School Uniforms

UNIFORM DRESS CODE

Toano Middle School  2018-2019 School Year

A student uniform dress code was implemented at Toano Middle School in the fall of 2001 after several years of visits to schools with school uniform dress codes plus numerous meetings and discussions with parents, staff, PTA officers, and students. Students and families are expected to comply with the requirements as they are outlined below. If students or guardians have questions about the guidelines, they may ask an administrator. The Toano PTA has a clothes shop (PTA Toano Claws-et) with a variety of sizes of gently used clothing for both boys and girls. Not all clothing purchased at retail shops will meet the requirements of the TMS dress code. Always purchase items with the understanding that you may return items if the clothing does not comply. Students who are not dressed in compliance will be requested to change and return to class or they may call parents for a change of clothes. Compliance is a shared responsibility. If a particular clothing item or style is not described, consider it not allowed under the following guidelines.

All clothing: Clothing should fit the child; however, one size increase for growth is permissible. Clothing must be worn as the manufacturer intended. Clothing purchases may be made from any retailer. The only logos that may be worn on uniform clothing are those approved by the principal. (For example: Choir logo, Band logo, etc.) Students are required to take off and keep in their lockers all outer wear, jackets, hats, and non-compliant sweaters before coming to homeroom at the beginning of the day. Download a printable copy of the dress code with pictures: TMS Uniform Policy 2017-2018

Pants/Trousers: Navy or Khaki twill.

  • Full length, straight leg only; trousers must be worn at natural waistline.
  • Unacceptable — logos; sagging pants; hip huggers/low riders, etc.; pant legs tucked into socks; rolled up pant legs; cut-offs; cargo pockets; carpenter loops; pajamas; corduroy fabrics or pants with holes of any kind.
  • Belts: Plain black, brown, navy or khaki with plain buckles and no embellishments or decorations of any kind — if there are belt loops on the clothing, then belts must be worn.

Walking Shorts/Skorts/Capris: Navy or Khaki twill.

  • No shorter than fingertips
  • Belts: Plain black, brown, navy or khaki with plain buckles and no embellishments or decorations of any kind — if there are belt loops on the clothing, then belts must be worn.
  • Same style and conditions as listed for pants.

Skirts/Jumpers: Navy or Khaki twill.

  • No shorter than fingertips
  • Belts: Plain, black, brown, navy or khaki with plain buckles and no embellishments or decorations of any kind — if there are belt loops on the clothing, then belts must be worn.
  • Same style and conditions as listed for pants.

Shirts: Shirts with collars may be long or short sleeved.

  • Traditional polo shirts: Button-placket, flat knit fabric (no snaps). If short sleeved, length should cover one-half of the upper arms. Any solid colors without trim. Must be solid plain colors, no tie-dye, no logos.
  • Turtleneck or mock turtleneck shirts: may be worn in the same solid colors and flat knit fabrics as polo shirts.
  • Oxford cloth dress shirts: button-down collar, white or light blue. Denim is not an approved fabric. Shirts should be solid color, light blue or white without any trim.
  • All shirts must be long enough to remain tucked in.
  • Note: If layered shirts are worn, both shirts must follow this dress code policy.
  • Unacceptable:  logos; monograms; tied up shirtsleeves; tee shirts; ribbed or denim fabrics; Johnny collars.
  • Approved uniform shirts must be worn with these items with the collars out.

Sweatshirts/ Cardigans/Pullover Sweaters: Crewneck sweatshirts and plain hooded sweatshirts that have zippers or are pullovers are allowed in the same colors as polo shirts: Must be solid plain colors, no tie-dye, no logos. (No fleece lining). Also allowed are TMS-approved spirit hooded sweatshirts in navy/orange/royal blue. Sweatshirts should fit the child; however, one size increase for growth is permissible.

  • Approved uniform shirts must be worn with these items with the collars out. No logos are allowed.
  • Any solid color may be worn. (No logos)

Shoes: If shoes have laces, they must be laced up and tied.

  • Shoes with heels higher than two inches are not allowed.
  • Sandals and clogs must have a strap.
  • Flip-flops, bedroom shoes, fuzzy boots or beach sandals are not allowed.

Accessories:  Jewelry, Hair, etc.: Should be modest and not present a potential safety hazard to any student. Heavy chains with or without medallions, spikes, or any jewelry with inappropriate wording are not allowed. No bandanas or scarves.

Student Spirit Fridays!

On Casual Spirit Fridays, all students are allowed to wear jeans that are a shade of BLUE

  • Jeans should fit appropriately (not too baggy or too tight) and should be worn appropriately on the hips and at the waist. Jeans cannot have cargo pockets, embellishments, sparkles or glitter. Jeans with holes, rips, or tears are not permitted. Cutoffs are not permitted. If jeans have belt loops, then a compliant belt must be worn.
  • Students are allowed to wear TMS spirit wear and polo shirts, as well as the school uniform compliant hoodies. The T-shirts and polo shirts must be worn tucked in.

Dress Code for Approved To Opt Out of Uniforms

Toano Middle School Alternative Dress Code-2018-2019

As stated in the Williamsburg-James City County Code of Conduct, dress that is disruptive, distracting or revealing is not acceptable. The school administration reserves the right to make decisions concerning questionable and inappropriate school attire. If contacted by the school administration, parents may be requested to come to the school to exchange unacceptable clothing. Student dress will reflect positively on the students, school and learning environment, and should ultimately reflect standards of dress in the workplace at large.

Here are some of the guidelines:

  1. Clothing or accessories bearing obscene, offensive, profane, suggestive/abusive statements or images will not be permitted.
  2. Clothing must not advertise, advocate, and/or promote activities illegal for minors.
  3. Shoes must be worn at all times. Shoes with laces must be tied. All other footwear must have a strap to keep it secure.
  4. Any clothing, make-up, hairstyle, or manner of appearance that disrupts the educational/school-related environment will not be allowed.
  5. Pants such as biking shorts, spandex apparel, leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, etc. are not allowed unless worn under another school appropriate article of clothing.
  6. Clothing that shows midriff, cleavage, buttocks, or bare shoulders is not allowed.
  7. All undergarments must remain properly under the appropriate cover or clothing.
  8. Clothing that is torn, ripped, frayed, slashed, or made to appear so may not display bare skin.
  9. Pants must be worn at the waistline. Sagging is not permitted.
  10. All articles of clothing worn from the waist, such as shorts, skorts, dresses, skirts are to be at least fingertips length when arms are fully extended at the student’s side.
  11. Tank tops, spaghetti straps, strapless tops, crop tops, mesh weave, fishnet, sheer and see-through clothing, and clothing similar to these are not allowed.
  12. Shirt straps must be at least 2 inches wide.
  13. Bandanas may not be worn or displayed in any fashion.With the exception of standard headbands, headwear will be removed prior to entering the building (this is to include sunglasses).
  14. Outerwear should be stored in lockers upon arrival at school. Sweaters, sweatshirts, and light jackets may be worn during the day.
  15. Students may not wear the hoods of hooded sweatshirts on their heads.

Any other clothing or items that are deemed inappropriate or questionable for school attire may not be permitted as determined by school administration.

Alternative Dress Code TMS 18_19-1.docx