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Code curtails those who dress to excess

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

Britney Spears might well have revolutionized the belly ring. But when it comes time for school, that piece of jewelry, along with the underwear label, must be kept under cover.

An infraction means that Mom or Dad might have to come to school with an appropriate outfit.

Those who want to avoid the hassle or the embarrassment of having their parents pick out their clothes, might want to preview the Pasco County School dress code:

Elementary dress code

Students shall keep their clothes, bodies and hair clean.

Shoes or sandals must be worn securely on the feet.

No hats or head covering inside school buildings unless previously approved for medical or religious reasons or special school activities by the principal.

No decorations, symbols, mottos or designs on the body or clothing showing unacceptable products (tobacco, alcohol, drugs), inappropriate clubs or groups, or inappropriate pictures or words.

No spandex and/or beach-type clothing to school.

No short shorts or miniskirts, see-through clothing, or tops that leave the midriff showing.

Students should wear clothing that lets them move and play safely (examples: tennis shoes, shorts, T-shirts) when physical education is scheduled.

Students' clothing shall be worn appropriately as designed. For example, pants are to be worn securely at the waist.

Jewelry shall be worn in a way that does not present a safety or health hazard or cause a major distraction to the educational process.

No wallet chains.

Middle and high school dress code

Students shall wear modest clothing of such style and design as shall be consistent with community standards as determined by the school principal. Refer to specific guidelines distributed by the school. Sexually implicit or explicit clothing, bikini and tank tops, and spandex clothing, (kinds of clothing usually worn at beaches and while engaging in recreation activities) are not appropriate wearing apparel for the regular school session.

Students may wear shorts and skirts as long as they are of a modest length. Modest length is 4 inches above the knee or fingertip length. Students' clothing shall be worn appropriately; e.g., pants shall be worn securely at the waist.

Blouses, shirts, and sweaters are not to be low cut. They must be long enough to be tucked into pants/skirts and stay tucked in in the course of normal movement throughout the school day.

Students shall keep their clothes, bodies, and hair clean and well groomed.

No hats or head coverings are to be worn in the school building unless previously approved for medical or religious reasons or special school activities by the principal.

Students shall wear shoes or sandals for foot protection and hygienic reasons while on school grounds or on school transportation. Flip flops, slippers, and shower shoes are not acceptable.

Decorations, symbols, mottos, or designs imprinted or attached to the body or clothing that are offensive to good taste or the maintenance of decorum, or which advertise tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or which identify them as members of secret antisocial groups or gangs shall not be worn to school or school functions. Jewelry shall be worn in a way that does not present a safety or health hazard or cause a major disruption to the educational process.

No wallet chains or dog collars.

Special Note: A student in violation of the dress code will be required to change into appropriate clothing before returning to class. If necessary, the student will contact parents to provide the appropriate clothing. Failure to do so will result in a discipline referral. Repeated violations of the dress code will result in being assigned a Level 2 or 3 intervention.

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