Student Dress Code

Union City Schools Student Standard Dress Code
Pre-K-12

*Items which are in bold and underlined reflect changes in the dresscode policy for 2008-009.

Union City Schools must be an environment in which work can be accomplished by adults and students.  Students’ dress will fall within thefollowing guidelines in order to create an orderly setting in which teachingand learning can occur without distraction. The school administrator will make the final decision about whether anarticle or style of dress falls outside these guidelines.

Shirts
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  • Solid color, witha collar and sleeves (polo shirt is an example, but not the only alternative) will be allowed. Shirts should be designed to be buttoned to the neck. Only the top button may remain unfastened.  Turtle-neck or mock turtle-neck shirts cannot be worn alone but may be worn as an undergarment.
  • Shirts should be tucked in at all times.
  • Shirts should besized to fit, neither skintight nor oversized.
  • Shirts shouldhave no design or printing other than a small designer or school logo that can be covered with a 3 ½”” x 2” business card (The logo of UC Schools is exempted from this size requirement).
  • Shirts should have no holes or tears.

Pants:

            Pre-K-2

  • Pants should be sizedto fit, neither skintight, oversized, sagging, nor dragging the ground or floor.
  • Pants should have no embroidery, sequins, beads, appliqués, patches, or other decorations.
  • Pants should have no holes, tears, or shredded hemlines.
  • Pants should be a solid color (khaki, navy, brown, black, olive, or blue or black denim).
  • Shorts of the above listed colors that touch the top of the knees when standing are allowed.
  • Capris are acceptable in the above listed solid colors.
  • No sweatpants, wind pants, or pajama pants are allowed.

    Grades 3-5
  • Pants should be sized to fit, neither skintight, oversized, sagging, nor dragging the ground or floor.
  • Pants should have no embroidery, sequins, beads,appliqués, patches, or other decorations.
  • Pants should have no holes, tears, or shredded hemlines.
  • Pants should be a solid color (khaki, navy, brown, black, olive, or blue or black denim).
  • Shorts of the above listed colors that touch the top of the knees when standing are allowed.
  • Capris are acceptable in the above listed solid colors.
  • No sweatpants, wind pants, or pajama pants are allowed.
  • Belts must be worn with pants in grades 3-5.  Belts do not have to be a solid color.

Grades 6-12

  • Pants should be sized to fit, neither skintight, oversized, sagging, nor dragging the ground or floor.
  • Pants should have no embroidery, sequins, beads,appliqués, patches, or other decorations.
  • Pants should be a solid color (khaki, navy, brown, black, olive, or blue or black denim).
  • Shorts of the above listed colors that touch the top of the knees when standing are allowed.
  • Capris are acceptable in the above listed solid colors.
  • No sweatpants, wind pants, or pajama pants are allowed.
  • Pants should have no holes, tears, or shredded hemlines.
  • Belts must be worn on pants with belt loops in grades6-12.

Skirts, Dresses, Jumpers:

  • Dresses must conform to the shirt standards and be solid color, with collar and sleeves.
  • Skirts or skorts must be solid color (khaki, navy, brown, olive, or black). Hemlines must at least touch the top of the knee when standing.
  • Leggings/tights will be allowed, but the skirt which is worn over the leggings must at least touch the top of the knee when standing.

Outer Garments:

  • UC “Spirit Wear” sweatshirts, without hoods, are allowed.  They are not required to be tucked in, but must be no longer than hip level.  A solid-colored collared-shirt orsolid-colored turtleneck must be worn under the sweatshirt. 
  • Solid colored sweaters, with no offensive writing or symbols may be worn and do not have to be tucked in to waist band. A sweater is not a long sleeved t-shirt or flannelshirt.  Fleece is not considered sweater material.

Shoes:

  • For safety reasons, shoes must be laced, tied, strapped, or hooked, if intended. Sandals, loafers, and boots are permitted. House shoes are not permitted.
  • For safety reasons, heel height is limited to 1 ½” in grades K-5.
  • Socks do not have to be a solid color.

Spirit Wear”:

  • The building principal may designate days as “School Spirit Days.”  During these days, allowances for standard dress may be amended.  However, the guidelines regarding neatness, safety and modes of apparel will be adhered to on these days.  In grades K-5, cheerleading uniforms with matching trunks will be allowed.

The following clothing items are considered to be inappropriate:

  • Clothing with low-cut neckline or clothing that exposes midriffs or backs cannot be worn in the school building.
  • See-through clothing cannot be worn in the school building.
  • Sleepwear cannot be worn in the school building.
  • Coats, jackets, hooded clothing, shawls, ponchos, and raincoats cannot be worn inside the school building.
  • Hats, bandanas, headscarves, sweatbands, stocking caps, hair racks/combs, hair rollers, rakes,“do-rags,” grills, sunglasses, and other distracting apparel cannot be worn in the school building.

While not consideredstudent dress, the following can cause distraction to the normal educationalprocess and will not be allowed:

  • Body piercing, except for traditional pierced earlobes for ornamental earrings, will not be allowed.
  • Hair cuts, hairstyles, or hair color that is non-traditional to the point of causing distractions are not allowed.
  • Fingernails that are excessively long are not allowed.

The principal or designee has the authority to determine if any attire is improper and interferes with the teaching-learning process or is prejudicial to good order at school.

A religious exemption can be based on the religion of the parent or the religion of the student, but the parent must apply for the exemption in either case.

A medical exemption can be based on the medical needs of the student, but the parent must apply for the exemption.

Compliance:

First violation

  • The school shall attempt to call the student’s parent or guardian to determine whether the student has standard clothing. If the student has standard clothing, the school should request that the parent bring the clothing to school. If the parent cannot be reached or cannot provide standard clothing, the student will be placed in in-school suspension for the remainder of the day. 

Second Violation

  • The student shall receive detention/in-school suspension, depending upon the severity of the infraction. 

Third Violation

  • The student shall receive in-school suspension.

Fourth and Subsequent Violation

  • The student shall receive out-of-school suspension.The parent must meet with the principal before the student will be given permission to re-enter.