• GENERAL CODE OF APPEARANCE

    Administrators and teachers of the Duval County Public Schools shall enforce dress and grooming guidelines that promote the successful operation of the schools. The site administration shall be the final judge as to neatness and cleanliness of wearing apparel and whether or not such apparel is appropriate, disruptive, distracting, or in violation of health and safety rules.

    Each student has the responsibility to dress appropriately and have respect for self, others and the school environment. Wearing apparel, jewelry (such as body piercing (s), ornaments), hair, and general appearance shall not disrupt the classroom atmosphere, shall not be unusually provocative, and/or shall not violate health and safety rules of the school. These guidelines for dress and grooming are provided to assist parents/guardians and shall apply to all students in the Duval County Public Schools. Student dress and grooming shall be neat and clean, and follow the general guidelines below.

    1. Elementary school students are not allowed to wear shoes without closed heels or back straps.

    2. Shoes must be worn. However, bedroom shoes or slippers shall not be worn.

    3. Halter-tops, tank tops, backless tops, tops with thin or no straps, or tops that show midriff or expose the body are prohibited.

    4. See-through or mesh garments shall not be worn without appropriate undergarments.

    5. Form-fitting or overly tight clothing shall not be worn without appropriate outer garments.

    6. Properly hemmed outer garments such as shorts, divided skirts, and dresses may be worn, provided they are not disruptive or distractive, as determined by the school administration. Garments including, but not limited to, such items as boxer shorts, traditionally designed as undergarments, may not be worn as outer garments.

    7. Clothing and accessories shall not be worn if they display profanity, violence, lewd and obscene messages, sexually suggestive phrases, or advertisements, phrases or symbols of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs or other symbols phrases or advertisements that would be offensive to common propriety or decency.

    8. Head coverings, including, but not limited to, caps, hats, bandannas, hair curlers, and/or sunglasses, shall not be worn on school property, unless required by a physician or authorized by school personnel.

    9. Students are prohibited from wearing clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner or that disrupts the orderly learning environment. The waistband of shorts, slacks, skirts, and similar garments shall not be worn below the hips. Clothing which is not worn appropriately, is not properly fastened, is suggestive, or has tears that reveal or expose body parts, has printing with words or pictures that have a sexual connotation will not be permitted. All trousers, including oversized or low-hanging trousers, must be worn and secured at waist level. Underwear, midriff and back may not be exposed. If belts, suspenders, and straps are worn, they shall be worn in place and fastened.

    10. Any articles of clothing or jewelry that may cause injury to oneself or to other students are not allowed.

    All students must adhere to these minimal guidelines for acceptable apparel and appearance. A school may implement a school uniform requirement through the shared decision-making process, with input from the School Advisory Council. In order to maximize instructional time, students will be given an opportunity to immediately correct dress code violations.

    Disciplinary Actions - General Code of Appearance (Dress Code) Violations

    If the student is unable to immediately correct the dress code violation and the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the student will be placed in in-school suspension.

    1st Offense – Phone call to the parents/guardians.

    2nd Offense – Phone calls to the parents/guardians and initiate a general code of appearance (dress code) contract with the student (a copy of the contract should be sent home to the parent/guardian). NOTE: For violations pertaining to numbers 6 and 9 above, the student shall be ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period of time not to exceed 5 days and the school principal shall meet with the student’s parent or guardian.

    3rd Offense – Principal/designee assigned in-school suspension/detention and phone call to parents/guardians. NOTE: For violations pertaining to numbers 6 and 9 above, the student shall receive an in-school suspension for a period not to exceed 3 days, the student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period not to exceed 30 days, and the school principal shall call the student’s parent or guardian and send the parent or guardian a written letter regarding the student’s in-school suspension and ineligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.

    4th Offense – Parent/guardian conference and initiate a parent/child general code of appearance (dress code) contract. NOTE: For violations pertaining to numbers 6 and 9 above, the student shall receive an in-school suspension for a period not to exceed 3 days, the student shall be ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period not to exceed 30 days, and the school principal shall call the student’s parent or guardian and send the parent or guardian a written letter regarding the student’s in-school suspension and ineligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.

    5th Offense – General Code of Appearance (dress code) contract violations may be defined as a Class 2.23 offense and may warrant disciplinary action as outlined under Class II offenses. NOTE: For violations pertaining to numbers 6 and 9 above, the student shall receive an in-school suspension for a period not to exceed 3 days, the student shall be ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period not to exceed 30 days, and the school principal shall call the student’s parent or guardian and send the parent or guardian a written letter regarding the student’s in-school suspension and ineligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.

    NOTE: Items 6 and 9 of the General Code of Appearance contain language from Florida Statute 1006.07 (2). Out-of-school suspension is not an appropriate disciplinary action for a general code of appearance (dress code) violation.

    The alternative schools (Mattie Rutherford Alternative Center, Grand Park Career Center, Marine Science Center) will be allowed to establish higher dress standards and to take appropriate disciplinary action for dress code violations. This General Code of Appearance shall also apply to all school-sponsored activities and events, unless otherwise authorized by school administration.