School Uniform Policy and Regulations


The Ridley School District Board of Education adopted a mandatory school uniform policy for all students in grades kindergarten through eight. Students in grades nine through twelve must abide by a uniform standard of dress policy with the school uniform as the adopted “Spirit Colors.”

The district believes young people who are safe and secure, who learn basic American values, and the essentials of good citizenship, are better students. Many parents, teachers, and school officials have come to see school uniforms as one positive and creative way to reduce discipline problems, prevent future discipline problems from occurring, and increase school safety. It has been observed that the adoption of a mandatory school uniform policy can promote school safety, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment.

The Ridley Board of Education strongly believes that the following issues would support such a uniform policy:
  • Uniforms would create security through identification, enabling school officials to recognize intruders.
  • A more positive atmosphere conducive to education will be established.Uniforms would promote a statement of identity.
  • A sense of school unity will be created.
  • Students will be instilled with discipline.School spirit will be enhanced.
  • Uniforms will help assist families with the economic burden of clothing school age children since uniforms are less costly than most clothing.
Regulations

The actual school uniform for students in grades kindergarten through eight, will be as follows:

Male Students
Bottoms - Khaki or black pants or shorts of the appropriate size for the students. No baggy or cargo-type pants will be permitted.Tops - Hunter green or white polo type shirt either short or long sleeve. In cold weather, a hunter green or white cardigan sweater may also be worn. All shirts must be tucked in.Foot Apparel - Dress shoes or athletic shoes, will be permitted at the student’s option.

Female Students
Bottoms - Khaki or black pants, shorts, skirt, or skort of the appropriate size for the student. No baggy or cargo-type pants will be permitted.Tops - Hunter green or white polo type shirt either short or long sleeve. In cold weather, a hunter green or white cardigan sweater may also be worn. All shirts must be tucked in.Foot Apparel - Dress shoes or athletic shoes, shall be permitted at the student’s option.
The uniform standards of dress for students in grades nine through twelve shall comply with the styles indicated above. Students may choose alternate colors while attending the high school.

The Ridley School District Board of School Directors makes known the sanctions that will be rendered upon those students who refuse to conform to this policy requiring school uniforms. The sanctions are as follows:

1st Offense
Student referral to the Principal’s/Dean’s Office.Parents immediately notified of the problem.Conference held by Principal/Dean with Parent/Guardian.Student will be required to change into the uniform brought to school by the parent or provided by the principal.

2nd Offense
Repeat procedure as listed in 1st Offense.Student loses recess privilege for three days at the elementary level. Middle and high school students receive one school detention.

3rd Offense
Repeat procedure as listed in 1st Offense. Student loses recess privilege for five days at the elementary level. Middle and high school students receive three school detentions.

4th Offense
Repeat procedure as listed in 1st Offense.Student suspended from school for one day.

5th Offense
Repeat procedure as listed in 1st Offense.Student suspended from school for three days.


The district recognizes that certain parents who, for religious or other reasons, may choose to have their child not dress in the school uniform and will have the opportunity to meet with the school principal and discuss their concerns and provide specific reasons for their child not to participate, and sign a waiver allowing their child to opt out of the requirement to wear the school uniform, but adhere to a specific dress code as established by the principal.

Legislative authority to provide for a school uniform policy has been provided through Act 46 of 1998.

A special fund will be established to provide support for children from disadvantaged families to purchase school uniforms as determined by a family’s qualification for the free school lunch program. A used school uniform exchange program will be established in each elementary school.

Students are required to wear their school uniform on a field trip. Students may, if permitted by the teacher with administrative approval, wear a Ridley School District t-shirt and gym shorts instead of the required uniform on appropriate field trips. On the day of the field trip, the students shall dress in the clothing to be worn on the field trip, whether the clothing is the district uniform or the approved t-shirt and gym short.

The Ridley School District Board of School Directors formally adopted the aforementioned policy requiring all students in grades kindergarten through twelve to wear the prescribed school uniform. Furthermore, it is not the intention of this Board to infringe upon the rights of any individual, but rather to provide a safe environment for all students to receive the education they so rightfully deserve.

5010 School Uniform Policy-Student Dress Code
Adopted by the Ridley Board of School Directors on 6 July 1999
Revised by the Ridley Board of School Directors on 28 August 2006


BASIC INFORMATION

TOP:        COLOR                                   STYLE                    SPECIAL REMARKS
                 Solid dark green or white        collared shirt           No logos or insignia except shirts      
                 (NOT BLACK)                                                       displaying any Ridley Elementary
                                                                                                  School Name, Ridley, or Ridley logo
                                                                                                  are permitted

                                                                 golf/polo shirt          (Long or short sleeves)  .         
                                                                 dress shirt           
                                                                 mock turtleneck
                                                                 turtleneck
                                                                 blouse        

Shirts must be tucked in at all times.  In cold weather, green or white sweater/sweatshirt permitted
                                  
                       
BOTTOM:    COLOR                               STYLE                   SPECIAL REMARKS
                      Tan (khaki) or black            Shorts                     minimum 5” inseam 
                                                                                                  (over-sized or cargo type not permitted)
                                                                  Slacks                      tailored slacks of appropriate size/
                                                                                                  length
                                                                                                  (over-sized or cargo type pockets are
                                                                                                  not permitted, no designs or slits)
                                                                  Capris                     can not be spandex
                       
Skirt, Skort, Jumper    length -    2” above knee to 2” below knee - No slitted skirts
                            
ADDITIONAL APPAREL
   
Solid dark green, stone or white        Sweater            worn over collared shirt - collar must be visible        
    (NOT BLACK)                              Sweatshirt        no logo except for Ridley Logo or School Name
                                                           Sweater/Fleece vest    NO HOODED SWEATSHIRTS
                                                           Blazer            
                                                           Shoes                    Dress shoes or athletic shoes, no open-toed
                                                                                        shoes
                                                                                        Athletic shoes must be worn on gym days
    Tights/knee socks            Should coordinate with uniform colors - no patterns or stripes    


CLARIFICATIONS:

The following articles of clothing may NOT be worn during the school day:
    -Spandex or elastic shorts or pants worn as an outer garment        
    -Any coat or jacket intended to be an outer garment
    -Any article of clothing which allows any undergarments to be exposed
    -Hooded sweatshirts, head coverings (hats, scarves)
    -Pants with any wording across the backside

ELEMENTARY GYM DAYS - BOTTOMS -plain black, white, dark green, or stone colored sweat pants or sweat shorts. Any Ridley or Grace Park Mesh shorts are also allowed.
                    NO STRIPES ON PANTS AND NO NYLON PANTS
                  TOPS - Collared White or Green Shirt, Ridley & Grace Park T-Shirts are also allowed on gym days.                           

revised 9/26/05
Last Modified on December 9, 2008