The Springfield Public Schools Department of Education mandated school uniform policy this year will be as follows.
SHIRTS- Royal Blue Polos (No Logos) or sweatshirts without hoodies.
PANTS/SKIRTS- Khaki, Beige or Black (Denim fabric is OK as long as it's in the colors required)
NO SLIDES (For safety reasons) -CROCS ONLY
NO NON UNIFORM HOODIES
NO RIPPED PANTS/DENIM
NO DURAGS OR BANDANAS
PANTS – Black or Tan - Pants must be worn with belts at the waist and belts must be through the loops. NO studded belts or large belt buckles. Pants can be cotton, cotton blend or corduroy. Absolutely NO cargo pants, jeans, sweat suit pants, pajamas, logos, insignias, pictures, or messages.
SKIRTS, JUMPERS OR SKORTS – Black or Tan; can be cotton, cotton blend or corduroy; must be knee level or longer. Blouse or polo must be worn under the jumper. Absolutely NO hip huggers, cargo pants, baggies, logos, insignias, pictures, or messages. SHORTS – Black or Tan knee length. Shorts must be worn with a belt at the waist and must be through the loops. NO studded belts or large belt buckles. Shorts can be cotton, cotton blend or corduroy. Absolutely NO cargo pants, jeans, sweat suit pants, pajamas, logos, insignias, pictures, or messages.
SHIRTS – Plain Royal Blue collared, polo shirt, dress shirt, long or short sleeve. Shirts must be tucked into the pants. Absolutely NO logos, insignias, pictures, or messages.
SWEATSHIRT & SWEATERS CAN BE PULLOVER OR ZIPPERED – Royal Blue ONLY. NO logos, insignias, pictures, or messages.
NO COATS, JACKETS, HOODED SWEATSHIRTS, DURAGS, CAPS OR HATS ARE TO BE WORN DURING SCHOOL.
SHOES OR SNEAKERS - Closed Shoes/sneakers must fit securely on the foot. Shoes with open toes, or backless shoes, (including flip flops, sandals, mules, and slides) will not be allowed.
ENFORCEMENT: The school will strive to achieve full compliance through the use of positive reinforcement measures and will resort to disciplinary action only when positive measures and supports fail to assure compliance. No student will be considered non-compliant with the uniform policy in the following instances: • When the student wears the dress of a nationally recognized youth organization or activity, such as Boy/Girl Scouts, on regular meeting days. • When the student’s parent or guardian has secured an exemption from the school policy for religious or health considerations. A student may wear religious attire • When a student is on school grounds outside of normal school hours, appropriate attire is required • When a field trip or school event may require specialized clothing, appropriate attire is required. • Gym attire must reflect the basic colors in the dress policy. Allowances will be made for sweatpants and sweatshirts (for gym only).
NOT IN COMPLIANCE FIRST OCCURRENCE – The school will contact the parent/guardian to restate our policy and the student will change into appropriate clothing.
SECOND OCCURRENCE – Parent or Guardian will bring in appropriate clothing for the student to attend class. Student will receive detention (lunch, before/after school).
THIRD OCCURRENCE – Parent or Guardian will bring in appropriate clothing to school. Student will be given in-house suspension
FOURTH OCCURRENCE – This is considered defiance and Code of Conduct will be applied
RATIONALE: School uniform policies can promote school safety, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment. The potential benefits of school uniforms include: • Decreasing violence and theft – even life-threatening situations – among students over designer clothing or expensive sneakers • Helping prevent gang members from wearing gang colors and insignia at school • Instilling students with discipline.