Lee County School District dress code for 2011-2012
Shoes must be worn at all times — rubber flip-flops and bedroom slippers are not allowed. Shirts must cover midriff and waist level and should not come up to expose the front or back while seated. Any clothing that is transparent, see-through, midriff revealing, low-cut, halters, backless, tube tops, tanks tops or muscle shirts are prohibited. Tank top straps should be 2 inches wide and should not expose undergarments. Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist and fastened — exposed undergarments are unacceptable. Dresses and skirts must be 3 inches above the knee or longer (or the garment should touch fingertip length). Clothes that have emblems, badges, slogans or symbols that encourage using weapons, alcohol, drugs or tobacco are unacceptable. Any apparel or symbols that are gang-related on a student’s locker, vehicle, or any other article on campus are not acceptable. Gang related tattoos or other tattoos that may be disruptive to the educational environment are prohibited, determined by the principal.
Collier County School District dress code for 2011 2012
Safe footwear must be worn at all times — no rubber flip-flop or slippers are allowed. No halter tops, tube tops, short shorts, midriff showing, backless shirts, or muscle shirts are allowed to be worn. Tank tops must have a 2 inch width covering the shoulders. Shirts must be three inches below the waist, or be tucked in, not exposing the midriff. Cleavage or bare skin that exposes the waist or abdomen must be covered. If a student’s fingertips touch their skin when their arms are held to their sides, the clothing item is too short and is not allowed. Hats or head covering are not allowed, unless for religious purposes approved by the principal. Any gang clothing, symbols or other items associated with gang display are prohibited. All clothing should not have any suggestive, inappropriate writing, advertisement or artwork on it.
Back to school is right around the corner and making sure your children have their necessary school supplies is a priority.
One thing that many students look forward to the most about going back to school is getting new outfits. But the thing that many parents are looking forward to is the ability to save at least a few extra bucks when their children drag them to the stores, begging for the latest fashions.
Never fear, as the back-to-school sales tax weekend is back. This year, it begins on Friday, August 12, at 12:01 a.m., and ends midnight on Sunday, August 14.
Shoppers will not be taxed on clothing, footwear and certain accessories that are marked at $75 or less, and certain school supplies marked for $15 or less.
According to the state guidelines on the tax-free weekend, clothing means “any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear.” However, some pieces of “clothing” are not tax free, such as watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs or sporting equipment.
The school supplies allowed include pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper, legal pads, binders,
lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses and calculators.
When buying clothing, students and parents not only have to make sure that the attire falls under the tax-exemption rules, but also meets their specific school’s dress code or uniform policy. More than half of the schools in Collier County require students to wear a uniform — 33 out of the district’s 51 schools.
“I think they (the students) need to take the dress code with them, avoid trying to talk their way out of it, sit down with what you’re wearing, and when in doubt buy something else,” Nancy Graham, principal of Naples High School, said about smart shopping that follows dress code policies.
“If someone is offended by what a child has on, it’s going to be unacceptable,” Graham said. ”It’s a distraction to other students. When they are dressed inappropriately they are missing the one single focus: what’s going on in the classroom.”
Here is a checklist for both boys and girls for essential pieces of clothing that your children may need (and allowed by dress code) for their school year.
• A comfortable pair of sneakers — no rubber flip-flops are allowed, so with a stylish pair of kicks, you can’t go wrong.
• T-shirts or collared shirts are the easiest things to throw on in the morning, so grab a few in different colors.
• A few pairs of chino shorts, khaki pants and jeans—all of which need stay at the waist without showing any undergarments.
• Shoes that have backs to them: flip-flops can be worn but they must have straps, also a pair of flats and sneakers.
• Grab a few basic color tank tops. If you can’t find anything to wear in the morning, a tank top and cardigan is always a go-to outfit. (Make sure the tank tops have a 2-inch width, or wider, strap.)
• Having a couple of skirts and dresses (that are fingertip length or longer) are always a comfortable and classy outfit to wear for school.
• Two to three pairs of jeans.
Here are five tips to embrace when shopping for children’s clothing and school supplies:
1. Take stock of your closets: Before you go anywhere, make a list of what you need and check your kids’ closets to figure out what they can still wear and use and what actually does need to be replaced, says Jody Rohlena, senior editor at Consumer Reports’ ShopSmart.
As for school supplies, many households already have the paper and glue sticks that kids need to start the school year. So check what’s lying around on shelves and in drawers before buying piles more.
2. Use online budgeting tools: As with any spending, know your budget for back-to-school purchases. Factor in everything from computers to pencils. Then stick to it — remembering especially that there’s no requirement to buy every item on the list at once or at one store. And, while some things may need to be top quality, not everything has to be.
Financial planning websites like mint.com can help. More effective for some may be a layaway program, which can be less expensive than using a credit card, even including fees. At Kmart, shoppers pay $15 or 10 percent of a purchase total and make payments every two weeks, either online or at a register in a store, and college students can have the products delivered to a store close to campus. For purchases as big as a TV or as small as a backpack or calculator, elayaway.com lets customers break the price into monthly payments for a fee of roughly 2 percent for three to 13 payments.
3. Separate wants from needs: A child may make a good case for an Apple iPad, which costs $500 or more, even when last year’s computer will do the trick. So C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group, urges parents to collaborate with their children on a realistic list of what they need. If there’s money left in the back-to-school budget, then they can take a look at the extras.
4. Swap it out: Many websites now sponsor trades of used kids’ things. ThredUP, where shoppers swap children’s clothing and toys, recently added books. The way it works is anyone giving things away bundles them by age and gender and lists them on the website. To request one of the listed boxes, you pay $5 to ThredUP plus $10.95 for shipping, and ThredUP e-mails the donor a prepaid shipping label. Members rate each other based on the quality of the stuff they receive. Also check out Swap.com and Swapmamas.com.
Beemer says he’s found shoppers are cutting their overall back-to-school spending as much as 60 percent by swapping clothing and other items.
5. Shop at the right time: For clothing and gadgets, you may be able to combine a sale and a coupon with a state-tax holiday for a triple discount, says Rohlena.
Start by checking — at www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/sales_holiday.html — whether your state is among 16 celebrating tax holidays this year. For clothing, where price increases are expected to be among the highest, remember that kids actually wear summer clothes for the first couple months of the school year so you can spread out those purchases. Then check end-of-summer sales, where you often can find lots of things on your back-to-school list (for less than you’d pay in back-to-school events). Finally, head online to sundaysaver.com for weekly sales circulars and newspaper ads, and check Pricegrabber.com for localized deals and real-time information on availability.