School Uniforms

UNIFORM DRESS CODE

Toano Middle School  2017-2018 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.

Uniform Compliance Procedures

Homeroom teachers will check students for uniform compliance. Any student who is not dressed appropriately will be sent to ETR. When the student arrives in ETR, the student will have the option to call home for a change of clothing, provided that there are not too many students needing to change. If students are changed into school provided items, the students’ non-compliance items will be held until the student returns the school items. If the student does not have a non-compliant item for trade, than another item may be held until the school item is returned.

On Student Jean Day, students will only be allowed to wear BLUE jeans with an acceptable shirt, unless otherwise stated by school administration.

Consequences for non-compliance of the dress code will be as follows:

  • 1st Offense – Student will be required to have the white copy of the Dress Code Compliance Form signed by a parent and returned the next school day.
  • 2nd Offense – Student will receive a verbal warning and will need to return the white copy of the Dress Code Compliance Form signed by the parent.
  • 3rd Offense – Student will receive a final warning and there will be a call home.
  • 4th Offense – Student will receive a lunch detention on the day of the offense.
  • 5th Offense – Student will be referred to Mrs. O’Connor for ASD and parent notification.
  • 6th Offense – Student will receive a referral that will be submitted to administration for further consequences.

 

Student Spirit Fridays!

This privilege is granted to students the first Friday in October.

 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.
Spirit wear may only be worn on Spirit Fridays beginning the first Friday in October.

Code JICA:  

In keeping with the WJCC Policy Manual for School Uniforms, Code JICA states that “opt-out provisions be provided for parents/guardians who do not want their student to wear uniforms,” we are updating our school webpage to include such opt-out provisions.  Any alternate dress code option will keep in alignment with the WJCC Code of Conduct Policy, JFCA, School Uniform and Dress Code.   The Opt-Out Request Form will be reviewed and a notification of its status will be provided within 14 days of receiving your request. Opt Out Form for Uniforms

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.

Toano Middle School Alternative Dress Code- 2017-201

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. Students are responsible for keeping themselves, their hair, and their clothing clean.
  2. Clothing/accessories bearing obscene, offensive, profane, suggestive or abusive statements or images will not be permitted.
  3. Clothing must not advertise/advocate/promote activities illegal to minors.
  4. Clothing that is torn, ripped, frayed, slashed, or made to appear so are prohibited.
  5. Any shirts must have a strap at least 2 inches wide. The width of a standard credit card or driver’s license.
  6. Shoes must be worn at all times. Shoes must be laced, if they have laces and flip-flops, bedroom shoes, slippers, fuzzy boots, or beach sandals are not allowed. Sandals and clogs must have a strap and shoes with heels higher than two inches are not allowed.
  7. Pants must be worn at the waistline. Sagging is not permitted.
  8. All articles of clothing worn from the waist, such as shorts/skorts/dresses/skirts are to be no shorter than fingertips length when arms are fully extended at the student’s side and the clothing should modestly cover the thigh area when sitting.
  9. Muscle T’s, spaghetti straps, strapless tops, mesh weave, fishnet, sheer and see-through clothing, crop tops, and the like are not allowed.
  10. Bandanas may not be worn or adorned in any fashion.
  11. Headwear of any kind, to include oversized headbands, do-rags, hats, caps and sunglasses will be removed prior to entering the building.
  12. Skin-tight clothing and other items, to include biking shorts, spandex apparel, leggings, pajamas, sweatpants, sleepwear, jeggings, or yoga pants are not allowed.
  13. Clothing that shows midriff, cleavage, buttocks, or bare shoulders is not allowed.
  14. Coats are not to be worn during the school day. They should be put into the 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. Students may be asked to remove the sweatshirt if this occurs in the school building.
  16. All undergarments must remain properly under the appropriate cover or clothing and, therefore, no straps from undergarments shall be visible.
  17. Any clothing, make-up, hairstyle, or manner of appearance that disrupts the educational/school-related environment will not be allowed.
  18. Any other clothing or items that are deemed inappropriate or questionable for school attire as determined by the school administration.