2023-2024 Student Dress Code
Some schools have a specific uniform or dress code policy. Please visit your school's website to view your school's individual policy.
The following dress and grooming requirements are to be followed by all students. The Principal shall be the arbiter of student dress and grooming in his/her building. Individual Principals in consultation with their School Advisory Council (SAC) may make other requirements to avoid disruption of the educational process. The requirements listed in this Code are considered the minimal requirement for each school.
1. Safe footwear shall be worn at all times. No rubber flip-flops or bedroom slippers shall be worn. No rubber flip-flops or bedroom slippers shall be worn.
2. Halter-tops, tube tops, short shorts, muscle shirts, spaghetti straps, midriff or backless shirts and blouses shall not be worn. Shoulder coverings must be at least two inches in width. Tops must be below the waistband or remain tucked in so that the midriff area is not exposed. No bare skin should be exposed at the waist or abdomen area. Clothing must cover the chest area to ensure that cleavage is not exposed. (See examples below)
3. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed and shall not interfere with the educational process in the reasonable discretion of the Principal.4. Hats, hoods, or other head coverings shall not be worn in the school building except for approved areas identified by the Principal or designated events approved by the Principal. Exceptions may be made by the Principal for head coverings worn for religious purposes.
5. Intentionally altered clothing or unbuttoned and ill-fitted garments are not acceptable. Ill-fitted garments include but are not limited to garments that are too small so as to reflect immodesty or too large so as to appear to be falling off the body. Clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner or that disrupts the orderly learning environment is prohibited. Mesh or see-through clothing may not be worn (FS1006.07 (2)(d)).
6. Clothing or personal belongings shall be free of inflammatory, suggestive, or other inappropriate writing, advertisement, or artwork, including but not limited to references of drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or weapons.
7. The wearing or display of flags on our campuses has historically caused dissension along with a potentially unsafe and hostile learning environment for our students. In an effort to provide safe schools and prevent potential disruption, the following flags are the only ones that may be displayed and/or worn on Collier County Public Schools campuses and at off campus school-related activities: (1) the United States and POW/MIA flags; (2) the State of Florida flag; and (3) official school flags. In addition, any related symbols may not be displayed or worn on campus or at off campus school-related activities. Exceptions to this rule may be made for national flags on special occasions or in designated areas consistent with the learning objectives of the District and at the discretion of the Principal.
8. Body adornment (e.g., adornments which pierce flesh) in any visible body part other than the ears shall not be displayed if such display presents a health or safety issue or if such adornment interferes with the educational process in the reasonable discretion of the Principal.
9. Items that may be used to do harm are prohibited. (e.g., large belt buckles, sharp hair accessories, or finger rings that cover two or more fingers.)
10. The length of skirts/dresses and shorts shall reflect modesty, must be below the student's fingertips when the arms are held straight at the sides or mid-thigh, and shall be monitored by regulations enforced at each school.
11. Costumes, sleepwear, pajamas, or other clothing/adornment that creates a distraction is not permitted except for designated events approved by the Principal.
12. Gang clothing, symbols, or other items associated with gangs may not be worn, displayed or carried.
13. At schools with uniform or enhanced dress codes, Principals have the discretion to relax the uniform dress code due to inclement weather or designated events approved by the Principal.
14. To enhance student safety, all students shall wear a school-issued photo identification (ID) badge, displayed on their person, in plain sight, at all times during the school day. ID badges shall not be defaced or destroyed. ID badges are District property and shall be returned to the school once a student has been withdrawn.
Students may have the option to call home to request a change of clothes, or request a loaner change of clothes from the office, if available for a first time violation of this Rule.
Additional Language for Rule 11, Dress and Grooming Code
Individual schools may apply to The Board to implement a dress code that requires a uniform. The application process is as follows:
1. Students, parents and staff should be surveyed as to their opinion of the proposed additional restrictions.
2. Principals and the SAC will set parameters to be used when surveying parents for their opinion.
3. The SAC should consider the results of the survey and make a recommendation to the Principal.
4. If the SAC recommends the additional restrictions and the Principal concurs, he/she should send a written recommendation to the Deputy Superintendent and include all pertinent information.
5. The Deputy Superintendent will present the recommendation to the Superintendent who will take the recommendation to the Board for their decision.
6. New schools that wish to apply to The Board for a dress code that requires a uniform will follow a slightly revised procedure in lieu of steps 1 to 3.
a. The following individuals should have the opportunity to complete a survey regarding the proposed additional restrictions:
i. Students who will be assigned to attend the school during its first year of operation;
ii. The parents of the students referred to in (i); and
iii. Staff members (recognizing that this will be a limited number of people).
b. The Principal should seek input from the SAC of any school that will send more than 20% of the student population to the new school.
c. The Principal should invite students and parents to a meeting at which they may provide input regarding the proposed additional restrictions.
d. The Principal should consider the results of the survey and the input from the SAC, and if the Principal wishes to request additional restrictions, he/she should send a written recommendation to the Deputy Superintendent and include all pertinent information.
Authority: F.S. 1006.07, 1006.08, and Board Policy 5511 (Student Dress and Grooming)