TAA’s student image and dress policy seeks to instill in students respect and pride in their physical appearance and school image. The school’s dress code clearly indicates that appearance matters and is linked to being successful. Students’ clothing should be clean and neat. The dress code policy seeks to draw the attention of TAA students away from current fashion and fads, and encourages modesty and appropriateness.
THE SCHOOL APPROVED WARDROBE
The approved school uniform guidelines of TAA are as follows:
TAA Logo shirts of appropriate size and length.
Color: Red or Blue
Pants, Skorts, Skirts, or Capri Pants of appropriate size and length.
Color: Navy Blue or Khaki
Jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters must be of appropriate size and length.
The school contracts with Embroidery Express to provide the approved school polo shirts and with Tampa T-Shirts for the approved P.E. uniforms. All uniform shirts and P.E. uniforms must be purchased through the school office once the student has received a letter of acceptance. Appropriate navy blue or khaki pants, skorts, or capri pants must be purchased from the uniform line at Wal-mart, Target, J.C. Penney, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Sears.
ANSWERS TO COMMON DRESS POLICY QUESTIONS
- Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times and laces should be tied. Flip Flops or slippers are not acceptable.
- School attire should be of appropriate size and length. Bare midriffs are not acceptable. Baggy pants, pants that are too long or oversized, or clothing that is excessively tight or short are not acceptable. Pants are always to be worn with a belt.
- Girls may wear leggings under skirts or shorts.
- Light make-up and clear nail polish may be worn and should look natural. Extremes are not acceptable.
- Hairstyles should be modest and kept neat and clean. Extreme hairstyles that attract undue attention are unacceptable.
- Hats and caps are not to be worn in the classrooms or school buildings.
- Jewelry, including, but not limited to, rings, bracelets, chains, earrings, or necklaces are not acceptable. Teachers are instructed to confiscate and hold jewelry until parents can make arrangements to pick it up.
Students who fail to comply with the dress code may be removed from the classroom until their parent/guardian can provide them with acceptable clothing. Inappropriate items of clothing will be confiscated and held until picked up by the parent. The school assumes no responsibility for confiscated items that might be lost, stolen or damaged.
Students are allowed to wear blue jean pants (no holes or rips) and Christian or church t-shirts on Fridays. T-shirts should have sleeves and not include any inappropriate pictures, words, logos or text with double meanings. Shoes should be in accordance with the general dress code guidelines.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ATTIRE
Students, grades 5-10, must wear uniforms for physical education classes. Uniforms are available for purchase through the office. Sweatshirts and sweat pants may be worn if the weather is cold. Sneakers must be worn at P.E. The consequences for not following the P.E. uniform policy may include the running of laps and a grade deduction.
Each student must have their own P.E. uniform. Uniforms may not be shared.
SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Dress for special occasions such as banquets or public performances at churches or other functions should be modest, neat and in good taste. Sponsors and the faculty will set appropriate guidelines for special dress-up occasions.
CONSEQUENCES FOR UNIFORM VIOLATIONS
Students choosing to not follow the school’s dress code policy will be subject to disciplinary action including loss of Dress Down Day privileges, detention, suspension, or, in the case of chronic problems, expulsion.