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In 1999, the Duval County School Board adopted a uniform policy to help promote safety and discipline in schools. The policy states that uniforms include navy blue, khaki and/or white pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, skorts, collared shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, turtlenecks, and sweaters. All attire must be plain, without insignia, except for Duval County public schools logos. Belts must be worn with items containing belt loops, and proper shoes are required. Students who opt out from the policy are expected to adhere to General Code of Appearance guidelines, which prohibit the wearing of items, such as, open-back shoes, see-through garments, and clothing displaying profanity or sexually suggestive phrases. Consult with your child's school for uniform requirements/enforcement procedures.

School Uniform Policy Q&A

Who is expected to wear uniforms?
Students enrolled in Duval County elementary and middle schools.
Is the policy mandatory?
Yes; however, there is an opt-out provision. Please check with your school for opt-out deadlines each year.
What is the proper attire?
Uniform colors are navy blue, khaki, and white and these colors can be worn both above and below the waist. Schools have the option to select an "accent" color; however, accent colors can be worn only above the waist. All attire must be plain without insignia, except for Duval County public schools' logos. Boys -pants or walking-length shorts, long- or short-sleeved collared shirts with buttons, turtlenecks, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Girls -jumpers, skirts, pants, walking-length shorts or skorts, long- or short-sleeved collared blouses/shirts, turtlenecks, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Note: Belts should be worn with clothing that has belt loops.
Are uniforms expensive?
Uniforms can cost between $28 and $120. However, the district policy does not require that traditional uniforms be worn. Parents can purchase any appropriate attire in the specified uniform colors. Check with your school regarding accent colors.
Where can uniforms be purchased?
Most retailers carry attire in district uniform colors.
Are there guidelines for shoes?
There are no specific instructions on the types of shoes worn with the school uniform; however, it is recommended that plain shoes be worn.
Is assistance provided to parents who cannot afford uniforms?
Many non-profit organizations assist persons needing uniforms.
Are homemade uniforms permissible?
Yes, as long as they meet uniform criteria.
Are uniforms tax deductible?
According to the Internal Revenue Service, school uniforms are not tax deductible.
How can I opt out my child(ren)?
Parents wishing to exempt their children from the uniform policy must submit an application for exemption. Applications are available at all schools and must be completed by the parent, in person, for signature verification.
How can students enrolling in the district for the first time after the deadline be exempt from the policy?
When registering children for school, parents will have an opportunity to submit opt-out applications, if desired.
Is there a dress code for students who opt out?
Students who are exempt from wearing school uniforms must adhere to the district's General Code of Appearance guidelines.
Are students who opt out penalized?
Students who opt out do not suffer any penalty and are still allowed to participate in extracurricular activities, if qualified.
Is disciplinary action taken against non-exempt students who fail to wear their uniforms?
The district enforces the regulations outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
Is opting out an annual process?
The existing School Board policy grants parents the opportunity to exempt their children from the uniform policy annually.
Are there any "dress-down" days?
Principals use their discretion to designate specific days that permit students to wear other types of clothing throughout the year.
When and why did the district adopt a uniform policy?
The policy was adopted during the 1999-2000 school year to help promote safety and discipline in schools and to enhance the teaching and learning environment. For answers to additional questions, please contact your school.
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