School Uniforms Descriptor Code: JCDB
Dublin City Schools Board of Education – UNIFORM POLICY – SY 2010-2011
Kindergarten – Grade Eight
Students, in Kindergarten through Grade Eight, are expected to dress appropriately while in attendance at school. This includes wearing the adopted school uniform. This policy addresses requirements for a uniform dress code and special dress days as deemed by the principal. General appearance of students should be reasonable and not distracting to others. Students are expected and required to show proper attention to personal cleanliness, neatness, and conservative standards of dress and appearance. When questionable the school principal will make the final determination of whether a student’s attire or appearance is in conflict with the system policy. Students will observe the following dress code:
1. Hair should be fixed in an appropriate and acceptable manner. This also means no hats, caps, sun visors, combs, scarves, rollers or bandannas. No dying hair in an extreme color, such as blue, pink, green, etc. Hair must be a natural shade or tone. Sunglasses may not be worn inside.
2. Undergarments should not be visible to others. No see-through garments, sheer see-through, or mesh see-through garments. Proper and acceptable undergarments will be worn at all times.
3. Shirts may be unbuttoned three buttons down for polo shirts and only two buttons down for all other shirts. No skin may be shown between the button line and the belt line. No midriff type clothing is allowed.
4. Clothing such as belts, flaps, etc., must be buttoned or buckled. No chained wallets.
5. Dresses, skirts, shorts, skorts, jumpers, and other similar garments shall be no shorter than the fingertips when arms are extended.
6. Students are required to wear safe and appropriate shoes at all times. Shoes must be predominately white, grey, black, brown, navy, or tan. All shoes must have an enclosed toe. Shoes without backs must have a strap across the heel. No sandals, slides, clogs, flip flop, cleats or heelies are allowed. Socks, tights, or hose must be solid black, brown, navy, gold, green, tan or white.
7. Tank shirts, spaghetti strap tops and halter tops are not to be worn. Cleavage must not show - no low cut clothing.
8. No clothing, tattoos, or jewelry bearing advertisements of alcohol or tobacco products or offensive, obscene, or vulgar language will be allowed. The Dublin City Schools Board of Education interprets this to include references of a sexual nature, either symbolic or implied, such as "Big Johnson" tee shirts; references to contraception, and insufficiently attired caricatures of individuals. Any clothing, jewelry, hair, make-up, fingernails, or any other item which causes a disruption of the school environment may be banned at the discretion of the principal.
9. All shirts, tops must be tucked in for males and females. Any shirt or top that cannot be tucked in and remain tucked in cannot be worn. Trench coats are not allowable. Hoods are allowed on jackets and sweatshirts (which must be the correct color), but hoods are not allowed to be worn on a student’s head while inside the building. Jackets must, also, be left open (unbuttoned and unzipped) while in the building.
10. Pants legs must not drag the floor. Students are expected to wear clothing in a normal fashion. For example, shorts/pants must be worn with the waistband around the waist.
11. No visible body piercing except ears (limit to three per ear in the lobe area). Students are not permitted to wear mouth grills and fronts.
12. No torn, ripped, cut or cut-off clothing of any fashion will be allowed.
13. The principal shall have the authority to make case by case determinations for the appropriateness of dress which is not covered in this policy.
Girls Basic Uniform: The basic uniform clothing for girls in kindergarten through eighth grade shall consist of a long or short-sleeved green, gold, white, navy, or black collared, polo style shirt or button-down oxford style shirt with solid khaki, navy, or black skirts, shorts, slacks, Capri pants, skorts, or jumpers. The skirts, shorts, slacks, Capri pants, skorts, or jumpers should be made of standard twill, cotton, or polyester uniform material and must be no shorter than the fingertips of the fully extended arm.
Boys Basic Uniform: The basic uniform clothing for boys in kindergarten through eighth grade shall consist of a long or short-sleeved green, gold, white, navy, or black collared polo style shirt or button-down oxford style shirt with solid khaki, navy or black shorts or slacks. The shorts or slacks should be made of standard twill, polyester, or cotton uniform material and the shorts must be no shorter than the fingertips of the fully extended arm.
Bottoms: Solid khaki, navy, or black pants/slacks, shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers, or Capri pants (NO knit pants, leggings, jogging or cargo pants or shorts, no zippers, pockets, or other ornamentation on pant legs or skirts or any other part of the uniform.) Uniforms must be worn and belted at the natural waist, made of standard uniform material (cotton, polyester and /or twill) and pants legs must not drag the floor. No denim jeans, skirts, shorts, etc. Shorts, skorts, skirts, and jumpers must be no shorter than the fingertips of the fully extended arm. Bottoms having any type of Dublin City School’s insignia are allowed. Bottoms with manufacturer’s logos or insignias are allowed, but the logo or insignia must not be larger than 1 ½ inches in height and 1 ½ inches in width.
Tops: Must be a solid green, gold, white, navy, or black long or short sleeve, collared, polo style or button-down oxford style shirt. Students may also wear a turtle neck, a pull-over crew neck sweatshirt (withNO hood), or a sweater as their uniform shirt, as long as they are solid green, gold, or white. If the sweatshirt is worn next to the body as the uniform shirt, it cannot have a hood and must be green, gold, white, or gray. Shirts having any type of Dublin City School’s insignia are allowed. Shirt/tops with manufacturer’s logos or insignias are allowed, but the logo or insignia must not be larger than 1 ½ inches in height and 1 ½ inches in width. All shirts must be tucked for males and females.
Shoes: May be predominately white, gray, black, brown, navy or tan. All shoes must have an enclosed toe. Shoes without backs must have a strap across the heel. No sandals, slides, clogs, flip flop, cleats or heelies are allowed.
IF socks, tights, or hose are worn they must be solid black, brown, navy, gold, green, tan or white. No hats, hoods, caps or sunglasses may be worn in the building.
The Uniform Policy shall not prohibit students from wearing coats, jackets and sweaters when necessary due to weather conditions. Trench coats and dusters are not permitted.
JACKETS: The following guidelines must be followed regarding jackets:
- No restrictions on color
- Cannot bear inappropriate messages
- Cannot be a Trench coat or duster
- May have a hood but the hood cannot be worn inside the building.
- Must be worn open (unbuttoned) while in the building
- Must be deemed appropriate by the principal
Wraps to be worn INSIDE THE BUILDING –If a student needs to wear a jacket, wind shirt, sweatshirt or sweater inside the building/classroom, it must be worn over the uniform polo.
Articles of clothing that may be worn over the uniform shirts include:
- sleeveless, long or short sleeve pullover V-neck or crew neck sweaters
- Cardigan sweaters
- wind shirts
- V-neck or cardigan sweatshirts
- fleece sweatshirts.
The collar of the polo is to be worn out of the extra garment. If a spirit shirt, sweatshirt or turtleneck is worn it must show at the neck of the outer garment.
Wind shirts, sweaters, sweater vests, sweatshirts, or fleeces designed to be worn inside the building must be solid green, gold, white, gray, black or navy. These must be worn over the uniform shirt.
Garments having any type of Dublin City School’s insignia are allowed. Garments with manufacturer’s logos or insignias are allowed, but the logo or insignia must not be larger than 1 ½ inches in height and 1 ½ inches in width. Prints, plaids, camouflage and other patterns or designs are not acceptable. Garments that can be worn under the uniform polo, the school spirit shirt or crew neck sweatshirt are:
- solid white undershirt
- solid green, gold or white turtle neck
The above garments must be tucked in also.
Extreme hair color/style that causes a disruption, or interferes with the learning environment will not be allowed.
*** Uniforms should be in the correct size to avoid sagging. ***
In addition to the shirts described above, each school may include in its uniform dress code the option of allowing students to intermittently wear the school sponsored T-shirts or Dublin Irish Spirit wear (which may have a crew neck rather than a collar.) This will be at the Principal’s discretion.
BELTS: must be predominately black, brown, navy, clear, green, gold, or white and worn inside the belt loops. Belt buckles should be plain. They should not have oversized, ornate buckles or buckles that bear offensive messages.
This uniform policy prohibits students from wearing or displaying expressive items on the uniform that may contribute to disruption by substantially interfering with discipline or with the rights of others. It also prohibits items that undermine the integrity of the uniform, notwithstanding their expressive nature, such as a sweatshirt or other over-shirt that bears a message and covers or replaces the type of shirt required by the uniform policy.
Each school may have special dress days as deemed appropriate by the principal. Acceptable dress for these special days will be consistent with the dress code as published in this policy and in the Dublin City Schools Student and Parent Handbook.
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The correction plan below has been established to address incidents of noncompliance to the Uniform Policy.
Student is referred to Counselor or other appointed staff member who will provide a uniform for the student based on availability. The uniform will be returned at the end of the school day. The counselor/staff member sends home a letter from the administration.
In addition to the same action as taken for incident #1, the office will make a phone call to the parent.
Same as incident #1 and a conference will take place with parent, teacher, and administrator to address the problem and develop a solution.
Violation will be addressed in accordance with the Code of Conduct, which provides for various consequences depending on a student's discipline record and the severity of the offense.
No student will be considered non-compliant with the uniform policy under the following conditions:
1. During the first 2 weeks after a student transfers from another system.
2. When a student is on campus outside of school hours.
3. When the principal authorizes dress down days or gives special permission.
4. When instructors/advisors have obtained permission through the principal
and require students to dress in uniforms such as band, ROTC, sports
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PROCEDURES FOR EXEMPTIONS and/or HARDSHIPS
Parents or guardians may make a request for a student to be exempt from the mandatory school uniform program for medical, religious, or other justifiable reasons. A request for an exemption must be made prior to attending school. (Note: The term, “operational days,” is defined as days that schools are in session.) Medical exemption requests must be signed by a medical doctor.
1. A written request for an exemption must be submitted to the school principal. A medical exemption request must be written and signed by the treating physician.
2. The school principal or his/her designee must meet with the parents or guardians within five operational days. The principal will discuss the school uniform policy and verify the accuracy of information of the written exemption request.
3. The parents or guardians will be notified in writing within three operational days of the outcome of the conference. The principal will note the finding to grant or deny the request of the application, sign off on the request and forward a copy to the superintendent or his/her designee.
4. The superintendent or his/her designee will affirm or deny the principal’s decision. If the parent or guardian does not agree with the decision, they have the right to appeal to the Board of Education within five operational days.
5. Consideration for an exemption will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Families for whom the uniform policy will create a financial hardship will contact the school counselor for information/assistance in obtaining uniform dress elements.
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