St. Johns County Back to School Essentials: Dress Code, Shopping, Supplies Lists & More

Jul 27, 2022 Blog, St. Johns County
Beacon Lake - St. Johns County Back to School

It’s that time of year again in St. Johns County! Classes will resume next week, which means shopping for the kids. From trendy clothes and shoes to much-needed accessories, including backpacks and lunch boxes, plus a plethora of school supplies, St. Johns County has the perfect shopping spots to help you get the shopping done and your kids ready to go back to school.

First off, you may be wondering… Does St. Johns County have required uniforms, specific colors to adhere to with clothing choices, or a general dress code?

No, there are no specific uniforms or colored polos required, but there is a dress code given by the county that students must adhere to. Before you go shopping for new clothes for your children this school year, take a look at the dress code according to the county’s Student Code of Conduct:

St. Johns County School District – Dress Code

All Students in St. Johns County:

[Note that each principal has the authority to change these rules so you should double-check with your school if you’re unsure]

  • Personal attire may be in the style of the day. Clothing, piercings, and accessories displaying profanity, violence, discriminatory messages, sexually suggestive phrases, phrases, or symbols of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs is unacceptable.
  • Gang graffiti will not be drawn or worn on backpacks, notebooks, folders, papers, clothing or any other object or on the body of any student or person on school property.
  • Pajamas shall not be worn as exterior clothing on campus.
  • Headgear, including but not limited to, caps, hats, bandanas and/or sunglasses shall not be worn indoors on campus unless permitted by school administration for religious or medical reasons. Students may wear sunglasses, hats, or other sun‐protective wear while outdoors during school hours.
  • Clothing must cover areas from one armpit to the other armpit, down to the mid‐thigh. Tops must have shoulder straps and be long enough to adequately cover the waistline and not expose the midriff.
  • Students must wear shoes that are safe and appropriate for the learning environment. Middle school and elementary school students must wear shoes that have a back or strap on the heel. High school students may wear backless shoes. Bedroom slippers are prohibited.
  • See‐through or mesh garments must be worn with opaque clothing over it or underneath that meets the standard for clothing coverage.
  • Rips or tears in clothing above the mid‐thigh must not expose skin.
  • Any student who attends First Coast Technical College must follow dress code regulations established by each occupational department of FCTC (i.e., safety clothing, protective garments, and business attire).

Standards: Boys

  • Boy’s pants/slacks must be worn at the waist. No boxer shorts or underwear may be visible.
  • Mustaches and beards shall be neatly trimmed.
  • Revealing clothing and pajamas are not acceptable.

Standards: Girls

  • Tops and shirts must cover the entire shoulder and they must be modest and not revealing or distracting. Midriff or “cut-out” dresses and “cut out” tops may not be worn. Extremely short skirts are not allowed. Skirts must be no shorter than four inches (4″) above the top of the knee. Revealing clothing, pajamas and lingerie are not acceptable. Underwear must not be exposed.
  • Hair curlers and excessive make-up shall not be permitted.
  • Girls’ pants/slacks must be worn at the waist. No underwear may be exposed.

Best Shopping Spots in St. Johns County

St. Johns County has the perfect shopping spots to help you get the shopping done and your kids ready to go back to school.

St. Johns Town Center

The St. Johns Town Center is among the best of the latest malls – an outdoor mall with more than 160 stores and a plethora of delectable dining options to suit every taste bud. Unlike indoor malls, St. Johns Town Center promises a unique shopping experience as you enjoy the fresh air while you shop for back-to-school deals for your kids. With Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Ross, and more, plus unique boutique shops, you’ll find every style and fashion for kids of all ages, while staying on a budget – large or small.

Also, on hand is Target for great deals on the essential school supplies on everyone’s back-to-school supply list. St. Johns Town Center also features Dick’s Sporting Goods, where you can find the accessories and athletic gear for those kids who are involved in sports and other outdoor adventures.

If the kids are with you for back-to-school shopping, there are lots of areas to stop, snack, and relax, plus play areas and even a little pond area for your shopping helpers to unwind!

Shoppes at Bartram Walk

Shoppes at Bartram Walk is another ideal family shopping destination. The outdoor shopping mall is perfect for back-to-school shopping for the whole family. Just down the road from Beacon Lake, Shoppes at Bartram Walk is ready to meet all your back-to-school needs, particularly clothes, learning, health and wellness, and accessories for your back-to-schoolers.

With over 100,000  square feet of shopping stores, including Kohl’s, Sports Clips, Brain Balance, Tutor Time, and Beaches Pediatrics, your little ones will be able to find just what they need for school-style while sharpening their learning skills – from preschool to high school and beyond. Plus, when your back-to-school crew needs a break and time to refuel from shopping – Shoppes at Bartram Walk offers lots of fun, delicious dining options including Five Guys, Tijuana Flats, Panera Bread, and much more!

St. Augustine Premium Outlets

Outlet shopping malls offer variety like no other. With the promise of great discount deals in every store, the St. Augustine Premium Outlets are ready to help you get all your kids prepped for back to school. The ideal spot to find back-to-school shoes, clothing, and accessories for preschoolers to college students, St. Augustine Premium Outlets has all your kids’ favorites from Carters to Under Armour (UA) and everything in between.

Shop for shoes from popular brands like Nike, UA, Vans, Skechers, and more, and get the latest fashions from Aeropostale, Puma, Adidas, American Eagle, Gap, Express, and more. If you plan to visit all the shops, you’ll want to take a break during your shopping expedition at any of the nearby restaurants, where you can also find delightful food options to suit everyone’s needs.

The Pavilion at Durbin Park

While parts of the area are still in development, The Pavilion at Durbin Park already offers everything you need to get your kids ready for back-to-school – plus a movie theater to reward your kids for being patient through all the shopping!

Everybody can look sharp for the new school year after a haircut at Great Clips or SportClips. You can get your older kids their first cell phone at Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon. Your vehicle can get prepared for the carpool at Discount Tire. And you can find everything else you need for back-to-school at Old Navy, Ross, or Walmart.

Where to Shop for School Supplies & Packed Lunches/Snacks

Beacon Lake Living – Everything You Need Close By

If you’re looking for the perfect first-day back-to-school outfit, school supplies, or lunch ingredients, these shopping locations offer a variety of options for you to pick from.

For those who call St. Johns County and Beacon Lake home, back-to-school shopping is easy given all the options nearby. At Beacon Lake, the benefits of modern suburban living from amenities to shopping and the lake truly mean you’ll love living here! Learn more about St. Johns County schools here.

St. Johns County District: Calendars, Supplies List & Other Helpful Resources

Beacon Lake’s school-age residents are assigned to Ocean Palms Elementary School, Alice B. Landrum Middle School, and Beachside High School. Here are some useful resources for all three schools:

Ocean Palms Elementary School St Johns County

Ocean Palms Elementary School

Ocean Palms School Hours – Mon-Fri

Start Time: 8:30 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday Dismissal: 1:45 p.m.

        Landrum Middle School St Johns County

        Alice B. Landrum Middle School

        Landrum School Hours – Mon-Fri

        Start Time: 7:30 a.m.

        Dismissal: 1:50 p.m.

        Wednesday Dismissal: 12:50 p.m.

        Beachside High School logo - St Johns County

        Beachside High School

        Beachside School Hours – Mon-Fri

        Start Time: 9:20 a.m.

        Dismissal: 3:50 p.m.

        Wednesday Dismissal: 2:50 p.m.

        Where to Live in St. Johns County

        Excellent schools in St. Johns County


        A-Rated School System

        The Beacon Lake community is zoned for some of the highest-rated schools in the state. In fact, St. Johns County School District was rated the #1 Best School District in Florida in 2022! The area also boasts several highly rated higher learning institutions, including Flagler College, St. Johns River State College, and the University of St. Augustine for Health Services. Other Schools to consider just outside of St. Johns County are the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University. 

        If you’re considering moving to St. Johns County or are looking to relocate to a new home from somewhere local, you should definitely consider the brand new Beacon Lake community of single-family homes and townhomes. At Beacon Lake, the natural beauty of northeast Florida’s coastline is combined with lakefront or preserve views and resort-style community features to create your dream lifestyle.

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