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Site-Based Dress Code Policy
The result of our 2022-2023 school uniform vote was to re-adopt a site-based school uniform policy in addition to the WCSD Dress Code Policy. The decision to adjust and re-adopt a school uniform policy was conducted following WCSD Board Policy 5105 with input from our staff and families. Based on student voice and input we have added additional items to our uniform catalogue that increase the likelihood that students will participate with our uniform policy. Logoed uniform items are available for purchase through Kate's Logos. Clayton's uniform policy includes all of the elements of the WCSD dress code, in addition to:
- Polo Shirt: Uniform tops should be black, green or white with or without the approved Archie Clayton Middle School logo. All colors should be solid with limited print/logos/messaging.
- Crew Neck Shirt: Uniform tops should be black, green or white with or without the approved Archie Clayton Middle School logo. All colors should be solid with limited print/logos/messaging.
- Sweatshirt: Sweatshirts (crew neck) must be solid black, green or gray with or without the approved Archie Clayton Middle School logo. The lapel of the uniform polo shirt should be visible over the collar of the sweatshirt. No other colors are permitted. All colors should be solid with limited print/logos/messaging.
- Bottoms: Pants/shorts/skirts (solid black, blue or khaki - tan or brown) are permitted. Jeans, slacks, sweatpants, leggings/jeggings or tights must be black blue or khaki (tan or brown). No other colors are permitted. Shorts length should comply with the WCSD Dress Code Policy Bottoms with rips and tears should also comply with the WCSD Dress Code Policy
- Undershirts: Short- or long-sleeved undershirts of any color may be worn under the approved uniform top. Undershirts cannot contain visible logos or writing.
- Footwear: Shoes should be safe and stable to walk and maneuver through the school and campus grounds. If shoes are sandals, they must have a heal strap. Footwear designed exclusively for indoor use (slippers, etc.) and slide-style sandals may not be worn at school.
Uniform/Dress Code Musts (Students must):
- Collared polo shirts or crew neck shirts are to be worn daily. Exceptions apply for free-dress and spirit days. Those days are scheduled and communicated
- Items of clothing must be in solid colors with limited print/logos/messaging .
- Undershirts, polos, sweatshirts, bottoms (pants/shorts/skirts/leggings/jeggings and tights) must follow WCSD Dress Code Policy for fit fashion and condition.
Uniform/Dress Code Mays (Students may):
- Wear undershirts/underlayer. Advised for colder weather.
- Jackets can be worn, but should be removed in all indoor learning spaces. Colors and styles of outerwear (jackets and coats) are not required to meet the color/style specifications outlined above.
- Hats or hoods may be worn outside learning spaces only.
Our site-based dress code policy is intended to ensure a safe and orderly school environment as well as promote our school as a larger community. Our uniform policy and color schemes help identify your child as part of our school and help us keep our students safe on and off campus.
Uniform/Dress Code Enforcement and Intervention
This policy is not intended to limit your child's access to the learning environment or the educational benefit of attending our school. We acknowledge that students may use the uniform policy to avoid class or classroom activities. To ensure learning remains at the heart of our efforts and attention, we enforce the uniform and dress code policy in the following ways.
- Uniform checks are conducted at the main entrance daily. Students determined to be in uniform and dress code for the day enter the school through the front doors.
- Students deemed out of uniform or dress code are directed to the Student Resource Hall (B-Hall) door for a uniform/dress code fix.
- If uniform issues can be corrected at school, students are provided with items that meet the uniform policy and dress code. Students are asked to trade an item that will be returned to them at the end of the day when students return the uniform item loaner.
- Students out of uniform could:
- Miss class or a portion of a class period to correct the uniform or dress code issue. This correction may include a call home for items to be delivered to school. The student is responsible for collecting and completing make-up work missed.
- Miss lunch (food provided), an additional class period or portion of a class period. The student is responsible for collecting and completing make-up work missed.
- Miss a portion of the last class period at the end of the day or be released from school after the final bell to return loaner items. The student is responsible for collecting and completing make-up work missed and plan ahead for transportation home.
We are committed to proactively work with families so that students can show their engagement in our community by wearing uniforms and meet the dress code. We will:
- Contact families of students chronically out of uniform or dress code and provide uniform items at no or low-cost.
- Provide positive re-enforcement of students making the choice to show their engagement every day through our Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports plan by recognizing students and awarding Cub Bucks.
- Provide students the opportunity to correct uniform and dress code issues at the beginning of and throughout the school day. We will also reteach/communicate the policy and clarify questions during this time.
We hope to solve uniform and dress code issues positively and proactively by working with students and families. Howecver, if needed, students that are chronically out of dress code at the beginning of the school day, frequently out of dress code during the school day and resistant to attempts to help them meet the uniform policy and dress code will be assigned:
- Alternate placement at lunch (can be more than one day in a row or until uniform issue is solved).
- In-school suspension (can be more than one day or until uniform issue is solved).
- Out-of school suspension.