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POLICY of Lee County 2.33
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3 School Uniforms
7 The following procedures shall be followed when establishing or maintaining a uniform
8 policy for students.
10 (1) Schools choosing an optional plan should work with the School Advisory Council
11 and the official parent/guardian advisory group prior to implementation.
13 (2) A school may choose to request approval for a required school uniform. Schools
14 choosing to implement required uniforms must follow the “Adoption of School
15 Uniforms” process document and receive implement an optional school uniform
16 without District approval from the Chief Academic Officer. Schools choosing a
17 required plan should work with the School Advisory Council.
19 (3) A school should establish a timeline so that the Department of Student Assignment
20 is provided with information regarding the uniform policy no later than November 1
21 of each school year.
23 (4) For the “Adoption of School Uniforms” process, a school should write a brief,
24 proposal that includes:
26 (a) A rationale stating why the school wants to establish a required uniform
27 policy (this should include research on the benefits of uniforms - reduce
28 inappropriate student behavior, build positive climate, cost less for the
29 parent/guardian, etc.).
31 (b) A description of the process used to inform and educate parents/guardian,
32 staff and students, regarding the required uniform proposed.
34 (c) Documentation to show the percentage of parents/ guardians, staff, and
35 students who favor uniforms -- in order to establish a required uniform policy:
37 1. A school must have 80% of the faculty and staff in favor of required
40 2. A school must have 80% of the membership of its School Advisory
41 Council in favor of required uniforms.
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42 3. A school must have 80% of its parent/guardian population respond to
43 the survey and 80% of the responses must be favorable. The
44 parent/guardian population should include all but the highest grade in
45 the school. Written responses should be based on one response per
46 student in eligible grades.
48 4. Students of eligible grades should be surveyed and the results
51 (d) A statement describing how the school shall work with a
52 parent/guardian/student who cannot afford uniforms.
54 (5) Criteria
56 Schools that are implementing an optional or a required uniform policy must adhere
57 to the following criteria:
59 (a) When uniforms are required:
61 1. An indigent parent/guardian and his/her child(ren) may be provided
62 uniforms through some type of assistance program (uniform
63 exchange, “Clothes Closet” where uniforms may be purchased at a
64 reduced price, loans with a repayment system, scholarships, purchase
65 of uniforms by a parent/guardian group or assistance with funds from
66 the parent group, a business partner provides uniforms for those
67 unable to purchase them, etc.).
69 2. Options for a parent/guardian to purchase uniforms from various
70 stores must be provided.
72 3. Insignias and patches must be approved by the school and may be
73 optional only.
75 4. Strategies will be provided for assisting students during the day who
76 come to school without the uniform.
78 5. During the school year, newly enrolled and/or transfer students must
79 be given a minimum of 10 school days before enforcement begins.
81 (b) When uniforms are either optional or required:
83 1. Meetings established to discuss uniforms must be open to all
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85 2. Communication about uniform policies must be in writing from the
86 principal to the parents/guardians.
89 STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.42, 1001.43, F.S.
91 Adopted: 1/6/09
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