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Cooler Weather Dress Code Policy

posted Oct 29, 2012, 10:47 AM by Sharon Armitage

Hello All,

As the weather is getting a bit cooler, a friendly reminder of our Dress Code Policy. Please note that only red tops are allowed - no other color.

Thank you,

3. Dress Code:

Plato Academy is a school of choice, which means parents of our students have made a careful and committed decision about where to send their child.  Plato Academy holds that a higher standard of dress and grooming encourages greater respect for individuals, students, and others, thereby promoting a positive educational environment.  The uniform policy will be carefully enforced.  Apparel that disrupts educational activities and processes of the school will result in the removal of the student from the regular school environment until acceptable apparel can be secured for the student.  Students who report to school out of dress code will have parents called to come to the school to bring the proper uniform.  Students and parents are expected to honor these guidelines.

Requirements for student dress are listed below:

  • All uniform apparel must be purchased by the Plato Academy approved uniform vendor.  The approved school vendor is Risse Brothers School Uniforms in Clearwater, Florida.  The School has provided a link to the vendor’s site on the school website at PlatoAcademy.net.  

  • Students must wear an official Plato Academy shirt with logo.

  • All uniform dress shirts (button-down) must be tucked in; Plato Academy polo shirts can be un-tucked.

  • Students may not wear jackets or coats that do not meet dress code in the classroom during the school day.

  • FRIDAY ATTIRE:  Any shirt or top with Plato Academy insignia (i.e. Spirit shirts, team jerseys, cheerleading uniforms) may be worn on Fridays. In addition to the regular uniform bottoms, students may wear the approved Risse Brothers black mesh PE shorts and any bottoms issued or approved by the school for their sport programs.

  • All uniform shirts and blouses must cover midriff, back, and sides. Dress shirts must be tucked in the pants.  Plato Academy polo shirts may be worn outside the pants.  Colored bras, boxers, and t-shirts must not be visible through the uniform. All shirts, tops, and dresses shall have sleeves and cover the shoulders.  Tanks or t-shirts under the Plato Academy uniform shirt must match Plato Academy colors (i.e. red, blue, white, gray, etc.).

  • Uniform apparel must cover all undergarments.  

  • Uniform shorts, skirts, and jumpers may be hemmed, but be no shorter than 3” from the knee in length.

  • All jewelry and clothing shall be free of the following: profanity; violent images, wording, or suggestion; sexually suggestive phrases or images; gang-related symbols; alcohol, tobacco, drugs or advertisements for such products.

  • No body piercing other than earrings. Earrings must hang no lower than one half an inch from the bottom of the ear.

  • Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn. Since all students have P.E. every day we highly recommend that students wear gym shoes (tennis shoes or sneakers) with socks. Inappropriate footwear includes, and is not limited to: roller skates, skate shoes (healies), bedroom slippers, sling back flip flops, sandals, slip-on shoes, and boots. Safety is a concern and sneakers seem to be the best choice for safety.  Light-up or glittery schools should be avoided.

  • Clothing must be appropriate size, with the waist of the garment worn at the student’s waist.

  • Warm-up pants are not allowed.

  • Clothing not properly buttoned, zipped, fastened, or with inappropriate holes or tears shall not be worn.

  • Sunglasses may not be worn inside unless a parent provides a doctor’s note to the school.

  • Hair must be neat and clean with no "unnatural" colors, i.e. fluorescent, bright green, etc.  Hair should be combed down without spikes.  Hairstyles disruptive to the learning environment will not be permitted.  

  • No hats or bandanas may be worn.  Headbands may only be worn if holding hair back and may not be worn across the forehead.

  • Sweatbands are not allowed to be visible on school grounds during the regular school hours, unless permitted for physical education class.

  • Hats or other head coverings may be worn during outside P.E. activities, but may not be worn during any portion of the regular school day without the express permission of the Principal.

Cold Weather Uniform Guidelines:

  • A solid white, blue or red undershirt (such as a turtleneck) may be worn under the school polo or school shirt.  

  • Long-sleeve school uniform polo is available for purchase from Risse Brothers.

  • Only the red school uniform jacket, hooded sweatshirt, or sweater bearing the Plato Academy logo may be worn in school during class time.  Non-school jackets may be worn to school, but must be taken off in classrooms.

  • Girls may wear solid white, red, or navy tights or leggings under their uniform shorts or skorts.

Dress Code Violation – Administration will determine the appropriateness of the dress.  Parents choose Plato Academy because we set higher standards in all aspects of the educational environment.  

  • First offense – written warning sent home.  Document must be signed and returned as a gesture of acknowledgement

  • Second offense – Mandatory conference with teacher and administration

  • Subsequent offense – Student will be sent to the office and parents will be called.  Students will not be permitted into class until he/she is in proper uniform


Dawn S. Parker


Plato Academy,  Clearwater

Telephone 727 793 2400



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