School Policies

Code of Conduct Dress code and Other School Policies

In an effort to reduce the circulation of counterfeit U.S. monies, the school district will no longer accept any $50 or $100 bills at any school-sponsored events. We apologize for any inconvenience, but ask that you support this initiative. Please plan accordingly when you attend our events. Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does school start? Our school day begins at 8:00 am.

What is the earliest I can drop my child off at school? You may drop your child off at 7:30am.

How do I get to Lake Shipp Elementary? View a map to the school.

What is the Code of Conduct? Florida Statute 1006.07 requires that all school districts adopt and distribute a Code of Student Conduct to all teachers, school personnel, students, and parents at the beginning of every school year. The statute specifically spells out that the document “shall be discussed at the beginning of every school year in student classes, school advisory council meetings, and parent and teacher association or organization meetings.”

How much are breakfasts and lunches? All of our students receive free breakfast and lunch.

What do I do if I (or anyone else) want to eat lunch with my child? Anyone that would like to have lunch must be on the student’s emergency card. Stop by the front office; sign in the visitor’s book and pickup your visitors tag. You can then meet your child in the lunchroom. You do not meet your child at the classroom.

What is the policy for bringing balloons/flowers to school? Gifts, flowers and balloons may not be delivered or brought to the school. It is disruptive to the academic process. Any gifts, balloons, flowers brought to the school will remain in the front office and the parent will be called to pick them up. Polk County School health and wellness guidelines do not allow for cupcakes and snacks throughout the school year.

My child’s birthday is coming could I send something in to celebrate? According to the Lake Shipp Student Handbook on page 8, gifts, flowers and balloons may not be delivered or brought to the school. It is disruptive to the academic process. Any gifts, balloons, flowers brought to the school will remain in the front office and the parent will be called to pick it up. Polk County School health and wellness guidelines do not allow for cupcakes and snacks throughout the school year.

Is my child allowed to pass out invitations at school? Party invitations may not be distributed during school hours.

What if my child needs medications? All medicines must be in the original container and have an authorization signed by the doctor’s office before any medicine can be dispensed. An adult must bring the medication to the clinic. Students may NOT transport medication to/from school.

Why do I have to have my Government Issued Photo ID to check my child out? It is for the safety of your child, as well as a Polk County School requirement.

Do agendas need to be signed every night? Yes, the agenda is a communication tool between home and school. This is the method teachers will use to share information. Additionally, all other information (flyers, classwork, etc.) will come in the Wednesday folder.

How can I view my child’s grades online? You can access your child’s grades through Parent Portal.

Parents with students with Special Needs (ESE) find out more

http://www.polk-fl.net/parents/ese/default.htm

Dress Code Information

For Elementary

The following are general guidelines. Schools may work with their advisory councils to determine what specific clothing items (types and colors) are acceptable for their individual dress codes.

Bottoms:  khaki, navy, denim, or black.

Walking shorts, slacks, skorts, skirts, and skirted jumpers are acceptable, but must be plain, solid-color twill, corduroy or denim fabric

Tops: White red or navy with collar

or school t-shirts are available for purchase in the office for $6 cash.

Knit polo-type, Oxford or woven dress shirts, blouses or turtlenecks are acceptable. Schools may also allow additional colors and school T-shirts. Check with your school for more information.

The Dress Code does not allow for clothing with colored trim, stripes, embroidery, decoration, etc. It also does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweatpants, knit pants/ skirts, leggings, etc. A small logo is acceptable.

Other dress code rules:

  • A belt is required if the garment has belt loops.
  • Shirts (including T-shirts) must be tucked in.
  • Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer.
  • Shoes must be safe and appropriate.
  • Clothes must be the appropriate size, with the waist of garment worn at student’s waist.
  • Clothing that is too tight or too loose is not appropriate for school.

School administrators will determine if clothing is appropriate for school and complies with district rules. For more specific information on the student dress code, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct.

Winter Dress Code Information

For Elementary and Middle Schools

Any kind of jacket/coat/cardigan is OK if it meets regular dress code rules, including:

  • Trench coats are not allowed.
  • Hooded sweatshirts are allowed, but hoods may not be worn during school hours.
  • Outerwear may not be disruptive, distracting, display offensive language/symbols, etc.
  • School staff may ask students to remove jackets.

Any pullover garment that is worn all day (sweater, sweater vest, sweatshirt) should:

  • Have a collar OR be worn with a collared uniform shirt or official school T-shirt underneath.
  • Must be solid white, solid navy or a school-approved solid shirt color.

On very cold days, students who walk, bike, etc., may need to wear sweatpants, etc. over their school clothes on their way to/from school. However, any clothing that doesn’t meet dress code requirements must be removed before school begins.

Bottoms: Navy, black or khaki/tan

Walking shorts, slacks, skorts, skirts and skirted jumpers are acceptable but must be plain, solid-color twill, corduroy or denim fabric.

Tops: White or navy with collar

Knit polo-type, Oxford or woven dress shirts, blouses or turtlenecks are acceptable. Schools may also allow additional colors and school T-shirts. Check with your school for more information.

The Dress Code does not allow for clothing with colored trim, stripes, embroidery, decoration, etc. It also does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweatpants, knit pants/skirts, leggings, etc. A small logo is acceptable.

Other dress code rules:

  • A belt is required if the garment has belt loops.
  • Shirts (including T-shirts) must be tucked in.
  • Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer.
  • Shoes must be safe and appropriate.
  • Clothes must be the appropriate size, with the waist of garment worn at student’s waist.
  • Clothing that is too tight or too loose is not appropriate for school.

School administrators will determine if clothing is appropriate for school and complies with district rules. For more specific information on the student dress code, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct.