Dress Code

Uniform Dress Code 

Manatee School For the Arts requires all students to wear a uniform. Uniforms are worn during the school day while on campus and at all school sponsored activities off campus and on the bus. Any exceptions for particular events will be announced in advance.  Required uniform shirts and jackets are available only in the MSA uniform store.  Call MSA at 721-6800, ext. 1000 for the store hours.

Middle School Uniforms

Shirts: Polo style with band on sleeve

Colors- burgundy and hunter green with yellow/red logo and white lettering

Fabric- poly cotton blend- smooth or pique blend

         Oxford cloth shirt-long and short sleeve

Color- white with yellow/red logo with blue lettering

    T-shirt– allowed on Fridays only

              Color- black or ash gray with MSA logo

                 MSA production/department shirts with MSA logo

 

Shirts must be sized to fit, not overly tight (to be determined by MSA staff) and long enough to stay tucked in throughout all activities of the school day.  Failure to comply may result in the student being sent home.

Long sleeved shirt may be worn under uniform shirts, but must be a solid color and cannot have a hood or pattern of any kind.

Jackets: 

Grey hoodie sweatshirt with MSA Logo 

Grey Zip Up Hoodie

Grey Letterman Jacket

Middle School students may not wear Black jackets or Hoodies                         

Must be worn with an MSA polo shirt underneath

 

Uniform bottoms are not available at the MSA uniform store.  Please purchase separately using the following information:

Bottoms: Jumpers: Uniform style only– in colors navy and khaki

Pants: Uniform style only– in colors navy and khaki

     Shorts:     Uniform style only– in colors navy and khaki  

     Capris:  Uniform style only– in colors navy and khaki  

     Skorts:     Uniform style only – in colors navy and khaki        

     Skirt:   Uniform style only– in colors navy and khaki

Skirts, skorts, shorts, etc. must be fingertip length

                

Pants must fit properly; they cannot be overly tight or baggy (to be determined by MSA staff). Overly tight or baggy pants will result in the student being sent home.

 

Belts:  All pants and shorts that have belt loops, a belt must be worn.  Belts cannot be extra long and scarf belts are not allowed. 

Please Note – Pants, shorts and other items similar to uniform bottoms are often available at several stores. However, the following are not permitted:

  • No Blue Jeans or Leggings worn by themselves
  • No pants designed to fit below the top of  hip bone
  • Pants, shorts and skirts must have a hem and no frayed edges
  • No pants with elastic or knitted cuffs around the ankles.

General Rules for Middle School Uniforms

  • Uniform guidelines are to be followed at all times
  • Uniform shirts, jackets and bottoms are NOT to be altered in any way
  • Shirts and pants cannot be overly tight or form fitting- to be determined by MSA staff
  • School logo must be visible at all times
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times
  • Student ID must be current, worn on upper body, visible at all times, and may not be altered or covered in any way
  • Uniforms that are written on may not be worn
  • Shirt sleeves may not be rolled
  • Only MSA uniform shirt collar may be visible
  • Shorts may not be rolled up or down
  • Uniforms with tears, holes, written on or other damage may not be worn
  • Waist of pants must sit at the top of the hips or higher
  • No leggings (stretch pants with no pockets or beltloops) are allowed to be worn as pants. Leggings may be worn under shorts/skirts.
  • No fishnet stockings as part of the regular uniform
  • No long belts, no suspenders or straps hanging off bottoms, no ties, scarves, ribbons, etc. around neck or waist
  • Non-uniform jackets or sweaters may not be worn in school and must be placed in backpack
  • Jackets must be worn properly, not tied around waist or worn only over arms
  • Hood of jacket or hoodies may not be worn on head while in the building
  • Shoes are to be worn at all times (except in those classes that require otherwise)
  • No open- backed shoes (no flip-flops or slippers, or skate shoes). Straps or backs of shoes must be worn around heel at all times
  • No spiked jewelry, dog collars, handcuffs, safety pins or bandanas
  • No jewelry depicting handcuffs, guns, weapons, bullets, skulls, illegal substances or symbols of a sexual nature
  • No chains or chain wallets; keys must be kept in pocket, not hanging from belt
  • No exposed body piercing other than ears and nose (nose stud only, no rings, loops, or bars) including tongue, eyebrow, lip etc.  
  • No chains connecting piercings
  • No exposed tattoos, including Henna
  • No sunglasses  (on face, head or shirt)
  • No hats, caps, tiaras, crowns, capes, head scarves, bandanas of any style or print, goggles, animal accessories or head band with attachments or any other head covering of any kind
  • No spiked hair stiff enough to create a safety hazard
  • No toys– this includes pacifiers, leis, stuffed animals, Mardi Gras beads, etc.

    

Uniforms for Dance and TKD- Information on required uniforms will be available from the appropriate teacher.  Do not purchase clothing prior to notice.

NOTE: Individual faculty may request a student to alter his/her clothing, accessories, make-up, etc. if it is distracting to the teacher or other students in the class.  If the student declines to comply, the teacher should call Student Support for assistance.  Student Support will make the determination of a student’s uniform being improper or ill fitting.  The decision of Student Support will be final.

The Dress Code will be strictly enforced.

Failure to comply may result in student being sent home or disciplinary action.

High School Uniforms

Shirts: Polo style with band on sleeves

                 Colors- black, red and navy with MSA logo

                  Fabric-poly cotton blend

                  Oxford cloth shirt-long and short sleeve

                 Color- white with yellow/red logo and blue lettering

                 T-shirt-allowed on Fridays only

                Color- black or ash gray with MSA logo

                 MSA production/department shirts with MSA logo 

Shirts must be sized to fit, not overly tight (to be determined by MSA staff) and long enough to stay tucked in throughout all activities of the school day.  Failure to comply will result in the student being sent home.

Long sleeve shirts may be worn under uniform shirts, but must be a solid color and have no pattern of any kind.

Jackets*:  Hooded zipper front sweatshirt

                      Color-Black with white MSA logo

                      Black Letterman Jacket

Sweatshirts*: Crewneck

                              Color-Black with MSA logo

Hoodie*: Hooded sweatshirt –pullover

                      Color-Black with MSA logo

*Must be worn with a MSA polo shirt underneath

Bottoms: High school students choose their own bottoms using the following guidelines:

Pants must be sized to fit-not oversized, nor overly tight-to be determined by  MSA staff

                Solid color only-no stripes or patterns of any kind

                Pants may not drag on the ground

                Pants, shorts and skirts must have a hem and no frayed edges

                No body hugging, clingy or jersey material

                No athletic shorts, overalls or sweat pants 

                Capri pants may be worn but cannot be of body hugging materials

                Skirts, Skorts, shorts, etc. must be no shorter than the tips of your fingers when standing

Belts:  Must be worn with bottoms that have belt loops. No extra long belts or scarves may be worn..     

General Rules for High School Uniforms

  • Uniform rules are to be followed at all times
  • Shirts and pants cannot be overly tight- to be determined by MSA staff
  • Uniform shirts and jackets are not to be altered in any way
  • School logo must be visible at all times
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times
  • Student ID must be current, worn on upper body, visible at all times, and may not be altered or covered in any way
  • Shirtsleeves may not be rolled 
  • Only MSA uniform shirt collar may be visible
  • Uniforms that have been written on may not be worn
  • Uniforms or bottoms that have tears, holes or other damage may not be worn
  • Waist of pants must sit at the top of the hips or higher
  • No stretch or spandex may be worn outside of dance class.  No sweatpants or pajama bottoms, or layered pants, nor pants and skirts connected are allowed
  • No leggings are allowed to be worn as pants. Leggings may be worn under shorts/skirts. Fishnet stockings may not be worn as a part of the regular school uniform
  • No overalls, suspenders or straps hanging off bottoms
  • Non-uniform jackets or sweaters may not be worn in school and must be placed in backpack 
  • Jackets must be worn properly, not tied around waist or worn only over arms
  • Hood of jacket or hoodies may not be worn on head while in the building
  • Shoes are to be worn at all times (except in those classes that require otherwise).  No slippers or skate shoes
  • No spiked jewelry, dog collars, handcuffs, safety pins or bandanas
  • No jewelry depicting handcuffs, guns, weapons, bullets, skulls, illegal substances or symbols of a sexual nature
  • No exposed body piercing other than ear and nose (nose stud only, no rings, loops, or bars) this includes tongue, lip, eyebrow, etc.
  • No chains connecting piercings
  • Visible tattoos must not be offensive or distracting (decided at discretion of administration)
  • No ties, scarves ribbons, etc. around neck 
  • Key chains must be kept in pocket, not hanging from belt loops
  • No sunglasses (on face, head or shirt)
  • No hats, caps, tiaras, crowns, goggles, head scarves, bandanas of any style or print, costume ears or head bands with attachments, or any other head covering of any kind
  • No spiked hair stiff enough to create a safety hazard
  • No toys-this includes pacifiers, leis, stuffed animals and Mardi Gras beads 

Uniforms for Dance and TKD- Information on required uniforms will be available from the appropriate teacher.  Do not purchase clothing prior to notice.

NOTE: Individual faculty may request a student to alter his/her clothing, accessories, make-up, etc. if it is distracting to the teacher or other students in the class.  If the student declines to comply, the teacher should call Student Support for assistance.  Student Support will make the determination of a student’s uniform being improper or ill fitting. The decision of Student Support will be final.

The Dress code will be strictly enforced.

Failure to comply may result in student being sent home or disciplinary action.