Uniforms

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Research supports the idea that when children are dressed in a like fashion there is less social stereotyping. Therefore, East Link Academy Charter has implemented a Uniform Dress Code. The purpose of the dress code is to encourage students to focus on the learning process without the distractions of unsuitable dress and grooming.

 

We believe uniforms show school pride and create an environment that focuses on academic rigor. A school uniform teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance, in preparation for learning and future careers. The use of uniforms can also promote a sense of community and school pride, while promoting an environment of equality.

 

Students must arrive at school dressed properly according to the ELA dress code and must remain in dress code until leaving campus. The Head of School or any other duly authorized school official has the discretion to determine the appropriateness of uniform and grooming and make special exceptions, including those for religious and medical reasons. If a student’s uniform is not appropriate for the school day, the student’s parent will be called and asked to bring the missing item to school as soon as possible.

 

Elementary

The standard school uniform for Preschool to Grade 4 is:​ 

GIRLS UNIFORMS
 

  • Solid jade/kelly green, gold/yellow, black or white polo shirt (short or long sleeve)

    • East Link Academy t-shirts will also be considered dress code appropriate

    • Shirts must be tucked in at all times

    • Students may also wear long sleeve solid jade/green, gold/yellow, black or white under their short sleeve polos  when it is cold
       

  • Plain front khaki/beige pants, shorts, capris, skirts, skorts, or jumpers

    • Shorts, skirts and skorts should be at least one-inch below the middle fingertip length

    • If there are belt loops, belts are required, should be brown or black and may have designs

    • Girls may wear solid jade/kelly green, gold/yellow, black or white leggings under their skirts, skorts, or jumpers

    • No skirts/jumpers should be worn on student’s assigned PE day
       

  • Closed toed shoes and closed heel shoes should be worn

    • With an emphasis on safety, all shoelaces must be tied properly, all buckles fastened, all straps secured or velcroed – nothing may dangle or drag from the shoe (like shoe charms)

    • Slippers, thin-soled shoes, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are not permitted

    • On student’s assigned PE day, she should wear lace-up tennis shoes
       

  • Socks should be solid jade green/gold yellow, black, or white 

 

BOYS UNIFORMS

  • Solid jade/kelly green, gold/yellow, black or white polo shirt (short or long sleeve)

    • East Link Academy t-shirts will also be considered dress code appropriate

    • Shirts must be tucked in at all times

    • Students may also wear long sleeve solid jade/kelly green, gold/yellow, black or white under their short sleeve polos when it is cold
       

  • Plain front khaki/beige pants or shorts (no cargo shorts or joggers)

    • Shorts should be at least one-inch below the middle fingertip length

    • If there are belt loops, belts are required. Belts should be brown or black and may have designs
       

  • Closed toed shoes and closed heel shoes should be worn

    • With an emphasis on safety, all shoelaces must be tied properly, all buckles fastened, all straps secured or velcroed – nothing may dangle or drag from the shoe (like shoe charms)

    • Slippers, thin-soled shoes, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are not permitted

    • On student’s assigned PE day, he should wear lace-up tennis shoes
       

  • Socks should be solid jade green/gold yellow, black, or white 

 

 

Middle

Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the standard school uniform for Middle School is:

5-8 GIRL UNIFORMS

  • Solid black or white polo shirt (short or long sleeve) or short-sleeved peter pan collar blouse

    • East Link Academy t-shirts will also be considered dress code appropriate for Free Dress Days

    • Shirts must be tucked in at all times

 

  • Plain front khaki/beige, black or blue pants, shorts, capris, skirts, skorts, or jumpers

    • Shorts, skirts and skorts should be at least one-inch below the middle fingertip length

    • If there are belt loops, belts are required, should be brown or black and may have designs

    • Girls may wear solid black, blue or white leggings under their skirts, skorts, or jumpers

    • No skirts/jumpers should be worn on student’s assigned PE day
       

  • Closed toed shoes (including Mary Janes) and closed heel shoes should be worn

    • With an emphasis on safety, all shoelaces must be tied properly, all buckles fastened, all straps secured– nothing may dangle or drag from the shoe (like shoe charms)

    • Heels should be no higher than one inch

    • Slippers, thin-soled shoes, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are not permitted

    • On student’s assigned PE day, she should wear lace-up tennis shoes
       

  • Socks should be solid black, blue or white and must be matching pairs

 

5-8 BOY UNIFORMS

  • Solid black or white polo (short or long sleeve) or long-sleeve button down Oxford shirt

    • East Link Academy t-shirts will also be considered dress code appropriate for Free Dress Days

    • Shirts must be tucked in at all times

    • Dress ties may be worn with Oxford shirts
       

  • Plain front khaki/beige, black or blue pants or shorts (no cargo shorts or joggers)

    • Shorts should be at least one-inch below the middle fingertip length

    • If there are belt loops, belts are required. Belts should be brown or black and may have designs
       

  • Closed toed shoes and closed heel shoes should be worn

    • With an emphasis on safety, all shoelaces must be tied properly, all buckles fastened, all straps secured– nothing may dangle or drag from the shoe (like shoe charms)

    • Heels should be no higher than one inch

    • Slippers, thin-soled shoes, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are not permitted

    • On student’s assigned PE day, he should wear lace-up tennis shoes
       

  • Socks should be solid black, blue or white and must be matching pairs

 

GENERAL FOR ALL STUDENTS
 

Clothing should be neat and clean.

  • Clothing with rips, tears, holes, or frayed edges is considered inappropriate for school.

  • Undergarments should not be exposed.

 

Outerwear:

  • Students may wear any outerwear to and from school for cold days, including hats and gloves

  • Students are encouraged to bring a solid jade/kelly green, gold/yellow, black or white cardigan to wear in the classroom

  • Parents should label items and check to make sure they come home regularly or check the lost and found

 

Hairstyles and Head Attire:

  • Hairstyles, in general, should be clean, neat and in good taste

  • No hats, caps, shower caps, sweatbands, bandanas, etc should be worn at any time

  • Headwraps are not allowed without prior written approval

 

Accessories:

  • Jewelry and accessories should be appropriate for school and not attract undue attention or pose a safety risk

  • Piercings other than earrings are prohibited

  • Earrings, for safety reasons, are not to exceed the size of a quarter

  • Cosmetics and/or makeup should be age and school appropriate and not attract undue attention.

 

Free Dress Days:

  • On Early Release Fridays, students will be allowed “Free Dress” days. Students are free to wear clothing and shoes of their choosing in compliance with the following:

    • All shorts, skirts, skorts and jumpers should be at least one-inch below the middle fingertip length

    • Leggings do not substitute for pants

    • Tops worn with leggings must be at least one-inch below the middle fingertip length

    • If the Free Dress day is on the day of a student’s PE class, he/she should bring or wear tennis shoes and shorts (no dresses/skirts should be worn in PE class)

    • All t-shirts must be in good taste (no suggestive wording or illustrations or advertisements for items which are illegal for middle school students - i.e., alcohol and tobacco products, etc.). Administration-approved school spirit t-shirts may be worn in lieu of school uniform t-shirt.

    • Clothing that is revealing, such as short mini-skirts, short-shorts, tank tops, loosely fitting, low-cut blouses or halter tops, mesh shirts, or shirts exposing the midriff are not to be worn to school.

    • Sleeveless shirts are not allowed.

 

Uniform Violations:

Students and parents are expected to honor the uniform code in order that valuable school time not be spent examining student attire to determine appropriateness.

 

Any student found in violation of the uniform policy will first be warned and asked to correct the violation if possible (i.e., tuck in shirt, tie shoelaces, etc.). The teacher or school official will notify the parent to bring the correct uniform. At the second offense, a phone call will be made to parents by administration and subsequent offenses will result in a parent/student conference with the Head of School.

 

In the event that a parent cannot be reached, administration will seek alternate clothing from the Uniform Closet.

 

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