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Student dress code

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 4, 2002

The Citrus County School Board recognizes that clothing fashions change and that fads come and go, but distinctions still need to be made as to what is acceptable attire for educational purposes. Some clothing which might be appropriate in other settings would be completely inappropriate and disruptive for the learning atmosphere in a school setting.

The principal or designee is responsible for interpreting and clarifying the dress code upon student or parent request. The principal's office is the final authority in interpreting and applying the dress code as it relates to special events and activities conducted at the school. Students will dress in attire which does not distract from the learning process or the educational environment.

The school district's guidelines are: Clothing should cover the body appropriately, e.g. midriff, back, shoulders (two-inch-wide shoulder straps at minimum), chest, legs to mid thigh or longer.

Clothing should cover all undergarments.

Shorts, skirts or pants should be worn at natural waistline.

Attire should not be sexually suggestive.

Attire should not illustrate, enhance or depict tobacco, alcohol or drugs nor have offensive, racist, satanic, gang-related or violent messages.

Attire should contribute to the health and safety of students and staff. (Jewelry, shoes, accessories and hair styles must be free of conditions that could be considered hazardous or disruptive.)

HEAD COVERS

Hats and distracting head covers should not be worn in designated school areas at any time.

SHORTS, SKIRTS, and DRESSES

The following administrative guidelines must be followed by all students when wearing shorts, skirts, and dresses: shorts, skirts, and dresses must reach mid thigh or longer; shorts, skirts, dresses and pants must not be too tight or too baggy (for example, bicycle shorts, aerobic shorts, etc., are forbidden); and shorts, skirts, and dresses must be hemmed.

-- From the Citrus County School District Student Code of Conduct

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