Florida - Gang Prevention: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

Topic is not addressed in state laws or limited to prohibitions on gang activity in schools.

Florida Statutes 1011.78 Standard student attire incentive payments.

There is created an incentive payment for school districts and charter schools that implement a standard student attire policy for all students in kindergarten through grade 8 in accordance with this section.

(1) SHORT TITLE - This section may be cited as the “Students Attired for Education (SAFE) Act.”

(2) PURPOSE. - The purpose of a standard student attire policy is to provide a safe environment for students which fosters learning and improves school safety and discipline by:

  • (a) Encouraging students to express their individuality through personality and academic achievements, rather than outward appearance.
  • (b) Enabling students to focus on academics, rather than fashion, because they are able to convey a neat, serious, and studious image.
  • (c) Minimizing disciplinary problems because students are not distracted by clothing.
  • (d) Reducing the time needed to correct dress code violations through a readily available inventory of compliant attire.
  • (e) Minimizing visible differences between students and eliminating social pressures to wear brand-name clothing or colors to show gang affiliation, thereby easing financial pressures on parents and enhancing school safety.
  • (f) Creating a sense of school pride and belonging.
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