DRESS CODE AND SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY

INTRODUCTION
Polo The Waite Middle School community views school dress as an integral part of the educational process. Standards for dress are essential towards preparing a student for real – world experiences. Just as employers and companies have dress standards, the school must also establish a standard of dress which properly prepares students for business and work. Students shall wear a uniform, which consists of a white, grey or navy blue shirt with a collar, and navy blue bottoms (dark navy blue jeans are acceptable). Undershirts must follow the same guidelines as the collared shirt. No more than 1” longer than the shirt. School dress must be neat and must display a positive self – image. Student dress must not detract from the learning process, must not endanger the student’s safety, must show proper attention to modesty, and must depict a student serious about learning.

*The Waite Middle School Dress Code may be modified as needed. Parents will be notified when any changes occur.
*There will be a few special “Free-dress” days, days where uniforms will not be worn, throughout the school year. Parents will be notified of these special days.
Mandatory School Uniform Policy:
The Board of Education supports mandatory school uniforms. Our school uniform is:
-White, grey, or navy Blue Polo Shirt. Preferred school logo on chest
-Navy blue pants or jeans (Navy blue shorts, skirts and skorts are optional)

I.SHIRTS/BLOUSES:
Students may wear white, grey or navy blue shirts (collared no logos, except Waite logo) and school issued spirit shirts (on designated days). All tops, shirts and blouses must be hemmed and properly buttoned. All jackets and tshirt sweatshirts must also be white, grey or navy blue with minimal graphics on them. No sports team jackets. On rainy or cold days the jackets will not be scrutinized.
On all other days jackets should follow dress code.
Not allowed are:
Plain white or black t-shirts, tank tops, extra long T –shirts (longer than 1” than the shirt, spaghetti straps, strapless, backless, or halter tops, low necklines, bare midriffs, tube tops, fish net or ventilated type fabrics, camp shirts (Ben Davis), the “baggy” look and the “torn / tattered” look. Undergarments are not to be visible at any time.

II. PANTS, SHORTS, SKIRTS, DRESSES
Navy blue pants or jeans, shorts, skirts or skorts are to be worn of proper length and hemmed (no cutoffs or saggy pants/shorts) Shorts should end at or above the knee, no shorter than mid thigh.
Not allowed are:
Baggy pants or shorts (more than 1 size larger than actual size and/or 4” excess fabric when measured at knee and skirts and shorts shorter than mid thigh.)

Pants III.SOCKS, SHOES, BOOTS
Protective footwear must be worn on campus at all times. Open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops are not permitted. Shoes must be securely fastened with heel and side supports.
Not allowed are:
Flip-flops, beach wear, steel-toed shoes, white knee-high socks worn with long, knee length shorts, clogs, mules or platform heels (higher than 2 ½”).

IV.Hats, Caps, Bandanas
No hats, beanies or headgear are to be brought to school. (Except for school issued hats.) Appropriate Hats and caps are accepted on rainy days.

V.GRAPHICS, PRINTS, SIGNS AND SYMBOLS
Clothing that promotes racism, sexism, ethnic or religious bigotry; drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, tagging, graffiti, or other illegal activities are not allowed. No visible tattoos or body graffiti, whether permanent or temporary are allowed. Combinations of clothing which the school district or school community currently considers gang related is not allowed. The administration reserves the right to adjust.
Not allowed are:
Clothing with offensive or obscene graphics, no gang related logos (i.e., Raiders, Kings, etc.), Sports Team jerseys or shirts, gangster or rapper graphics.

VI.BELTS
Belts must be properly threaded inside the belt loops.
Not allowed are:
Military belt buckles with initials, hanging belts, motorcycles chains, choke chains, studded belts, wallet chains and suspenders.

VII.MAKEUP
Very light makeup that enhances a positive self-image is permissible. Excessive makeup or extreme lipstick colors are not allowed. Makeup may only be applied in the restrooms, not on the playground or during class. Nail polish may be worn, but not brought to school.

VIII.HAIR
Hair should be neat and clean at all times. No hair spray or other styling products may be brought to school.
Not allowed are:
Distracting styles and color, shaved/lined designs.

IX.JEWELRY
Jewelry should complement a student’s appearance and should not be distractive or unsafe.
Not allowed are:
Safety pins worn as jewelry, large hoop or extended length earrings, spiked jewelry, heavy rings and brass knuckles, sun glasses (unless medically prescribed). (Jewelry that promotes racism, sexism, ethnic or religious bigotry, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, graffiti or other illegal activities.)

**If any items are confiscated, they will be returned to the student on the first offense. On second and recurring offenses, item will be returned to the parent only.

DRESS CODE VIOLATION CONSEQUENCES:
1. First violation: Warning - Student changes into uniform loaners.
Clothing returned at the end of the day. Parent Contacted.

2. Second violation Parent notified by phone or letter to pick up inappropriate item and student must change into loaner uniform.

3.Third violation: Conference with Assistant Principal, snack and or lunch detention, parent contacted to pick up inappropriate item and student must change into uniform loaner.

4.Fourth violation: Conference with Principal, parent conference, Saturday School and student must change.