GARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. DRESSED TO LEARN June 7, 2012. Why Uniforms?. Safe, secure, and focused learning environment. Sense of school identity and an atmosphere of belonging. Increases school spirit, respect, and good citizenship. Peer pressure and jealousy over clothing will decrease.
GARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DRESSED TO LEARN June 7, 2012
Why Uniforms? • Safe, secure, and focused learning environment. • Sense of school identity and an atmosphere of belonging. • Increases school spirit, respect, and good citizenship. • Peer pressure and jealousy over clothing will decrease. • Encourages individual self-expression in creative ways other than through clothes - via arts, music, sports, personality, and academic achievement
Why Uniforms? (cont.) • Mornings become easier for parents - promotes efficiency, organization, and neatness. • Provides a significant financial savings for families as compared to the prices of trendy, name brand clothing.
Uniform Options • A polo shirt (long or short-sleeve) each day in one of the following colors: hunter green, pale yellow, or white. • Khaki or navy pants, jumpers, shorts or skirts for girls (No capri, cargo, or jean pants); Khaki or navy pants or shorts for boys.
Uniform Options • Sneakers are preferred footwear, but are required for Physical Education days. • Navy sweatpants with no writing and a plain shirtin hunter green, pale yellow, or white, will be worn on Physical Education days only. • A sweater in hunter green, pale yellow, or white may be worn during the cold weather. • Additional Garfield School Apparel such as sweatshirts, sweatpants and t-shirts with the school logo will be available to order.
Purchasing Information • Uniforms can be purchased from the following stores: • Wal-Mart • Target • JC Penny • K-Mart • Kohl’s • Sears • Old Navy • Burlington Coat Factory • Children’s Place • Sparks (Malden) Prices vary between stores; however, Wal-Mart seems to be priced the most reasonably: Tops- $24.00 for a 4 pack of polo shirts Bottoms- $28.00 for a 2 pack of pants
Enforcement • The first day of school in Fall 2012, students mustbe dressed in their complete uniform. • Positive reinforcement to ensure compliance. • Disciplinary actions will only be taken when positive measures and support fail to assure compliance. • No student will be considered non-compliant for religious, cultural, or health reasons.
Non-Compliance • First occurrence - a call will be made to parent/guardian to bring in clothes. A letter will be sent reinforcing the uniform policy. • Second occurrence – a call home for clothes with a reminder that student must adhere to policy. • Third occurrence – If non-compliance is deemed to be purposeful and/or defiant, parent will be notified and student will receive detention.