School Uniform amp Dress Policy

School Uniform & Dress Policy

School Uniform and District Dress Policy

Montvue Elementary School implements a School Uniform Policy that consists of light blue polo shirts and navy blue pants/shorts/skirts. However, every Wednesday is a School Pride Day and is designated “Montvue Blue Day”; students are encouraged to wear a Montvue shirt (see office for purchasing details). In addition, every Friday is a College and Career Day and is designated “College Friday”; students are encouraged to wear shirts from their favorite college, university, or trade school. Parents, students, and staff support a School Uniform Policy for a variety of reasons:

  1. Creates a Sense of Community- Uniforms build a sense of teamwork and togetherness throughout our student body and faculty.
  2. Builds School Spirit- Wearing uniforms everyday builds pride in our school.
  3. Creates a More Work-Like Atmosphere- Uniforms signal to students that it is time for school and to focus on learning.
  4. Improves School Safety- Uniforms distinguish Montvue students from non- Montvue students helping to ensure that children are easily identified at school and at other school functions (i.e., fieldtrips, fundraisers, etc.).
  5. Helps Reduce Peer Pressure- Uniforms reduce the need of students having to worry about impressing others.
  6. Breaks Down Socio-Economic Barriers- With uniforms, all students dress the same, regardless of household income.
  7. Saves Money- Uniforms cost much less than typical fashion clothing.
  8. Changes the Brand or Image of a School- Uniforms change the way our school and its students are perceived creating a “private school” feel.
  9. Provides a Great Fundraiser for the School- Uniform sales at school allow us to raise additional monies to support our school programs.
  10. Makes School Dress Easier for Everyone! Uniforms make it easier for school staff to monitor dress code. Uniforms make it easier for parents when they no longer have to argue with their children about what to wear. Uniforms make it easier for students to select their own clothing, which in turn develops independence and selfconfidence.

The success of our School Uniform Policy depends heavily on you—the parent/guardian. We hope that you will encourage your child to comply with our School Uniform Policy and that you will support our efforts and assist us in making a School Uniform Policy at Montvue a great success!

Parents/guardians have the opportunity to “opt out” of the School Uniform Policy should they so desire. Applications for Exemption from the Student Uniform Requirement are available in the front office upon request. Parents/guardians who choose not to have their child comply with our School Uniform Policy must still adhere to our District-wide Dress Code Policy (BP and AR 5132: Student Dress, Grooming and Appearance):

  • No gang-related jewelry, insignia, colors, paraphernalia, materials, apparel, clothing or attire may be worn or carried on campus or at school activities. Also prohibited are notebooks, manner of grooming, or gestures that, by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or graffiti or any other attribute, denotes membership in such a gang or group.
  • No gang-related hats or other gang-related attire will be worn on campus or at school activities.
  • Clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia, material, or manner of grooming, which is obscene, sexually explicit, or which depicts or suggests sexually-related or obscene gestures, pictures, or wording, or which promotes violence, the use/abuse of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol, may not be worn or carried on campus or at school activities.
  • Clothes shall conceal underwear at all times. See-through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, spaghetti straps, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.
  • No student may wear articles or clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia or accessories that pose a threat to the physical and/or emotional well being and safety of the student or others on campus or at school activities.
  • Clothing or articles of clothing (including, but not limited to gloves, bandannas, shoestrings, wristbands, jewelry) which are likely to provoke others to acts of violence or which are likely to cause others to be intimidated by fear of violence may not be worn on campus or at any school activity.  In addition, students should comply with the following dress and appearance standards:
  • Shoes must be sturdy for the playground and for physical education instruction at all times. Sandals and open-toed shoes are prohibited. Shoestrings must be tied at all times.
  • Makeup and dangling or excessive jewelry are prohibited. Earrings or hoops larger than a dime are prohibited. Earplugs are prohibited.
  • Hats, hoods, and headgear are prohibited except on designated days such as “Hat Day” or for recognized religious practices. With appropriate medical documentation, students are allowed to wear head coverings for purposes of sun protection. Such sun protection can take the form of straw hats, umbrellas, etc.
  • Hair dye is not encouraged for our elementary-age students except temporary dye on designated days such as “Crazy Hair Day” or “Crazy Montvue Blue Day”.