School Uniform Policy
Per ACPS policy, students may:
- Display religious messages on items of clothing to the same extent they are permitted to display other messages
- Wear attire that is part of a student's religious practice
- Wear or display expressive items, such as a button, as long as such items do not contribute to disruption by substantially interfering with discipline or with the rights of others
- Wear the uniform of nationally recognized youth organizations, such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, on regular meeting days
No student shall be denied attendance at school, penalized, or otherwise subject to compliance measures for failing to wear a uniform by reason of:
- Personal choice
- Insufficient time in which to procure uniforms to comply with this policy
- Financial hardship
- Written objection by the student's parents on religious grounds to the student's compliance with this policy or the applicable uniform.
No student shall be suspended or expelled from school, or receive a lowered academic grade, as a result of not complying with this policy.
School uniform policies can promote school safety, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment. The potential benefits of school uniforms include:
- Instilling students with discipline
- Helping parents and students resist peer pressure
- Helping students concentrate on their school work; and
- Helping school officials recognize intruders who come to the school
The following is suggested for all students, however our middle grades students (6th-8th) are not expected to follow the dress code. Given their maturity and identity as middle grades students, they are held to a different standard than their younger peers.
All bottoms must be tan or khaki in color and must be worn with a belt at the waist, unless they have an elastic waist. Absolutely NO cargo pants, capris, hip huggers, jeans, leggings, sweat suit pants, pajamas, logos, insignias, pictures or messages. No oversized clothing is allowed.
- PANTS - Hemmed pants must be worn at or below the ankle.
- SHORTS - Must be worn at knee level.
- SKIRTS, JUMPERS OR SKORTS - Must be knee level or longer. Polo must be worn under the jumper.
- TIGHTS - Can be worn.
Tops, including dresses
All tops must be burgundy or black, plain collared, polo shirt, long or short sleeve. NO logos, insignias, pictures or messages are allowed. No oversized clothing is allowed.
- SWEATERS - Must be burgundy or black in color. No hoods, sweatshirts, pullovers, or jackets with hoods can be worn inside the school.
Shoes/sneakers must fit securely on the foot. Shoes with open toes or backless shoes (including flip flops, crocs, mules, and slides) are not allowed. Flats can be worn as well. NO heelies or rollers.
Caps, hats, scarves, doo-rags, and berets are not allowed. Students may wear attire that is part of their religious practice.
Parents/Guardians are free to select uniform-colored items from any vendor, as long as they meet the above-listed uniform criteria. Uniform colors are available at Wal-Mart, JC Penny, The Children's Place, Land's End and French Toast (please check in-store, as well as, on the internet).