Dress Code & Uniforms

Mandatory Uniform Policy & Dress Code Procedures

The purpose of a uniform policy for our site is:

  1. Focus on school as a place for learning.
  2. Remove peer pressure.
  3. Reduce distractions.
  4. School spirit and unity.

The dress code at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School sets a standard that is in the best interest of students and is considered appropriate for the elementary school level.  Clothing and shoes should be worn that are sensible for physical activities such as running, jumping, and kicking.  Safety should be a factor when dressing for school.

School uniforms are mandatory beginning on the first day of school.  Students are required to wear uniforms every day except the last Friday of each month and announced free dress or spirit days.  

If a student is not wearing a uniform, one or more of the following may be expected:

  • A reminder notice/or phone call will be sent home.
  • The student will be asked to change into clothing from our uniform closet located here at the school.
  • A phone call will be made to the parent/guardian requesting they bring a change of clothes.
  • If the student is wearing inappropriate shoes for the playground and the parent cannot bring them another pair, they will have to sit on the bench or in the office during recess for their own safety.

If at any time the school alters the dress code for a special occasion, notification will be sent home.

Mandatory Uniform Policy

  • Bottoms –must be solid navy blue or khaki (beige, not green).  Bagginess (more than 1 size larger), sagging, or over-sized pants are not allowed.  Shorts and skirts must be at least fingertip length.
  • Tops, including sweaters and sweatshirts – must be solid white, navy, or forest/hunter green, or logo/spirit wear from a Phoebe Hearst Elementary event or sponsored extracurricular activityCrewneck, V-neck, and collared-style shirts are all acceptable tops. Tank tops or undershirts are not considered uniform tops.  Straps on tops must be at least 3 fingers wide. Spaghetti straps are not permitted.  Tops must cover midriff when arms are raised.
  • Dresses– must be solid navy or khaki, at least fingertip length, and with at least 3 fingers wide straps.
  • Shoes–must have low heels; no higher than one inch.  Sandals, crocs, or open toed shoes are not permitted for safety reasons.
  • Socks or tights–must be worn at all times. Tights must be navy blue, black, or white. Socks do not have to be uniform color.
  • Cold weather outerwear can be any color, but may not have logos of any kind. This includes sports team logos, name brand logos, or any other manufacturer logo. Light jackets, sweaters, zip-up sweatshirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies must be uniform colors (navy, white, or hunter green).
  • The only logo permitted on clothing worn to school on days other than announced free dress or spirit days is the Phoebe Hearst Elementary logo. 

Inappropriate Dress

Students are expected to dress appropriately for school every day, including announced free dress or spirit days. The following is considered inappropriate dress:

  • Baggies (baggy pants or shirts with inappropriate pictures, slogans, or logos depicting or advocating violence, hate, obscenity, or gang related material).
  • Bicycle shorts, cut‑offs, and clothing with holes in knees or anywhere.
  • Bare midriff or see‑through shirts/blouses or tank tops.
  • Thong style sandals, any shoe without heel straps, backs, or open toes, high heels (1 inch or higher), stilts, clogs, cleats or spikes, wheelies and sandals.
  • Glitter on faces/make-up, tattoos.
  • Hats/visors (in class), bandanas.

In addition to the above, any clothing, hairstyle, or jewelry that is considered unsafe or disruptive to the learning environment is inappropriate for school.

The success of the uniform policy depends on all adults enforcing the policy.  Uniform checks are made first thing in the morning.  Students may be sent to the office if a change of clothes is needed. In most cases, we have extra uniform items for students to borrow if necessary. If students are habitually out of uniform, or we do not have a replacement in their size, we will call parents to bring different clothes. We respect that parents do not want to be called away from work, so please try to check your child’s attire before they leave in the morning.