The summer is coming to an end, and soon it will be time for local children to return to school. Collier County School District’s first day of school is Monday, August 16th. To help make the transition back to school easier, Coastal Breeze News has gathered all the basics you need to know.
Tax Free Weekend
Back to school means that once again it is time to buy school supplies, and the State of Florida is offering a Tax Free Weekend August 4-6 to help parents’ pocketbooks. Florida’s tax-free weekend applies to school supplies ($15 or less per item), clothing and bags/backpacks ($60 or less per item), and more.
“School supplies” include: pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses, and calculators.
“Clothing” means: any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear. Clothing does not include watches, jewelry, umbrellas, or handkerchiefs.
For the full list of exempt and non-exempt items, as well as a detailed explanation of the rules and requirements, go to www.myflorida.com/dor.
Free Back to School Haircuts
For the ninth year, Rick’s Island Salon, 800 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, is generously providing free back to school haircuts for students, teachers and staff for all Collier County Schools through the month of August. Call the salon at 239- 642-6696 to make an appointment.
Bus Schedules Available Online
Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) bus schedules for students needing transportation to attend any of the district’s schools are available online.
To find the location of your bus stop, visit bus.collierschools.com. You will need to enter your child’s student ID and birth date to access their assigned bus information.
If you have questions that cannot be answered by viewing the bus schedule online, call the CCPS Transportation Department for your region:
S. Naples/Marco: 239-377-1021
Golden Gate: 239-377-1022
North Naples: 239-377-1023
Golden Gate Estates: 239-377-1024
North Central Naples: 239-377-1025
East Naples: 239-377-1026
Tommie Barfield Elementary
101 Kirkwood Street, Marco Island
School Hours: 8:25 AM-2:50 PM
Tops: Girls and boys solid colored short or long sleeved shirts with collars are approved with no logo or with a 1/4-inch design that does not represent a brand name such as Abercrombie, GAP, Hollister, etc.
Bottoms: Solid colored pant, or shorts in approved colors: khaki, white, black or navy blue. Skirts (with attached or separate shorts) and shorts must reach to the end of fingertips. No denim, nylon or sweat pants material (including leggings). Tights and leggings, preferably solid colors, must be worn under skirts or shorts, but not alone.
For further details on the dress code and for a school supply list by grade visit www.collierschools.com/Domain/56.
Manatee Elementary School
1880 Manatee Road, Naples
School Hours: 8:25 AM- 2:50 PM
Tops: Any color polo shirt with collar (no logo, stripes, or decorations).
Bottoms: Slacks, capri pants, walking shorts, skirts, or skorts. Navy blue or khaki. A belt is required.
Shoes: Sneakers or athletic shoes.
For full uniform requirements and school supply list, visit www.collierschools.com/Domain/40.
Manatee Middle School
1920 Manatee Road, Naples
School Hours: 9:05 AM–3:15 PM
Tops: Any color polo shirt, but it must be a solid color with no logos. T-shirts are not allowed. No bare skin exposed at waist.
Bottoms: Pants, shorts and skirts must be khaki. Skirts must reach knees. Brown or black belt required if garment has belt loops.
Full dress code guidelines and supply list, visit www.collierschools.com/Domain/ 41.
Marco Island Charter Middle School
1404 Trinidad Ave., Marco Island
239-377-3200 School Hours: 7:50 AM-3 PM Dress Code: Tops: Must be blue, teal or white polo or button down shirt, but 8th graders only may also wear a black polo.
Bottoms: Pants or skirt must be navy or light khaki. Skirts must be longer than fingertips when arms are at the student’s sides. Visit the school’s website for details on the dress code and supply lists by grade, www.marcoislandchartermiddleschool.org.
Lely High School
1 Lely High School Blvd., Naples
School Hours: 7:10 AM-2:05 PM
Uniform is not required. Check the school website, www.collierschools.com/ Domain/38, for dress code and supply lists.
Marco Island Academy
2255 San Marco Road, Marco Island
School Hours: 8:25 AM-3:15 PM
Uniform is not required. Check the school website, www.marcoislandacademy.com, for dress code and supply lists.