superintendent is authorized to make the final decision regarding the interpretation, application and enforcement of this policy and to make certain that it is being uniformly applied and enforced at each of the schools within the District.
This Revised Policy # 7.303 shall become effective
on August 1, 2006 and shall replace in full the
current Policy # 7.303 on the said date.
Authority: §1001.41, Fla. Stat.
Law Implemented: §§1001.43, 1006.07, Fla. Stat.
History: New, June 12, 1989
Revised: July 24, 1997; November 17, 1998; June 13, 2001;
January 25, 2006; September 13, 2006; April 25, 2007;
September 12, 2007; June 24, 2009