School Board Approves Uniform Policy

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At the April 4th school board meeting, the Effingham County School Board voted to approve a new policy that will require students in grades K-12 to wear board approved school uniforms. The policy also allows for a school designed t-shirt and for an occasional “dress-down day” with the principal’s approval. Acceptable dress for dress down days will be consistent with the dress code as published in the current Effingham County Student and Parent Handbook. The new uniform dress policy will be published in the 2007-08 Student and Parent Handbook and will be available soon in the online policy manual.
 
Essential requirements for school uniforms:

Girls Basic Uniform: The basic uniform clothing for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade shall consist of a long or short-sleeved white (or other color designated by the school) collared, 3 button polo shirt with khaki, navy or black skirt, shorts, slacks, capri pants, skorts, or jumper. The skirts, shorts, slacks, capri pants, skorts, or jumper should be made of standard twill, cotton, or polyester uniform material.

Boys Basic Uniform: The basic uniform clothing for boys in kindergarten through twelfth grade shall consist of a long or short sleeved white (or other color designated by the school) collared, 3 button polo shirt with khaki, navy or black shorts or slacks. The shorts or slacks should be made of standard twill, polyester, or cotton uniform material.

 

Specific Requirements for all schools

  • 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 more than 4 inches above the bend in the back of the knee. Belts should be plain style buckle belts.
  • Tops must be solid white (accepted at all schools) or the color selected by the school’s uniform committee. Tops must be polo style long or short sleeve, collared, 3 button shirts. Shirts may have the school insignia if one is chosen. The school insignia is not a requirement but no other ornamentation or insignia is permitted. Shirts must be tucked.
  • Shoes must have enclosed toes.
  • Socks or tights should be solid white, navy or black.
  • Uniform sweatshirts in solid white, ash, or the color for each school may be worn. They can bear no message other than the school insignia. (No hooded sweatshirts.)
  • No hats, caps or sunglasses may be worn in the building.
  • The Uniform dress code shall not prohibit students from wearing coats, jackets and sweaters when necessary due to weather conditions and in the building when appropriate. The uniform sweatshirt is a good alternative. Trench coats and dusters are not permitted.
  • Extreme hair color/style that causes a disruption, or interferes with the learning environment will not be allowed.
Additional Considerations

  • Uniforms should be in the correct size to avoid sagging.
  • In addition to the selected school uniform colors, a universal uniform consisting of a white 3 button polo shirt and khaki, black, or navy colored bottoms (pants, capri pants, shorts, skirt, skorts, or jumper that adhere to the proper length as described in the schools uniform policy) will be acceptable at all schools in the district.
  • In addition to the shirts described above, each school may include in its uniform dress code the option of allowing students to wear the school sponsored T shirt of the current year (which may have a crew neck rather than a collar.)
  • 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/or covers or replaces the type of shirt required by the uniform policy.
  • On special occasions schools will be allowed to have dress down days. The principal at each school will determine the dress down days for that site. Acceptable dress for dress down days will be consistent with the dress code as published in the Effingham County Student and Parent Handbook.
  • Schools should strive for full compliance using positive reinforcement. Corrective action should only be used when all positive measures have been exhausted.
Compliance

The correction plan below has been established to address incidents of noncompliance to the Uniform Policy.

Incident # 1:
Student is referred to nurse 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 nurse/staff member sends home a letter from the administration.
 
Incident # 2:
In addition to the same action as taken for incident # 1, the office will make a phone call to the parent.
 
Incident # 3:
Same as incident # 1 and a conference will take place with parent, teacher, and administrator to address the problem and develop a solution.
 
Incident # 4:

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:

 

  • During the first 3 weeks after a student transfers from another system or school within the system
  • When a student is on campus outside of school hours
  • When the principal authorizes dress down days or gives special permission (At these times conditions stated in the student dress code must be met)
  • When instructors/advisors have obtained permission through the principal and require students to dress in uniforms such as band, ROTC, sports teams, etc.