Dress Code Policy

Davenport High School’s student dress code supports equitable educational access and written in a manner that does not reinforce stereotypes. To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size.


  • All students should be able to dress comfortably for school and engage in the educational environment without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline or body shaming.
  • All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal “distractions” without regulating individual students’ clothing/self-expression.
  • Student dress code enforcement should not result in unnecessary barriers to school attendance.
  • School staff should be trained and able to use student/body-positive language to explain the code and to address code violations.
  • Teachers should focus on teaching without the additional and often uncomfortable burden of dress code enforcement.
  • Reasons for conflict and inconsistent and/or inequitable discipline should be minimized whenever possible.


  • Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection), dance (bare feet, tights/leotards), or PE (athletic attire/shoes). ● Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable.
  • Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self-identified gender.
  • Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.
  • Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, and pornography.
  • Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that denote, suggest, display or reference alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia or other illegal conduct or activities.
  • Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that will interfere with the operation of the school, disrupt the educational process, invade the rights of others, or create a reasonably foreseeable risk of such interference or invasion of rights.
  • Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that reasonably can be construed as being or including content that is racist, lewd, vulgar or obscene, or that reasonably can be construed as containing fighting words, speech that incites others to imminent lawless action, defamatory speech, or threats to others.
  • Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size.

Dress Code

Davenport High School expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school sponsored event. Student dress choices should respect the District’s intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size. Any restrictions to the way a student dresses must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and must be explained within this dress code.

1. Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times.

Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, torso, and breasts are fully covered with opaque fabric.  All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.

2. Students Must Wear*, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:

    • A Shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms), and
    • Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings (must have appropriate over garment), a dress or shorts), and
    • Shoes
    • Student identification badges will be provided to secondary students to ensure safety and security of students and staff. Students must wear the ID card at all times around the neck area when on school grounds.

*Courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, and job readiness) may include assignment-specific dress, but should not focus on covering bodies in a particular way or promoting culturally-specific attire. Activity-specific shoes requirements are permitted (for example, athletic shoes for PE).

3. Students May Wear, as long as these items do not violate Section 1 above:

  • Crocs
  • Religious headwear
  • Hoodie sweatshirts (students may not wear the hoods over their heads during school hours).
  • Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans” (Yoga pants/legging requirements: must have appropriate over garment).
  • Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed. (Rip(s) must be below the knee, if the “rip(s)” are above the knee leggings/cover must be worn underneath the ripped jeans).
  • Athletic attire (excluding volleyball shorts

4. Students Cannot Wear:

  • Violent language or images.
  • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity).
  • Hate speech, profanity, pornography.
  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.
  • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are allowed)
  • Bandanas of any color
  • Swimsuits
  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon.
  • Any item that obscures the face or ears (except as a religious observance or face mask due to COVID regulations).
  • Blankets
  • Hats (unless otherwise noted for Spirit Day or a special event)
  • No tank tops or shirts without sleeves
  • No Crop tops

5. Dress Code Enforcement

To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the
dress code consistently using the requirements below. School administration and staff shall not
have discretion to vary the requirements in ways that lead to discriminatory enforcement.

  • Students will only be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation as outlined in Sections 1 and 4 above. Students in violation of Section 1 and/or 4 will be provided three (3) options to be dressed more to code during the school day:
    • Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
    • Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
    • If necessary, students’ parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day. If none of the three options list above are utilized, students will be subject to discipline as defined by the Polk County Public Schools Code of Conduct (link listed above). Progressive discipline will be used.
  • No student should be affected by dress code enforcement because of racial identity, sex assigned at birth, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity.
  • School staff shall not enforce the school’s dress code more strictly against transgender and gender nonconforming students than other students.
  • Students should not be shamed or required to display their body in front of others (students, parents, or staff) in school. “Shaming” includes, but is not limited to:
      • kneeling or bending over to check attire fit;
      • measuring straps or skirt length;
      • asking students to account for their attire in the classroom or in hallways in front of others;
      • calling out students in spaces, in hallways, or in classrooms about perceived dress code violations in front of others; in particular, directing students to correct sagged pants that do not expose the entire undergarment, or confronting students about visible bra straps, since visible waistbands and straps on undergarments are permitted; and,
      • accusing students of “distracting” other students with their clothing.

    These dress code guidelines shall apply to regular school days and summer school days, as well as any school-related events and activities, such as graduation ceremonies. Dances/prom will have an adapted dress code and those regulations will be provided prior the actual event date.

Students who feel they have been subject to discriminatory enforcement of the dress code should contact the Davenport High School Administration Team.
Inspired in part by Oregon NOW Model Dress Code & Middleton High School Dress Code Policy.


Davenport High School will follow PCPS’s code of conduct, the link can be found above. Progressive discipline will be utilized as needed. When it comes to discipline, at DHS we prioritize positive behavior, social and emotional learning, and aim to work with students to ensure academic and personal success. Discipline amongst students will be equitable (and in compliance with their IEP & 504 plans if assigned). If there is a specific request for how discipline is assigned, please contact administration.

Graduation Requirements

Students entering ninth grade must follow one of the following five options to earn a diploma:

  • 24-credit program*
  • 18-credit, Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum
  • An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) curriculum

Please use this link to review specific graduation requirements per the Florida Department of Education (DOE).