Manatee Elementary is a uniform school. Please read the uniform policy below.

Manatee Uniform Policy

The following establishes the acceptable, specific standards for student dress and appearance: 

All students who attend Manatee Elementary are required to wear uniforms to school every day, with the exception on Fridays, which students may wear a School Spirit shirt with uniform bottoms. Personal appearance shall not detract from the educational process.

The required uniform will consist of the following items below:

  • Shirts: Polo style shirts with no writing. Solid colors.  If a Logo exists, it must be smaller than a quarter.
  • Bottoms: Shorts or skirts (at fingertip or below), pants, capris, jumpers. Pants shall be worn at the waist and fastened with a plain black or brown belt. Colors: navy or tan only.
  • Jackets: Solid Color with no writing or logos.
  • Socks, tights or leggings. Solid colors only.
  • Hair styles such as Mohawks and those which cause a distraction are not permitted.
  • Closed toe shoes shall be worn at all times.  Any shoe worn must be securely attached to the foot so that it cannot fall off. Sneakers are suggested every day for safety.  Roller skate type sneakers and Crock type shoes are not permitted.  
  • Articles of clothing or jewelry that dangle or hang or that could cause injury are prohibited.
  • Colored hair gel, hairspray, hair extensions, hair glitter and glitter on the body are not permitted.
  • Bandanas are not permitted. Hats are not permitted inside the building.
  • Caps, hats and/or sunglasses may be worn for P.E. classes. Sunscreen must be worn and applied at home.
  • Manatee Spirit Shirts in blue or green can be bought at the front office for $10. 
  • Manatee zip up jackets can be purchased for $25.00.

This policy was voted and approved, and updated in 2015, by the members of Manatee School Advisory Counsel. There are no exceptions to the above uniform policy.  Students must be in dress code every day.   Please refer to the Lee County School District Student Code of Conduct for out of uniform consequences. Consequences may include non- participation in school events.


To help prevent students from exposure to sun’s harmful rays, caps and sunglasses may be worn at PE, on outdoor field trips, and any other school sponsored outdoor activities.  When students come indoors these articles must be removed and placed in the student’s own book bag or other designated storage area. Items must be labeled.

  • Shatterproof plastic U.V. protective sunglasses are recommended for all outside activities. 
  • Polycarbonate lenses provide the utmost impact resistance.  U.V. coating for all prescription lenses is appropriate.
  • Sunscreen should be applied at home before the student dresses for school.  This will provide protection to the student during the time going to school, as well as during the rest of the day.   Sunscreen should NOT be brought to school.  Reapplication is not necessary when a long lasting product is used.  A minimum of SPF 15 is suggested but no more than SPF 30 is needed. Higher SPF ratings produce limited additional protection.

Parents should monitor student’s personal appearance before the child arrives at school. 

Parents will be called and required to correct the students appearance which does not adhere to the District’s and/or the Manatee Elementary Dress Code. 

2015-2016 Dress Code

The purpose of the Dress Code is to encourage students to focus on the learning process without the distractions of unsuitable dress and grooming.  Students shall maintain a clean, orderly appearance at all times.

The responsibility for the personal appearance of the student rests with the parent/guardian and the student.  Personal appearance shall not detract from the educational process.  The following establishes the minimum acceptable standards for student dress to be interpreted and enforced by the administration or designee. 

  1. Shoes shall be worn at all times. Shower shoes and/or bedroom slippers are not permitted.
  2. Apparel shall be adequate in both length and coverage to be considered appropriate for school.
  3. Pants shall be worn fastened and at the waist.
  4. Altered clothing, i.e., cut-off jeans, pants with holes, tears, rips, etc., and/or ill-fitting garments are not acceptable.
  5. Shirts and blouses shall be appropriately fastened in accord with the design of that shirt or blouse.  The length should extend beyond the waist level.  Spandex or stretchy skirts are prohibited.
  6. Transparent or see-through tops, bare midriff, strapless, or low-cut clothing, or tops that provide minimum coverage or are of a suggestive nature are prohibited: halters, spaghetti straps, backless dresses or tops, tub tops, tank tops, muscle shirts, or any clothing which may be distracting are prohibited.
  7. Any articles of clothing or jewelry that could likely cause injury, such as chains, rings, chokers, with or without spikes or studs, are prohibited.  Wallet chains of any length are prohibited.
  8. Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges, or symbols that promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any other illegal activity are prohibited.
  9. Apparel or symbols which may be gang related may not be displayed on a student’s person, locker, vehicle, or personal belongings.
  10. Gang related tattoos or other tattoos that may cause a substantial disruption, as determined by the administration, are prohibited.
  11. Neither headgear (hoods, hats, bandanas) nor sunglasses will be worn inside the building. 
  12. Clothing with slogans or advertising that has a double meaning is prohibited.
  13. Shorts and skirts must extend beyond the end of the fingertips with arms extended downward and should approach the knee. No short shorts or running shorts are allowed.
  14. Prohibited adornments (piercings) include, but are not limited to, hoops or rings attached to the nose, eyebrow, cheeks, or lip.
  15. Pajama attire of any kind is not permitted.
  16. Long coats, including trench coats are not permitted inside the building.
  17. Blankets, pillows, gloves and/or stuffed animals are not appropriate for school.