New Student Dress Code for 2005-2006
(Approved May 24, 2005)
Excerpt from policy 4.01 CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
(4) DRESS CODE:
The dress and grooming of Pinellas County students shall be neat and clean, promoting a positive educational environment. Apparel that disrupts educational activities and processes of the school will result in the removal of the student from the regular school environment until acceptable apparel can be secured for the student. The administration will be the final judge about whether a student’s clothing is appropriate for school or whether it will create an environmental climate that is distracting to learning. 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 they are placed in the school handbook or planner.
Requirements for student dress in all schools are listed below:
1. All shirts and blouses must cover midriff, back, sides, and all undergarments including bra straps at all times. All shirts, tops, and dresses shall have sleeves and cover the shoulders.
2. Shorts, skirts, divided skirts, dresses and culottes are allowed. They must be hemmed and be mid-thigh length or longer.
3. All trousers, pants or shorts must totally cover undergarments, including boxer shorts.
4. All clothing, jewelry or tattoos shall be free of the following: profanity; violent images, wording or suggestion; sexually suggestive phrases or images; gang related symbols; alcohol, tobacco, drugs or advertisements for such products.
5. Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn. Inappropriate footwear includes, but is not limited to, roller skates, skate shoes and bedroom slippers.
Further clarification/other requirements:
a. Form fitting leotard/spandex type clothing (including sport bras) is not allowed unless proper outer garments cover it.
b. See through or mesh fabric clothing may only be worn over clothing meeting requirements.
c. Clothing must be appropriate size, with the waist of the garment worn at the student’s waist.
d. Clothing not properly buttoned, zipped, fastened, or with inappropriate holes or tears shall not be worn.
e. Clothing and footwear traditionally designed as undergarments or sleepwear shall not be worn as outer garments.
f. Sunglasses may not be worn inside unless a parent provides a doctor’s note to the school.
g. Bandanas or sweatbands are not allowed to be visible on school grounds during the regular school hours.
h. Hats or other head coverings may be worn during outside P.E. activities and may not be worn during any portion of the regular school day without the expressed permission of the principal.