CELL PHONE USAGE

Student cell phones should be “off and away” during the hours of 7:30-2:30. Students should not use their cell phone for any reason without prior permission from a faculty member. Students may use the office phone to communicate with parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may contact the school office to get in touch with their child/children during the normal school day.

• Students must have their cell phone turned “OFF” or on silent during the school day.

• Cell phones must be “AWAY”, or out of sight, during the school day.

• Cell phones used for instructional purposes will be permitted, with the teacher’s explicit permission and supervision.

Holmes District Schools are not responsible for lost or stolen devices.

STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE

Each student is responsible for his/her own appropriate dress which shows respect for self and others and helps to create an orderly learning environment. The word “appropriate” shall be defined to include cleanliness, safety, modesty and good taste. Inappropriate dress and actions disrupt the learning process and creates chaos. To avoid distractions and to promote the health and safety of all students, the following restrictions shall be in effect:

1. Dresses, skirts, shorts and skorts must be mid-thigh or longer.

2. Clothes bearing suggestive slogans or advertising alcoholic beverages and/or tobacco shall not be worn.

3. Saggy pants, baggy clothes, extremely tight clothes, clothes that expose the midriff are prohibited. Tops must be capable of being tucked in when sitting and must be shoulder width. Students may not wear clothing that reveals undergarments, the midriff, or cleavage. Blouses or shirts that are low-cut or see through may not be worn.

4. Jeans or pants with holes (openings revealing skin) are prohibited.

5. Tattoos and/or body art that is lewd, related to gang activity, or other offensive words or symbols must be covered at all times.

6. Personal appearance or attire that interferes with or distracts from the instructional program or that creates a health hazard is not acceptable.

Examples of inappropriate clothing include but are not limited to the following: tube or tank tops, spaghetti straps, without overblouses or shirts, halter tops, backless dresses, muscle shirts, pajamas, spandex leggings worn as pants, undergarments as outer garments.

FLORIDA STATUTE RELATED TO DRESS CODE

While on the grounds of a public school during the regular school day, students are prohibited from “wearing clothes that expose underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner or that disrupt the orderly learning environment.” (1006.15 Florida Statutes) Any student who violates the dress policy is subject to the following disciplinary actions: • For a first offense, a student shall be given a verbal warning and the school principal shall call the student’s parent or guardian. • For a second offense, the student is 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. • For a third or subsequent offense, a 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.” (1006.15 Florida Statutes)