Student Attire Requirements
Mr. Carmine Rufa, Principal
Ms. Kerry Thornton, Assistant Principal
Ms. Rachel Kiley, Dean of Students
As per School Board Policy, page 16, Appendix A, paragraph 11:
Students are required to wear appropriate clothing and shoes according to the situation and the grade level involved. Inappropriate clothing and appearance are disruptive to the school program. Principals will enforce adherence to the dress code by those under their jurisdiction. Each school may provide for more specific dress code requirements within the scope of this district-wide dress code and shall provide each student with a copy of their school’s dress code. School Administrators have final authority to decide if clothing complies with district rules.
- All clothing is to be neat, clean and appropriately fitted.
- Undergarments are NOT to be visible.
Appropriate Tops Must be long enough to remain tucked in at all times with no skin visible. Blouses with a neckline that dip below the line formed between the right and left armpit are prohibited. Spaghetti straps, tank tops, muscle shirts, and shirts with cut off sleeves are also prohibited.
Pants – Pants are to be work at the waist, not below the waist or in such a way to expose undergarments or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner or in a manner that disrupts the orderly learning environment. Short shorts, boxer shorts, pajamas, see through items and other bedroom attire are not allowed. Spandex pants, leggings or pants with rips may only be worn with a top that reaches mid-thigh or below as not to expose undergarments or body parts in an indecent manner. No paper/tape or other temporary fixes are permitted.
Shorts, Skirts and Dresses – To determine if shorts are too short: while Student is standing with arms fully extended at side of his/her leg, shorts should reach to the student’s fingertips. In other words, the longest finger should touch material, not skin. Students may wear skirts and dresses of a modest length of not more than three inches from the knee to the bottom of the hem. Dresses with a neckline that dip below the line formed between the left and right armpits are prohibited.
Footwear – Students must wear shoes that are safe and appropriate for the specific learning environment.
Sun Protective Wear – Students will be allowed to wear sunglasses, hats or other sun protective items while outdoors during and engaged in school related activities such as physical education or recess. No head coverings or sunglasses (unless prescribed by a physician are to be worn in the school building or hallways.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NOT PERMITTED:
Any apparel that is determined inappropriate, disruptive to the educational environment, or offensive to good taste by Principal or designee of the school such as: jewelry, tattoos or markings must be covered, accessories or manner of grooming, which by virtue of color arrangement, trade mark, or other attributes that denotes membership in a gang, advocates drugs, tobacco products, alcohol, violence, sexual innuendo, profanity or has caused disruption is prohibited.
- Jewelry should be worn in such a way that doesn’t present a safety or health hazard such as spiked jewelry or accessories.
- Wallet chains and dog chains are not permitted.
- Bandanas are not be work, displayed, or carried onto campus.
Starting from the first day of school and through the first week, stringent review of dress code will be made by staff and all students in violation will be sent to a central location for processing. Daily reviews will continue after the first week.
Dress Code 1 – Warning/Call & Change (unwilling/unable to change automatic ISS)
Dress Code 2 – Administrator or designee shall call the student’s parent or guardian to bring a change of clothes Student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period of time not to exceed five (5) days. Student may lose privileges. (Send student to Mrs. Snyder with Classroom Infraction Report Form, Intervention #2 noted. It will be returned to teacher after the Administrative Conference.)
Dress Code 3 – Student shall receive an in-school suspension for a period not to exceed three (3) days. Student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days. Student may lose privileges. Administrator or designee shall call the student’s parent or guardian to bring a change of clothes, send the parent or guardian a written letter regarding the student’s in-school suspension and ineligibility to participate in extracurricular activities. (Send student to Mrs. Snyder with Classroom Infraction Report form, Intervention #3 noted. It will be returned after the Administrative Conference.
Dress Code 4 – Half Day ISS
Dress Code 5 – O.D.R. written – Half day ISS
Dress Code 6 – O.D.R. written – 1 Day ISS
Dress Code 7 – O.D.R. written – 3 Days ISS
Cress Code 8 – O.D.R. written – 5 Days ISS
O.D.R. written (GI) – OSS (minimum 1 day or until Parent Conference)
NOTE: HERNANDO COUNTY ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT
Based on the number of unexcused absences, students MUST maintain a 90% attendance rate in ALL class periods throughout the school year in order to maintain privileges and participate in extracurricular events to include but not limited to: dances, field trips, performances, athletics and any other activity…
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