Uniform Policy Guidelines

Purpose
The academic environment, student effort, and learning and development are greatly influenced
by students’ attire. The purpose of the Student Uniform and Dress Code Policy at Apex Community
School is to enhance learning, reduce distraction, lessen concerns and financial burden related to
fashion choices, reduce disciplinary problems, and instill a sense of school pride and belonging.

Simple Guideline Regarding Uniform and Dress Policy, and Expectations
Uniforms for all K-8 Apex Community School students are mandatory.  Uniform items should be
clean, neat (i.e., shirts tucked in), fit properly (e.g., no sagging), and be in good repair. Uniforms may be purchased uniform at various retailers or uniform vendors, provided items purchased are acceptable per the Uniform Policy.

In addition to following acceptable uniform options, students are expected to be appropriately
dressed for the weather. Therefore, white undershirts or mock turtlenecks (in navy, white, or garnet) may be worn under uniform shirts for warmth.

If there is any question as to whether the apparel/adornment would be acceptable, it should NOT
be worn to school. Each year, there are a few practices or items (e.g., “fads”) that appear at school.
 When any “fad” gets started and potentially creates a distraction to the students’ learning environment, school administrators will take steps to remove the distraction.

Temporary exceptions to this Uniform/Dress policy may be made by the School Executive Director
and/or designee. Reasonable accommodations to the Uniform/Dress policy may be made by the
School Executive Director and/or designee for students with particular needs or reasonable
conflicts to the Uniform/Dress policy. 


Approved K-8 Student Uniform Options

Girls
 Navy, solid skort (reaching the student’s mid-thigh, slightly longer than fingertips when
arms are extended by student’s side)
 Navy, solid shorts (same as above)
 Navy, solid pants (flat front pants, with pockets)
 Navy, solid pants (pleated, with pockets)
 Polo style, short-sleeve shirt (no logo) in white, burgundy, or navy (covering midriff)
 Long-sleeve blouse (no logo) in white, burgundy, or navy (covering midriff)
 V-neck cardigan (no logo) in white, burgundy, or navy
 V-neck sweater vest (no logo) in white, burgundy, or navy
 Belts (optional, though recommended) in solid black or solid navy with modestly sized buckles
 Socks in navy, white, or black
 Tights or leggings in solid navy, white, or black (either socks or leggings are always requiredfor girls)

Boys
 Navy, solid shorts (reaching the student’s mid-thigh, slightly longer than fingertips when
arms are extended by student’s side)
 Navy, solid pants (flat front pants, with pockets)
 Polo style, short-sleeve shirt (no logo) in white, burgundy, or navy (covering midriff)
 Long-sleeve shirt (no logo) with buttons, in white, burgundy, or navy
 V-neck cardigan (no logo) in white, burgundy, or navy
 V-neck sweater vest (no logo) in white, burgundy or navy
 Belts (optional, though recommended) in solid black or solid navy with modestly sized buckles
 Ties (optional) in solid burgundy, solid navy, or navy/white striped, or burgundy/white striped
 Socks in navy, white, or black


Approved Footwear Options (Girls and Boys)
Per state law, shoes must always be worn.  Additionally, children can wear casual, dress, or athletic shoes during the school day. Open-toe shoes and/or sandals are not permitted.
 

If you are wearing Casual and Dress Shoes, those shoes:
 Should be solid white, black, solid (dark) brown, or solid navy
 Should be made of leather or suede (or leather-like, suede-like material)
 Should have a heel that is no more than one inch (1”) high at the heel
 Must not extend higher than the ankle
 Can be “fashion boots” if color and design meet Apex Uniform guidelines
 Should be free of all characters, beads, glitter, logos, or other adornments


If you are wearing Athletic Shoes, those shoes:
 Should have a non-marking sole
 Are required for physical education classes
 Must not extend beyond traditional high-top shoes
 Solid color shoelaces (black, white, dark brown, or navy blue)
 Should be free of all characters, beads, glitter
 Must not have wheels at the bottom or lights
 Brand-specific designs such as the Nike swoosh and Adidas stripes (subtle designs are recommended) are acceptable
 Students who are unable to tie their shoes without assistance are required to wear no-tie athletic shoes


If you are wearing Cold-weather Boots, please note:
 Snow boots, hiking boots, and rain boots are ONLY permitted during extreme weather
 In extreme weather, it is highly recommended that boots be removed in designated areas
within the school building (after arrival to school) and replaced with approved shoes

To receive an exemption regarding the footwear policy, the student will need a medical excuse
and/or an exemption granted by the School’s Executive Director.

 

Hair (Girls and Boys)
Hair must be appropriate for a school environment and should be neat, clean, and well groomed.


Specifically:
 Hairstyle must be non-distracting
 Bangs cannot cover eyes
 Hair color must be a natural color
 Hair that includes striped colors, carvings, or other distracting colors or designs in one’s hair are not permitted
 Girls may wear non-distracting hair accessories (scrunchies, headbands, ribbons, or barrettes) that are in school colors (navy or garnet) or black color

Hats and Headgear (Girls and Boys)
Hats, caps, visors, bandanas, handkerchiefs, etc. are not allowed in the school building.


To receive an exemption regarding the hats/headgear policy, the student will need to request and
be granted an exemption from the School’s Executive Director.

Jewelry (Girls and Boys)
A modest amount of jewelry is acceptable. As with the Hair Policy, any jewelry worn at school should not pose a distraction. In general, jewelry items should be modest in size and appearance and should not clash with school uniform items.


Specifically, the following guidelines apply regarding jewelry:
 No dangling or hoop-style earnings are allowed at school, for safety reasons
 One necklace, and/or one watch, and/or one bracelet may be worn
 Nose rings, other jewelry, and visible tattoos are not allowed


Nails (Girls and Boys)
For girls and boys, nails should be clean and well-trimmed and should not impact the ability to complete any school activities.


Girls (K – 6)
 Natural or clear nail polish is permitted
 Acrylic nails or false nails of any kind are NOT allowed
Girls (grades 7 and 8)
 Girls are permitted to wear colored nail polish with same solid color on all fingers
 The following nail colors are NOT allowed: black, neon, patterned, metallic (any color
with metallic effects) or logos
 Acrylic nails or false nails of any kind are NOT allowed

Make-up (Girls)
As with the policies regarding Hair, Jewelry, and Nails, make-up should not pose any distraction in
the learning environment. Specifically, the following guidelines apply:


Girls (grades K – 5)
 Make-up is NOT allowed
Girls (grades 6 – 8)
 Light, natural-looking, and minimal make-up is allowed
 Excessively dark or Gothic-style make-up is not allowed
 Lightly applied mascara (black or brown), blush (neutral or pale pink), and lip gloss
(clear or pale pink) are allowed