Dress Code for 2015 – 2016


****We strongly request that parents enforce this dress code with their children before leaving for school each morning. Addressing violations at school takes up valuable instructional time and also creates an embarrassing situation for both the student and adults, who are simply attempting to enforce a very reasonable dress code policy for the benefit of all. Thank you for your cooperation!****

Dress code updated:  08/03/2015


The rationale behind the IVMS dress code is to allow students “freedom within limts” through which to express their individual personalities as well as maintain reasonable standards of decorum and modesty. Another benefit of a dress code is not having valuable time and attention directed to clothing and distracting hair styles.

In 2015, the Florida legislature passed uniform guidelines for state’s public school system that are much more stringent than our policy. Research was cited that showed fewer discipline problems (including bullying) and a better attitude toward learning in schools that had implemented a uniform/dress code policy. All public schools will now adopt some type of uniform policy or dress code.

IVMS has found the same results to be true. We believe that our simple guidelines keep our incident reports low and teasing and bullying due to attire down to a negligible level. Students are happy with the ability to choose their colors, which most schools do not allow. We appreciate any support you can give from home to let your children know we have thought long and hard about a policy based on fairness, safety, individual expression, and appropriate dress for school.

ALL STUDENTS (other than 8th – 12th grade students) are expected to wear uniform shirts on the first day of school. These shirts should be solid in color. We have some gently used uniform shirts available.  Check with the office for more information on availability and size.


8th – 12th grade students are not required to wear a school shirt with an IVMS logo. All other aspects of the dress code still apply.  These students may wear shirts that are plain, striped, or contain patterns or designs. Shirts must not contain any promotional or commercial advertising or lettering of any kind other than “IVMS”  and must be modest and in good repair. Graphic designs are fine as long as they are not cartoons or other commercial images such as sports teams, bands, or corporate logos.

ALL OTHER STUDENTS (PK-7th) are required to wear a school uniform each day consisting of the following:


All outerwear must not contain any graphic commercial advertising or lettering (other than “IVMS” or “IVHS”) but may include patterns or designs. For grade levels below 8th grade, school uniform shirts must be worn under any outerwear.  In cooler weather, shirts may be double layered with patterns and designs on the undershirt that are not commercial in nature but the uniform shirt must be worn on top. Tight leggings must be worn under shorts or skirts.

Basically, we request that all clothing be modest, in good repair, and be consistent with the values of our school. School personnel do not wish to create embarrassing situations for students in this regard. We strongly request that parents enforce this dress code with their children.

Shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets are available locally or through various online vendors. Information regarding uniform vendors is available by clicking here.


Hats are not permitted to be worn inside.  Any hat requirement for sun protection during outdoor activities must be plain or with the IVMS logo. If a student continually “forgets” to remove a hat once inside, the privilege will be revoked.

Backpacks and Bags

Backpacks, totes, or large handbags are no longer permitted on campus at any location and for any program. (Special exceptions for individual students may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the program principal only.)

At the elementary level, you child will be given a folder to take work back and forth from school.  Backpacks are a security risk in a number of ways. They also take up too much space in learning environments, contributing to unneeded clutter. Not having to manage backpacks greatly assists our staff to maintain a secure environment.

Physical Education

An IVMS Jogathon shirt or logo T-shirt along with shorts and/or athletic pants that allow movement and appropriate athletic shoes are required during physical education classes.  Jeans, skirts, and slip-on shoes are not appropriate for PE. If students do not have appropriate shoes, they will not be allowed to participate, possibly resulting in a zero for the day. Jewelry should not be worn during PE class except for small, studded earrings.

Students are encouraged to bring an additional IVMS shirt to change into after outdoor PE classes and vigorous activities.  Students in grades 4th and up are highly encouraged to wear deodorant daily. Spray perfumes, colognes, or other fragrant mists are not permitted at school.

–  an Island Village Montessori School logo shirt (short or long sleeve of any solid color).

– (ALL STUDENTS) shorts, skorts, or slacks should be appropriate for recess or outdoor play and not expose the midriff, sit too low on the hips, or be overly tight or revealing.

– (ALL STUDENTS) dresses and skirts suitable for recess and other forms of outdoor play are also acceptable but MUST be worn with shorts underneath.

–  (ALL STUDENTS) athletic shoes or other completely enclosed shoes (both toe and heel) with rubber soles that are suitable for outdoor play or physical education classes. If students do not have appropriate shoes, they will not be allowed to participate in certain classes or activities, possibly resulting in a zero for the day.

– (ALL STUDENTS) High and hard-heeled shoes and boots, sandals, skate shoes, light-up shoes, open sandals of any kind, and Crocs are not allowed. This is for the safety of all of our students.


Prohibited Images, Designs, and Endorsements

Clothing, raincoats, umbrellas, lunch boxes, or other school supplies used at IVMS are not permitted to have cartoons, advertisements, commercial images, sports identification or numbers, or endorsements.

You must purchase a lunch box without commercial images for your child to use at our school (designs are fine).

RATIONALE: We would like our students to have a break from the commercial nature of our modern society and ask for your support by adhering to this requirement.  We want school to be for learning, not for advertising or other forms of commercialism. We feel that it will help our children in seeking a balance between the world they encounter on television or the Internet and that of our community of learners.  We really appreciate your support with this challenge.

Appropriate Fit and Condition

All clothing must be in good condition, not revealing, and free from stains, writing, or other marks.  No low-cut pants or short shorts are allowed.  Do not allow your child to wear tight shirts or low cut pants that expose the midriff or undergarments in any way. Skirts are acceptable ONLY if shorts are underneath.  Shorts, skirts and skorts must extend below the student’s fingertips with shoulders in a relaxed position.

Our students move about, sit on the floor, climb play equipment, run, play soccer and other sports. We do not wish for them to become embarrassed if clothing does not fit properly.  Please help us by purchasing the correct clothing and supervising what your child wears to school.  A student who wears an improperly fitted uniform or one in disrepair will be considered in violation of the dress code policy and will not be allowed to attend class until appropriate clothing can be acquired or repairs made.

Hair Styles

Distracting, unnatural hair color or style will be treated as a dress code violation.

This includes colorful dyes and streaks, Mohawks, or other distracting hairstyles.  Additionally, please do not allow your child to wear jewelry, body piercings, tattoos, or makeup to school that is distracting.  It is strongly recommended to that any additional adornments be kept to a minimum.

If your child comes to school in clothing or accessories that do not meet these requirements, you will be called to bring your child the proper attire.  Taking into account the changing and unforeseen trends in fashion, administration reserves the right to determine if a student’s dress is appropriate for the school environment.