Silver Lakes Middle School
Unified Dress Code
Silver Lakes Middle School has a Unified Dress Code. Our mission is for students to achieve academic success in a safe and civil environment. It is the intent of the unified dress policy that students are dressed in an appropriate manner that will not interfere with, or detract from, the school environment or disrupt the educational process. The adoption of the unified dress code is meant to promote safety, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment. Students must continue to comply with the Broward County Code of Student Conduct Book. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or comments, please feel free to contact your child’s grade level administrator at 754-322-4600.
Solid colored (no stripes, plaid, patterned, etc.) short sleeved collared polo type shirt or oxford style dress shirt.
Colors: Blue (any shade), Green (any shade), Black, White, Grey, Pink
May not be visible through the uniform top – no colors or graphic designs that show.
Jackets, Sweaters, Cardigans – must be an approved uniform top color (see above) and student will be asked to show appropriate uniform top underneath the outerwear. Cannot have offensive language and/or graphic designs.
Docker or cargo style pants or capris, walking shorts or skirts (just above or at knee length or longer). All bottoms, including oversized or low-hanging, must be worn and secured at waist level.
Colors: Khaki, Navy Blue, Black, Grey
Athletic type shoes are recommended. Bedroom slippers, flip-flops, and slides are not allowed. Closed toe shoes are required for safety reasons in certain programs or activities such as physical education, career/technical education, and science.
Logo is not required but, if desired, tops with the school logo may be purchased from approved local uniform vendors.
Parents may request, from an administrator, a uniform exemption at the time of registration for new students or during the first ten days of the school year for returning students. The exemption will be valid for one year only and parents/guardians will need to request an exemption on an annual basis.
Why does Silver Lakes Middle School have a
Unified Dress Code?
The benefits of school uniforms are numerous, some of which include:
~Promoting School Safety
When students are in uniform, the Silver Lakes Middle School staff can easily identify intruders on our campus. When one of our students is out of uniform, they catch our eye and divert our attention away from someone who may really not
belong here. When our students blend in together, intruders stand out!
~ Helping students concentrate on school work
Parents send their children an important message when they dress them in uniforms. School is not goofing off time, so we don’t dress for play; we dress for success.
~ Instilling school pride
Our Dolphins are part of a team. What better way to feel part of a team aspiring for the same goal than to wear the team uniform!
~ Instilling discipline
When students dress smart, they act smart. Some research has shown a reduction in trips to the office at schools that have uniforms. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes! Uniforms are definitely the way to go if you want to save money. Parents can save more than half the amount of money by purchasing uniforms rather than trying to keep up with the latest styles or worrying about repeating outfits. Won’t uniforms deny my child their freedom of expression?
As parents, we need to consider how we want our children to express their individuality. Rather than emphasizing clothing as a means of expression, why not encourage our children to express themselves and stand out as individual in how they articulate themselves, write, draw or display their character? Designers insist that rather than stifle creativity uniforms actually give children much needed guidelines with which to express their individuality.
All children should start wearing their school uniform on the very first day of school this August. Please call us at school if you have any questions or concerns.
Parents may request, from an administrator, a uniform exemption at the time of registration for new students or during the first ten days of the school year for new and returning students. The exemption will be valid for one year only and parents/guardians may request an exemption on an annual basis.