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Uniform Guidelines

1 - Uniform Regulation

The uniform dress code encourages the student to seek individual expression through positive actions and achievements rather than through his or her manner of dress or presentation. A student who accepts the invitation to come to UDS implicitly agrees to wear the proper uniform every day and during all school functions where the uniform is prescribed.

UDS has discretion to reject any inappropriate examples of all aspects of this regulation. Students arriving to school out of uniform may be sent home or to the office with an unexcused tardy or absence and might not be admitted to class until they are properly dressed. A warning will be given to the student and a note sent home if the regulation is not being met.

Failure to meet UDS uniform regulations reflects on the student’s behavior/conduct; violations can result in disciplinary action affecting the student’s conduct grade and citizenship grade. If after warning for a particular violation the regulation is still not met, refer to discipline policy for consequences and possible HC referral.

Uniform information and order forms are available through the school office. Please review the uniform policy as UDS cannot be responsible for uniform company suppliers. All clothing should be labeled with the student’s name.

1.1 - PK - 5th Grade

1.1.1 - Elementary Girls

Daily Uniform: The low-waist knife-pleat jumper is mandatory for all PK through 5th grade students. Jumper length can be 2” (two inches) below to 1” (one inch) above the knee. Also mandatory: white broadcloth blouse with round collar and initials UDS monogrammed on left collar, plain sleeve short or long; solid white socks that have at least a 1” (one inch) cuff and that come a minimum of 1” (one inch) above the shoe with no logos and no ruffles. Students have the option to wear navy uniform walking shorts, or navy uniform pant. White tights are allowed for PK only.

Dress Uniform: Same as above, plus navy blue ribbon. NO walking shorts or pants.

1.1.2 - Elementary Boys

Daily Uniform: Regulation khaki trousers or walking shorts; blue oxford button-down collar shirt (short or long sleeve) with embroidered navy blue official patriot logo on left chest pocket, always tucked in; khaki, web, or dark dress belt (solid color); solid white socks that have at least a 1” (one inch) cuff and that come a minimum of 1” (one inch) above the shoe with no logos.

Dress Uniform: Same as above, plus navy tie. NO walking shorts.

1.1.3 - Elementary Gym Uniform

Footwear: Regulation tennis shoes (always tied and/or Velcro closures securely strapped); white socks that have at least a 1” (one inch) cuff and that come a minimum of 1” (one inch) above the shoe with no logos.

Shorts: Regulation navy blue polyester or navy nylon mesh; no logo.

T-Shirt: Regulation white with navy blue official patriot logo; always to be worn tucked in.

Sweat Suits / Warm-ups: Used in cold weather over the T-shirt and shorts; a navy blue sweatshirt plain or with white logo and navy blue sweatpants, tennis shoes. In extreme cold weather, jackets, gloves, stocking caps may also be added for extra warmth.

No jewelry with the exception of small stud earrings for girls.

1.2 - 6th - 8th Grade Middle School

1.2.1 - Middle School Girls

Daily Uniform: Regulation plaid skirt or navy uniform walking shorts or uniform pant; white uniform middy blouse with embroidered navy blue official patriot logo on left chest; solid white socks that have at least a 1” (one inch) cuff and that come a minimum of 1” (one inch) above the shoe with no logos. Skirt length must be no shorter than 2” (two inches) above the knee.

Dress Uniform: Regulation plaid skirt, white uniform middy blouse, and navy blue ribbon. NO walking shorts or pants.

1.2.2 - Middle School Boys

Daily Uniform: Regulation khaki trousers or walking shorts; navy-blue polo shirt (short or long sleeve) with embroidered white official patriot logo on left chest, always tucked in; khaki, web, or dark dress belt (solid color); solid white socks that have at least a 1” (one inch) cuff and that come a minimum of 1” (one inch) above the shoe with no logos.

Dress Uniform: Regulation khaki trousers and blue oxford button-down collar shirt with short or long sleeves and navy tie. NO walking shorts.

1.2.3 - Middle School Gym Uniform

Footwear: Regulation tennis shoes (always tied and Velcro closures securely strapped); white socks that have at least a 1” (one inch) cuff and that come a minimum of 1” (one inch) above the shoe with no logos.

Shorts: Regulation navy-blue mesh with no logo; navy or black bicycle shorts may be worn underneath.

T-shirt: Regulation white with navy-blue official patriot logo; always to be worn tucked in.

Sweat Suits / Warm-ups: Used in cold weather over the T-shirt and shorts; a navy blue sweatshirt plain or with white logo and navy-blue sweatpants, tennis shoes. In extreme cold weather, jackets, gloves, and stocking caps may also be added for extra warmth.

No jewelry with the exception of small stud earrings for girls.

1.3 - Other Requirements

1.3.1 - Extreme Cold Weather Gear

For severely cold weather, any heavy jacket may be worn over the uniform while outside. For girls, white leg warmers, white leggings, or white tights can be worn when temperatures drop below 58°F.

1.3.2 - In-Class Jacket / Sweater

Students must wear the regulation PE sweatshirt, sweater, windbreaker, or solid navy-blue or white jacket/sweater (without any visible logo). Any other jacket will be put in the backpacks/lockers until dismissal.

1.3.3 - Footwear

Low heel, closed-toe shoes of solid black, white, or neutral color are acceptable. Solid means the majority of the shoe is of only one of the approved colors; neutral means navy, gray, or khaki color. Other minimal decals, trim, and laces must also be black, white, or neutral (again, navy, gray or khaki). Boots are not permitted. Shoelaces must be plain. Velcro is required of any student who cannot tie his/her own shoe. Shoes must be a matching pair. 

1.3.4 - Makeup

Makeup (including nail polish) is not allowed with the exception of clear lip-gloss for 6th through 8th grade girls only if applied outside class time. We ask that the parents check before allowing the student to disembark for the day. Students will be asked to wash makeup off at each offense, in-class consequences and after repeated incidents a pink slip will be issued.

1.3.5 - Jewelry

1.3.5.1 - PK - 5th

No jewelry with the exception of a watch and small earrings (girls only).

1.3.5.2 - 6th - 8th Grade Middle School

Thin chains or ribbon necklaces, friendship or CHARACTER COUNTS! Small bracelets (total width of bracelets must be 1 inch or less), a watch, and small earrings (girls only) are acceptable. Jewelry, with the exception of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Small bracelets, must be metal or neutral colors.

1.3.5.3 - Special Note

All jewelry, with the exception of small stud earrings for girls, must be removed during the physical education classes. The school is not responsible for any lost items. Class time will not be disrupted to look for lost articles.

1.3.6 - Hair & Hair Accessories

Hair length, color, and adornments must not attract attention. General guidelines are as follow:

  • Boys must look like boys with hair not touching the shirt collar or eyebrows and must be trimmed above the ears.
  • Natural highlights may enhance hair color but cannot stand out as dyed hair.
  • Hair must be tidy and kept out of the face; style must be simple and not draw attention.
  • For girls, hair accessories must be of standard size and uniform plaid, solid white, solid navy, or hair color (i.e. black hair may wear black).

1.3.7 - Monogramming

Aside from the required embroidered monograms and logos as stated above, additional monogramming is not allowed.

1.4 - Designated "Out of Uniform" Days

Designated out of uniform days means students are neither in school uniform nor PE uniform. If a student is in uniform on these days because he/she or his/her parents did not meet criteria to dress out of uniform, then student will  also be required to dress in PE uniform.

1.4.1 - Free Dress Days

On the day that students are allowed free dress the following standards are enforced:

  • No sleeveless shirts (tanks, spaghetti straps, or similar type garments)
  • No offensive language or images on garments.
  • No short-shorts or short-skirts (garment must cover upper thigh to at least 2” above knee).
  • Garments must be worn properly with no undergarments or midriff showing.
  • Garments must be in a suitable state of repair with no tears or rips.
  • No hats or caps with the exception of those permitted for extreme cold weather situations; no hats or caps may be worn indoors.
  • Footwear: for safety concerns we recommend non-slip soled shoes with closed toes and heel strap; no slides, clogs, or flip-flops that do not have a heel strap; no heels higher than 1” (one inch).

1.4.2 - Jean Days

On the day that students are allowed jean day with a designed T-shirt (carnival or JDRF) the following standards are enforced:

  • Blue jeans in a suitable state of repair with no tears or rips
  • Designated t-shirt
  • Free dress day standard for hat and footwear

On the day that students are allowed jean day without a designed T-shirt the following standards are enforced:

  • Blue jeans in a suitable state of repair with no tears or rips
  • Shirt must meet the standard of free dress day
  • Free dress day standard for hat and footwear