Dress Code

A safe and disciplined learning environment is the first requirement of a good school. Young people who are safe and secure and learn basic American values and the essentials of good citizenship are better students. In response to the growing levels of violence in schools, the Structured Day School staff recognizes the need for school uniforms as one positive and creative way to reduce discipline problems and increase school safety and student achievement.

A school uniform policy can promote school safety, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment. The potential benefits of school uniforms include:

1.Decrease in violence and theft among students over designer clothing

2.Help prevent gang members from wearing gang colors and insignia

3.Help students and parents with peer pressure

4.Help students concentrate on their school work

5.Help school officials recognize intruders who come to school

It is with these things in mind that we will adhere to the following dress code:

Students shall wear appropriate clothing and are encouraged to dress appropriately for the season. The following are examples of clothing not acceptable (this is not an all-inclusive list):

1.Hats shall not be worn or brought to school

2.*Steel toe boots or shoes

3.Unhemmed sleeveless shirts or tattered dirty clothing

4.Extremely tight fitting clothing

5.Pants hanging below the waist

6.*Combs, picks or rollers in the hair

7.Coats worn in the building

8.*Doo rags and/or head scarves

*may be considered contraband

Tops: Navy blue (polo style—three button) collared shirts with sleeves; no see-through; no writing, drawing, designs, or logos; must be long enough to be tucked in at all times. No tee shirts. Jackets and sweaters worn must be solid color navy blue, brown, gray, or white with no writing, drawings, designs, or logos and cannot be worn within the building. No hoodies shall be worn. Students shall be allowed to wear a long sleeve t-shirt underneath the navy blue collared shirt. The shirt shall be solid colored (navy, black, white, gray, or brown) with no writing or designs. Any color other than those noted shall be considered an infraction.

Bottoms: Long or short khaki pants or skirts that are knee length or below; worn at the waist; no sagging, no ornamentation, writing, drawing, designs, or logos; a belt must be worn at all times. Belt must be a neutral color with no writing or logos on the belt or buckle of the belt. No shorts shall be worn underneath the khaki pants.

Footwear: Black, navy, white, gray, or brown shoes must be worn at all times; only black, navy, white, gray or brown shoes laces; laces must be tied at all times. No boots of any kind. Only athletic shoes (i.e., sneakers) with laces shall be worn.

All clothing must be worn as designed (i.e. no arms tucked inside of shirts).

Hair should not obstruct vision and should not be of extreme color. Picks, combs, brushers, rollers, banana clips, etc. are not allowed. No designs may be cut in the hair or eyebrows slashed.

No sunglasses, gloves, hats/caps, doo rags and or head scarves will be allowed.

Neither male nor female students shall be permitted to wear jewelry.

No temporary tattoos shall be permitted.

No finger nails longer than half an inch in length.