Dress Code/Uniform

According to Lee County School Board Policy 5.24, the purpose of a Dress Code is to encourage students to focus on the learning process without the distractions of unsuitable dress and grooming. Students shall maintain an orderly and clean appearance at all times.

The responsibility for the personal appearance of the students rests with the parent/guardian and the student. Personal appearance shall not detract from the educational process. When a student's appearance at school becomes a disruptive factor, or a health and safety hazard, the administration shall take appropriate steps to correct and remedy the situation. The following establishes the minimum acceptable standards for student dress to be interpreted and enforced by the Principal or designee at Challenger Middle.

1. Jackets are not to be used to cover dress code violations.

2. Apparel must be adequate in both length and coverage to be considered appropriate for school. All pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn and fastened at the waistline. They must be no shorter than knee level, but not touching the floor. Skirts and dresses should not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee. A 3x5 card may be used to test for the correct length of skirts or dresses.

3. Shirts or blouses must be worn as intended and fastened in accordance with the design of that shirt or blouse. The length must extend beyond waist level when the student raises both hands over his/her head. Midriffs should not show at any time (even when arms are raised). Shirts should not be longer than fingertip length. Sleeveless shirts may be worn but must measure a minimum of 2 inches at the shoulder.

4. Transparent, bare midriff, strapless tops, and/or low-cut clothing or tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage or are of a suggestive nature are prohibited. Halters, backless dresses or tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, muscle shirts, flannel pants, pajamas, and any other clothing which may be distracting is prohibited.

5. Any article of clothing or jewelry that could cause injury, such as inappropriate belts, medallions, chains, bracelets, ring chokers with or without spikes or studs are prohibited. Wallet chains of any length are prohibited. No sleep or lounge wear type of clothing. Safety pins are not permitted.

6. Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges or symbols that promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any other illegal activity are prohibited.

7. Apparel or symbols which may be gang related or cult related, including area codes, are prohibited.

8. Clothing with slogans or advertising which is controversial or of an obscene nature is prohibited.

9. No writing, tattoos, or body stickers on face, arms, hands, or legs. Unnatural hair color is also not permitted (such as pink, blue, purple, red etc.)

10. Adornments which are attached (pierced) to exposed body parts other than ears are prohibited. TONGUE and NOSE piercing is NOT permitted.

11. Hats, caps, headgear, and sunglasses except in conjunction with designated school approved uniform or at authorized athletic practices or activities are prohibited.

12. No intentionally ripped and/or torn clothing is permitted.

13. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. The following are not permitted: clogs, thong sandals, flip-flops, platform shoes, slippers including Chinese slippers. The sole of the shoes should be no greater than 2".

14. Black or blue or unnatural lipstick is not permitted.

15. Only prescription eyewear is allowed.

To keep students safe from the year after year exposure to sun, caps and sunglasses are approved by the School Board and should be included in school attire during outdoor activities ONLY. When students come indoors, these articles must be removed and placed in the student’s backpack or other designated storage area which keeps these items separated. Sunscreen is also beneficial; the following guidelines need to be followed. Sunscreen should be applied at home before students dress for school. This will provide protection to the student during the time going to school as well during the rest of the day. For those who break the above rules, there will be clean clothes in the Time-Out room into which the student will change, or he/she will wait in Time-Out until the parent brings a change of clothing. The student will remain in Time Out if appropriate clothing is not available. Repeated dress code violations will result in disciplinary action.


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