Uniform Policy

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Everyday Uniforms

South McKeel Academy students are required to wear uniforms, both tops and bottoms, purchased from Risse Brothers. Uniforms may be purchased online, by phone or at their Lakeland or Clearwater stores.

Risse Brothers School Uniforms
West Lakeland Business Park
2525 Drane Field Rd, Suite 11
Lakeland, FL 33811
www.rissebrothers.com

Boys' Uniform

Pants -- long navy blue or khaki
Shorts -- navy blue or khaki
Shirts -- yellow, red or navy blue with South McKeel Academy Block logo (Gr. K-6) Long or short-sleeved undershirts must be plain WHITE or NAVY only with no logo.

Girls' Uniform

Pants -- long navy blue or khaki
Shorts -- navy blue or khaki (length must be no shorter than fingertip)
Skorts -- South McKeel Academy plaid, navy or khaki skorts for Gr. K-6 (length must be no shorter than fingertip)
Shirts -- yellow, red or navy blue with South McKeel Academy Block logo (Gr. K-6)
Long or short-sleeved undershirts must be plain WHITE or NAVY only with no logo.

Other Dress Options

Coats/Jackets/Undershirt Options:
NAVY South McKeel Academy “Wildcat” hoodies/sweatshirts are available for purchase through Risse Brothers. These and other solid NAVY sweatshirts, jackets or sweaters with no logos may be worn at all times. Plain solid NAVY or solid WHITE long sleeve shirts may be worn under a uniform shirt.

Students may wear other heavy jackets to school, BUT only SOLID NAVY jackets, sweaters or sweatshirts may be worn inside the school building.

Cold Weather Days:
Students and parents will be notified the day before a cold weather jeans day if students will be allowed to wear jeans due to the cold temperature. Notifications may also be posted on our website, Facebook page or via an email. If no announcement is made, students are to report to school in their regular school uniform. Students are permitted to wear heavy jackets/coats on cold days. However, they are to be removed when they come inside the school building. Jeans worn on cold days must be long jeans that meet the guidelines listed above. Long uniform pants are available through Risse Brothers/Fontaine Apparel.

Jeans Fridays

No jeans are allowed except on “Jeans Fridays” where students may wear solid blue, plain (no designs, sequins, patches, holes or frayed hems) regular fit jeans, jean shorts, skirts, or capris at a cost of $1.00 for school fundraising purposes. Shorts and skirts must be appropriate length. Participation is optional. On Fridays, students may wear South McKeel sponsored shirts or spirit T-shirts with their jeans or regular uniform bottoms. Students not complying with the policy in place may lose their Friday jean privilege.

Uniform Guidelines

South McKeel Academy expects all students to dress appropriately at all times. Uniforms must be worn as follows:

  • Belts must be worn with bottoms that have belt loops.
  • Hats are not to be worn at school.
  • Shoes must have closed toes and back for safety purposes. No sandals, flip flops, roller shoes, or Crocs are to be worn.
  • Tights: Girls can wear tights and leggings that are solid NAVY or WHITE ONLY that are full length and cover the entire leg
  • Rings: no more than one per hand.
  • Necklaces: one worn inside the shirt.
  • Bracelets: no more than one per arm.
  • Earrings: ears only
    Girls: no more than 2 per ear
    Boys: not permitted
  • Hair: Only naturally occurring hair colors will be permitted (no purple, green, orange, pink, etc.) Boy’s hair must be off the collar and not below the eyebrows. Students with hairstyles that are considered distracting to the educational process will be referred to the office.
  • Backpacks: no offensive or disrespectful writing or drawing shall be on the backpack. Rolling backpacks are not permitted for safety reasons.
  • Body writing or fake tattoos may not be visible.