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Back to School: Parents Should Keep Dress Codes in Mind

Today is the first day of school for students in Duval County.

While the weather has cooled slightly from the peaks of June and July, it's still quite warm outside and it can sometimes be hard to know exactly how to adapt those skimpier Summer styles into appropriate for school wear.

School administrators determine apparel that is appropriate, disruptive, distracting, or in violation of safety rules outlined in the General Code of Appearance.

Each student has the responsibility to dress appropriately for the school environment. The official policy is that any apparel, jewelry (such as body piercings, ornaments) and hairstyles shall not disrupt the classroom environment. The guidelines for dress and grooming apply to all students in all public schools of Duval County.

Elementary Schools: Shoes without closed heels or back straps should not be worn.

Secondary Schools: Shoes must be worn. However, bedroom shoes or slippers shall not be worn.

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

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

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

Properly hemmed outer garments such as shorts, divided skirts, and dresses may be worn, provided they are not distracting, 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.

Clothing and accessories shall not be worn if they display symbols, violence, lewd and obscene messages, sexually suggestive phrases, or advertisements, or symbols of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs
Head coverings, including but not limited to, caps, hats, bandanas, and hair curlers, shall not be worn on school property, unless required by a physician or authorized by school personnel.

The waistband of shorts, slacks, skirts, and similar garments shall not be worn below the hips. Underwear, midriff and backs should not be exposed. Belts, suspenders, and straps should be worn in place and fastened.

Any articles of clothing or jewelry that may cause injury to oneself or to others are prohibited.

All students must adhere to these minimal guidelines for acceptable apparel and appearance. In order to maximize instructional time, students will be given an opportunity to immediately correct any dress code violations.

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