• Sarasota Middle Dress Code

    The SMS dress code expectations are that students be clean, neatly dressed, and well-groomed at all times. Distracting styles and provocative grooming interfere with our focus on learning. Our goal is to promote quality education and behavior acceptable to a 21st Century working environment.

    Students are not allowed to wear clothing, tattoos, or items that display, suggest or advocate in words or graphics/symbols any drug or gang affiliation, violence, reference to profanity, vulgarity, sex, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, knives, or guns. Pajamas and any see-through/sheer garments are not permitted.

    General Dress
    Clothing shall be worn as designed, pants secured at the waist/hips, belts buckled, no underwear as outerwear, and no underwear exposed.

    Tops, Blouses, Shirts
    Shirts or tops must cover the entire shoulder and must extend "inches" below the waist of the bottom garment or be tucked into the bottom garment, showing no midriff skin or underwear when standing, sitting, or bending. Examples of prohibited clothing include tank tops, spaghetti straps of any width, halters, tube tops, tops with holes that expose the torso, bikini tops, oversized armholes, backless dresses, and clothing with plunging necklines.

    Bottom Garments
    Bottom garments must be appropriate for a 21st-century learning environment. Shorts should be comfortably long enough to not distract or offend community members. Shorts should be in the mid-range between the knee & thigh.

    Due to safety concerns, appropriate shoes must be worn at all times. Rubber (beach) flip flops are not allowed.

    Hats, Sunglasses, Hair, Body
    Hats, caps, hoodies, sweatbands, bandanas, and sunglasses are not to be worn on campus or buses, except as allowed in PE and must be kept in lockers or inside backpacks during the day. Facial paint is not allowed unless teacher approval is given.

    Jewelry will be worn in a way that it does not present a safety or health hazard or cause a disruption to the educational process. Neckwear and bracelets with metal studs, other potentially dangerous items or items displaying profanity and profane slogans such as drug symbols are not allowed. All chains, including those hanging from the neck, belt, pocket, or attached to the wallet are prohibited.

    Sports Uniforms
    Sports uniforms can be worn during the school day only with administrative approval.

    Dress Code Enforcement
    It is the responsibility of each SMS student to dress according to the dress code. We seek parent support and monitoring of student's daily dress. SMS staff members make every effort for consistent enforcement. To avoid loss of class time, students who do not come to school adhering to the dress code guidelines will be required to change into school-provided clothes to wear for the day or parents may bring a change of clothes to school. Students in violation will be sent to the In-School Restriction room to change. Students will be responsible for returning the washed clothes they have borrowed from the school. Repeat offenses may result in a referral.