Student Uniform and Grooming


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 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:

Polo/golf shirt with collar and buttons or
collared dress shirt with sleeves (no cap sleeves) (underarm must be
covered) or
turtlenecks, or in grades K-5 T-shirts - all tops must be unaltered
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
Small manufacturer’s trade mark is acceptable
Must be appropriately fitted
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 blue jeans
With site-based administrative approval bottoms can be black
Bottoms must be appropriately fitted and seated at the waist
Large pocket style shorts  may be worn.
No hip huggers, no holes, and no overalls (6-12 only)
No large pocket style pants, 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 and minimal embellishments are acceptable

Closed toes and closed backs
Sandals with back or back strap for grades K-5 only
No bedroom shoes

Sweaters if school approved
Long-sleeved sweatshirts/hoodies must be one of the 3 approved colors
(school logo not required)
Must be solid color (unless school approved spirit or club)
Must be appropriately fitted
Note: School approved means
clothing carries school logo and is in school colors.

Scarves must be worn appropriately around the neck or shoulders
(accessory item only; no bandanas)
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 current 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;
one to three days of in-school or out- of-school suspension; or
three days after school detention, if
The fourth and subsequent offenses are willful disobedience which will
result in  further disciplinary action,
which may include out of school suspension or
Any absence resulting from a violation of the Student Dress Code will
be considered an unexcused absence.

Prohibited Attire at all

While on
school grounds during the regular school day, students are prohibited from
wearing clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar
manner or that disrupts the orderly learning environment.

Any student who violates this
specific policy of prohibited attire is subject to the following disciplinary
For a first offense, a student 
shall  be given a verbal warning
and the school principal shall call the student’s parent or guardian.
For a second offense, the student is ineligible
to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period
of time not to exceed five (5) days and the school principal shall meet with
the student’s parent or guardian.
For  a  third 
or   subsequent  offense, 
a student shall receive an in-school suspension pursuant to §1003.01(5), Florida Statutes for a period
not to exceed three (3) days,
the student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period not
to exceed thirty (30) days, and the school principal shall call the student’s
parent or guardian and send the parent or guardian a written letter regarding the student’s in-school suspension and ineligibility to participate
in extracurricular activities.
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.

The Superintendent can add
uniform requirements based upon the unique needs of the population served at a

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;
January 13, 2010; July
14, 2010; September 13, 2011;
November 22, 2011; April 9,
2013; May 14, 2013

1311 Balboa Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 767-4100
William V Husfelt III
Superintendent, Bay District Schools
Office of the Superintendent
Shirley Byas
Equity Coordinator
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