Dress Code

Cypress Lake High School Dress Code 2021-2022

The responsibility for the personal appearance of the student rests with the parent/guardian and the student. Personal appearance must avoid being a distraction from the educational process. The following establishes the minimum acceptable standards for student dress at Cypress Lake High School. Each principal has the authority with his or her staff and community, as permitted by School Board policy, to establish additional standards at individual schools as necessary.

  1. District Mask Protocol If a mask is worn it must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, which states: “Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges, or symbols that promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any other illegal activity are prohibited. All masks must comply with the school dress code guidelines listed below. 

  2. 2. Shoes shall be worn at all times. Soft rubber flip flops and slippers are unacceptable. Apparel shall be adequate in both length and coverage to be considered appropriate for school. All dresses, skirts, and shorts are to be at most 3 inches above the knee or longer, unless solid leggings are also worn.

    3. Pants shall be worn fastened at the waist. Sagging pants are not permitted. It is unacceptable for undergarments to be exposed.

    4. Shirts or blouses shall be appropriately fastened in accord with the design of that shirt or blouse. Sleeveless blouses must cover the shoulder. Any exposure of cleavage is unacceptable. No midriff shall be exposed when both arms are elevated over the head.

    5. Transparent or see-through tops, bare midriff, strapless, spaghetti strap, off-the shoulder, low-cut clothing, tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage or are of a suggestive nature, halters, backless dresses or tops, tube tops, tank tops, muscle shirts, or any clothing which may be distracting are unacceptable. Sleeved t-shirts must be worn under sleeveless or transparent jerseys.

    6. Any articles of clothing or jewelry that could likely cause injury - such as belts, chains, bracelets, rings, chokers with or without spikes or studs, and wallet chains are unacceptable.

    7. Clothing with emblems, insignias, badges, slogans, or symbols that promote the use of weapons, alcohol, drugs, or tobacco and/or that are controversial or obscene in nature and disrupt the educational setting are unacceptable, including ads or slogans that may have a double meaning.

    8. Apparel or symbols which may be gang-related are unacceptable to display on a student’s person, locker, vehicle, articles, or other locations on campus.

    9. Adornments/Piercings which are attached to exposed body parts other than the ears and nose are unacceptable (nose studs only. No hoops or septum piercings are permitted). No lip or brow piercings.  Piercings may not be covered by band aids.

    10. The wearing of hats, bandanas, do-rags, hoods, caps, headgear, bathing caps, hair combs, hair picks or sunglasses indoors is unacceptable. This includes hats attached to belt loops. Exceptions include: authorized PE and athletic activities in school approved uniforms and individually approved medical conditions.

    11. Pajamas or any clothing that is intended for sleepwear is unacceptable. Slippers and house shoes are not permitted. Blankets, pillows and stuffed animals are prohibited from being brought on campus at any time during school hours.

    12. Jeans or pants with holes or rips/tears revealing skin above the knee are not acceptable unless solid leggings are also worn.

    13. Long, oversized jerseys are prohibited unless a shirt is worn under the jersey. Long coats, including trench are prohibited.

    14. Transparent or sheer leggings cannot be worn as pants.

    15. No eyebrow slits or eyebrow cuts.

    16. Hair coloring or style that may cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment, as determined by the principal, is prohibited.

    17. Gang-related tattoos, or other tattoos that may cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment as determined by the principal, are prohibited.


Appendix A

The School District of Lee County (“District”) is committed to protecting students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the student population, the District hereby enacts the following requirements regarding face coverings during the COVID-19 emergency: 

I. Effective immediately, all students attending Lee County Schools must wear appropriate face coverings that cover the mouth, nose, and chin when on school board property, at a school board activity, or riding a bus or other approved transportation. It is requested that all students provide their own face masks. 

II. The wearing of a face covering is a health issue. Student compliance with wearing a face covering will be dealt with as a health issue, not as a discipline issue. 
a. Students who do not have a face covering will be provided one by the District. 
b. Should a student refuse to wear a face covering, the student will be isolated and the parent or guardian will be contacted. 
c. Should a student repeatedly refuse to wear a face covering, the student will be enrolled in a virtual learning program. 

III. Students will be provided with opportunities for breaks where they can remove their face covering while maintaining appropriate social distancing under adult supervision. 

  IV. Exceptions to the face covering requirement: 
  a. CDC Exemptions - Children under two will not be required to wear face coverings. Cloth face coverings should not be worn by anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance. 
  b. Eating and Drinking - Face coverings will not be required while eating or drinking. 
c. Exemptions Based on Disability i. Medical Exemption/504 Students - Students who are requesting medical exemptions or Section 504 accommodations must provide school district staff with documentation from a licensed health care provider that the student has a medical, physical, or psychological contraindication that requires an accommodation or prevents the student from being able to safely wear a face covering. Upon submission of the request, a team will be convened to consider whether the request is reasonable. 

ESE Students – Students who are unable to wear a face covering due to their disability will be educated, encouraged, and expected to wear face coverings, but the inability to consistently keep a face covering on will not prohibit their attendance. 
Alternate face coverings will be made available for students and staff who communicate with deaf or hard of hearing students, provide educational and/or related services such as speech/language services, or in any other activity that requires a visual of a person’s mouth. Where possible, face coverings with clear plastic that shows the speaker’s mouth or face shields will be required in these situations. 

d. Strenuous Physical Activities - A face covering will not be required for any person inside or outside of any school district facility school district building while engaging in strenuous physical activity. During these times, social distancing will be maintained. 
e. Outdoor Activities & Recess – A face covering will not be required for students participating in outdoor activities as long as social distancing is maintained. 
f. Miscellaneous – Activities, such as music, choir, band, theater, and athletics where the wearing of face coverings is not practical will not be required to wear face coverings during the activity, but must still follow any and all safety procedures in place for the particular activity. For such activities, alternate face covering options should be considered, as appropriate. 

V. Face coverings should adhere to the following requirements: 
a. Commercially Produced Face Coverings/Masks - Commercially produced masks or respirators are acceptable, but not required. 
b. Cloth Face Coverings – Cloth face coverings are acceptable provided that the face covering completely covers the nose and mouth, and fits snugly to the wearer’s face with no gaps. The CDC has issued guidance on easy ways to make a face covering on the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html 
c. Face Shields – Face shields can be worn in conjunction with a face covering, but cannot be worn alone unless one of the exceptions in Section V above applies. Face shields with cloth that covers the outer edges of the shield and goes over the head will be allowed. 
d. At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves/vents, mesh material, lace, holes or other largely porous material are not suitable. 

This guidance shall be immediately implemented and will remain in effect until further notice.

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