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Dress Code
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Friday, July 28, 2017
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Effective July 1, 2011, Florida Statute prohibits a student, while on the grounds of a public school during the regular school day, 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 the dress code policy is subject to specified disciplinary actions prescribed by Florida law.


First offense: Student is warned and required to correct the dress code violation and/or choose to spend the remainder of the day in IR.

Second offense: Student is required to correct the dress code violation or choose to spend the remainder of the day in IR. Parent is contacted.

Third and subsequent offense: Violation must be corrected. Discipline consequences become progressive from this offense forward.

*All offenses will be recorded in the discipline database.

Responsibility for the dress and appearance of students enrolled in any school within the School District of DeSoto County primarily rests with parents and the students themselves.


To assist parents and students in making appropriate fashion and grooming decisions for school, the School Board has established the following guidelines for appearance and dress.


It is expected that students will wear the following:

* Clothing and hairstyles which are not harmful, disruptive, or hazardous to health or safety;

*Appropriate undergarments at all times. Undergarments are to remain unexposed;

* Footwear which is appropriate to activities and conditions; All shoes (including sandals and crocs) must cover the heel or have a heel strap. Slide sandals and flip flops are not permitted.

*Any clothing deemed appropriate by the individual school’s dress code policy.


It is expected that students WILL NOT wear the following:

* Caps, hats, headwear, or sunglasses except when students are out of doors during school hours. This does not include hallway or walkway travel. Headwear for outdoor activities / special events may be approved by administration (F.S. 1001.43(1)(b);

* Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges, or symbols that display obscenities, are sexually suggestive, or which promote or advertise the use of tobacco products, alcohol, drugs, violence or other illegal activities;

* Apparel or symbols which are offensive to any specific group or which are identified with gang, secret society, or cult involvement;

* Any articles of clothing or jewelry that could likely cause injury or disruption, such as but not limited to, inappropriate tattoos, a spiked bracelet that could be used as a weapon, decorative chains and/or piercings which are designed or worn in a fashion that could easily cause injury;

* Halters, backless or sleeveless dresses or tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, tank tops, muscle shirts, tops with low or revealing necklines, tops where the midriff would be exposed or any other clothing which may be tight*, revealing, or distracting unless covered by an appropriate outer garment which remains as part of the outfit. In addition, ripped or holey apparel must have proper clothing underneath so skin IS NOT exposed.

*Leggings, tights, or excessively tight pants shall not be worn unless the shirt, top, or outer garment extends to fingertip length when standing or during normal activities.


Note: The principal or the principal’s designee has the final authority for interpreting whether a student’s apparel conforms to the dress code. When it is determined that a student’s clothing does not comply with the dress code, or is disruptive or inappropriate, a parent/guardian may be asked to bring an appropriate change of clothes to school, or a student may be sent home to change clothes.

Note: The principal may modify the dress code for extra-curricular school functions.

Florida Statute 1001.43, 1006.07


For additional information please refer to the Student Code of Conduct.


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