Dress Code


The following Dress Code Criteria was developed with representation from staff, students, parents, and administration.

5511 – DRESS CODE AND SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Student shall come to school clean and appropriately groomed and dressed. Students whose personal attire or grooming distracts the attention of other students or teachers from their school work shall be required to make necessary alterations before entering the classroom or be sent home by the Principal. Students who fail to meet the minimum acceptable standards of cleanliness and neatness as determined by the principal and as specified in this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with Policy 5500, and the Code of Student Conduct.

Dress Code

A.
This District dress code is intended to regulate the clothing students may wear to school based on the health, safety, and cleanliness of students, to minimize the distraction of students from classroom activities, to prevent disruption of a school program, and to reduce excessive maintenance of school property.

B.
The determination of what constitutes a safety or health hazard, or what constitutes a distraction of students from a classroom activity, or what constitutes a disruption of a school program or excessive maintenance of school property shall be made by the teacher, other District employee concerned, and the Principal.

C.
Disciplinary action may be taken to encourage compliance with the policy. Since the intent of the policy is not to inhibit or prohibit any student who is not in compliance with the dress code from receiving the education to which they are entitled, no student shall be suspended from class or from school, expelled from school, or receive a lowered academic grade as a result of noncompliance.

Unacceptable Tops:

See through tops; bare backs or midriffs; tops that expose the shoulders such as spaghetti straps, tube tops, and tank tops.

Unacceptable Bottoms:

Pajama pants, shorts or skirts shorter than finger‐tip length, jeans or pants with holes, rips or tears above mid-thigh and swimwear.

Miscellaneous Unacceptable Attire:

Hats, caps, headgear, and hoods (except those worn for religious purposes); bedroom slippers; exposed underwear; written messages, pictures, or symbols on clothing which portray ideas that are offensive to the general ideals of the Dade County School System (ie. drugs, alcohol, weapons); metal cleats on shoes and clothing.