School Uniform Attendance Requirements

Union Gap School District #002
3201 South 4th Street, Union Gap, WA 98903
Kurt H. Hilyard, Superintendent
Lisa Gredvig, Principal
Si Stuber, Assistant Principal
Board of Directors:
Carrie Greenough – President
Louise Sisk – Vice President
Ron Jennings – WIAA & Legislative Representative
Dianna Grunlose
Margarita Soto
School Uniform Attendance
Please contact the following school personnel if you have questions.
Thank you.
Lisa Gredvig, Principal
248-3966, Extension 305
Kurt H. Hilyard, Superintendent
248-3966, Extension 403
The following packet was approved by the Union Gap School Board of Directors, at the
regular school board meeting, on February 24, 2009. Washington state law allows school
districts to require school uniforms as an enrollment requirement (RCW 28A.320.140,
RCW 28A.600.455).
The Union Gap School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Why have school uniforms?
1. 82% of the parents and 84% of the staff wanted
required school shirts as indicated in a prior survey
2. School Pride (new school facility – new start)
3. “Dress for Success”
4. “Dress for Work” - our students need to have this
instilled in them so they are prepared for real
world expectations
5. School uniforms limit differences between the
“haves” and the “have nots”
6. School safety – staff and students
7. Teamwork
8. Cost savings to parents
9. An eight year study conducted found graduation
rates rose 11% in schools with uniforms.
Attendance jumped 3% and fewer students were
expelled (less discipline issues). There are also
studies/opinions that school uniforms do not
make a difference.
10. Gang deterrent
Procedure 3224P(3)
Here’s what you’ll need to know to get your child
“Dressed for Success”
Students in all grades must wear uniform shirts. You may purchase items at any store
as long as they meet all uniform and dress code requirements. The school district will also
sell uniform shirts at cost. School uniforms must be worn from 7:45 a.m. through 4:15 p.m.
unless an exception is approved by the administration.
Black, white, or gray short- and long-sleeved traditional collared polo shirts with
buttons (only top three button holes are not required to be used/buttoned) are
required at all grades. Shirts and all outerwear must fit well and not be oversized or
undersized. Shirts can be worn untucked but must be of appropriate length. Layering
shirt colors is ok but all shirt colors must be of uniform solid color (gray, black or
white). For example, layering a gray polo shirt over a white cami or t-shirt. Polo
dresses are not uniform clothing.
Black, white, or gray jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts are allowed in all grades.
All outerwear must fit well and not be oversized or undersized. Hooded outerwear is
allowed but hoods must remain down in the building. Any outerwear worn during class
must not interfere with learning. Any outerwear worn during class must be of uniform
colors and has to be one solid color and pattern (no stripes or multiple colors). Any
other color of outerwear may be worn to school but must be hung up or put in lockers
or classroom cubbies during school hours. Polo shirts must be worn under
jackets/sweatshirts and visible at all times.
Middle school athletic team jerseys, Band shirts, K-Kids shirts, ASB shirts and Tree
Team shirts may be worn the day of a specific school event; i.e. a music concert, ASB
event/meeting, middle school sporting event, recycle collection day, once a month KKids meeting. The district sponsored hoody sweatshirt/T-shirt (Once a cub always a
cub) is considered uniform clothing.
Reviewed: April 21, 2009; May 25, 2010; June 21, 2011; August 28, 2012; June 26, 2013; June 25,
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Procedure 3224P(3)
Students may wear coats to and from school and at recess. Coats do not need to be
uniform color. However, the coat must be hung up or put in lockers or put in classroom
cubbies upon arrival to school. Non-uniform coats/jackets, etc. can only be worn in the
building when going in or out for recess or coming in or leaving for the day. They are
also not to be worn between class periods.
No unapproved or brand logos, wording, large lettering, or pictures are allowed on polo
On scheduled meeting/game days, the wearing of uniforms or any additional
articles of clothing must adhere to the Union Gap School District Dress Code. (i.e.
Scouts, Union Gap team jerseys, band shirts, school district approved
clubs/organizations, etc.)
Free Dress Day! (Last school day of each Month) Students may wear their favorite
shirts, pants, dress or shorts as long as the apparel does not violate the district dress
All clothing worn during school hours or at school-sponsored events must adhere to
the Union Gap School dress code.
Discipline: Students not following the uniform or dress code will be subject to progressive
discipline. Continued non-compliance could result in detention, suspension or expulsion.
Reviewed: April 21, 2009; May 25, 2010; June 21, 2011; August 28, 2012; June 26, 2013; June 25,
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Procedure 3224P(2)
Union Gap School District
Dress Code
Union Gap School District is dedicated to providing a positive learning environment helping
students to achieve their academic potential. Student dress should exhibit modesty and
safety promoting a general respect for the learning process. Students and staff are asked
to conform to the dress code designed to prevent dress and appearance from distracting
in any way from the educational process.
No hats, sweatshirt hoods, sweater hoods, visors, bandanas, head scarves, scull-caps,
beanies, baseball caps or hairnets are to be worn inside the buildings unless for an
approved school activity such as Spirit Week.
Upper clothing must be cut so as not to expose undergarments, chest area, cleavage,
midriff or back. (Spaghetti/thin straps and large armholes are prohibited.)
1. All lower clothing (pants/shorts/skirts/etc.) shall be worn at the hips or above. No
sagging, bagging, or dragging and no undergarments showing. Clothing must fit size
and stature of the student.
2. Length of shorts/skirts/dresses must reach a minimum of mid inner-thigh or
longer, even if tights or leggings are worn.
3. Slits in dresses/skirts/shorts must be no higher than mid inner-thigh, even if
tights, spandex or leggings are worn.
4. Pajamas are not allowed to be worn on campus during school hours. This includes
“lounge pants”.
5. Leggings worn as pants are not allowed unless upper clothing covers student to at
least mid-thigh.
1. Tight-fitting or otherwise revealing clothing is not permitted.
2. See-through clothing is not permitted.
3. Underclothing should not be visible through outer layers of clothing.
4. Intentional tearing or ripping of clothing is not permitted if it does not meet other
dress code requirements (rips showing skin above mid-thigh) even if leggings are
worn beneath. This includes clothing that is purchased with “rips”.
1. Footwear must be worn at all times and must be age-appropriate for activities and
Reviewed: April 21, 2009; July 27, 2010; June 21, 2011, August 28, 2012; June 26, 2013;
June 25, 2014
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2. No lacing of shoes from the top to the toe.
3. Shoes with wheels may not be used on campus during school hours.
4. No slippers are allowed to be worn on campus during school hours.
1. Clothing/accessories shall not convey messages that are: crude, vulgar/profane,
violence/death oriented, gang-related, sexually suggestive, or promote alcohol,
drugs or tobacco. Tattoos and/or Body Art that exhibit these qualities must not be
2. Wearing tongue jewelry (tongue piercing) is prohibited.
3. Any jewelry or piercing(s) that may present a safety or health issue is prohibited.
This includes PE classes and Band.
4. Belts must be tucked into belt loops and not be hanging.
5. Anything that interferes with the educational process is prohibited.
1. Students may not wear gang-related jewelry, hairpieces, and/or clothing. For
example, having only the top one or two buttons of the shirt fastened, chains inside
or outside of pants pockets, hanging overall straps or suspenders, excessively large
pants, red and blue shoelaces, belt buckles indicating gang affiliation, red or blue
web belts, and un-looped belts hanging below the waist are not permitted. If a belt
is necessary, twine will be provided and must be used in lieu of gang-related belt.
Prohibited colors are currently red and blue however any other color(s), deemed to
be gang related, may also be banned.
No wearing of blue or red dots on visible parts of the body. Prohibited colors are
currently red and blue however any other color(s), deemed to be gang related, may
also be banned.
No drawing of gang names or symbols on the hands or between fingers or on other
visible parts of the body.
No haircuts with stars or “patches of hair” at the base of skull are allowed. Any
other haircuts that signifies potential gang affiliation are also prohibited.
No gang writing or symbols on notebooks or assignments.
No shaved or notched eyebrows.
No rosary beads are permitted on campus.
8. Clothing that implies or glamorizes gang membership or affiliation, written
communication, marks, drawings, numbers, painting or design emblems will not be
Any amendments must be approved by Principal/Superintendent. Any further restrictions
or interpretation of this policy shall be the responsibility of the administration.
Reviewed: April 21, 2009; July 27, 2010; June 21, 2011; August 28, 2012; June 26, 2013;
June 25, 2014
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Union Gap Student Dress Code Protocol
Students not adhering to dress code:
a) 1st offense – teacher/student calls parents/guardian; teacher documents in Skyward.
Student goes to office to receive a school-owned shirt for the day if any are available. If
student receives a loaner shirt, their personal (non-dress code) shirt will be held until
the loaner shirt is returned. If loaner shirt is not available, student will call
parent. Discipline - Warning
b) 2nd offense – Student to office to call parent. Office documents in Skyward. Parent must
bring uniform shirt to school. Discipline - assigned detention for insubordination.
c) 3rd offense – Student to office to call parent. Office documents in Skyward. Parent must
bring uniform shirt to school. Discipline – parent conference/in-house suspension for
Policy No. 3224
Union Gap School District
Preserving a beneficial learning environment and assuring the safety and well-being of all
students are primary concerns of the board of directors.
Students’ choices in matters of dress should be made in consultation with their parents
and consistent with the District’s dress code. (Attached)
Student dress shall only be regulated when, in the judgment of school administrators,
there is a reasonable expectation that:
A health or safety hazard shall be presented by the student’s dress or
appearance including possible membership in a gang or hate groups;
Damage to school property shall result from the student’s dress; or
A material and substantial disruption of the educational process will result from
the student’s dress or appearance.
For the purpose of this policy, a material and substantial disruption of the educational
process may be found to exist when a student’s conduct is inconsistent with any part of
the educational mission of the school district. Prohibited conduct includes the use of lewd,
sexual, drug, tobacco or alcohol-related messages, gang-related apparel.
The uniforms of nationally recognized youth organizations, and clothing worn in observance
of a student’s religion, are not subject to this policy.
The superintendent shall establish procedures providing guidance to students, parents, and
staff regarding appropriate student dress in school or while engaging in extracurricular
activities. Such procedures shall ensure that any student wearing, carrying, or displaying
gang-related apparel, or exhibiting behavior or gestures which symbolize gang membership,
or causing and/or participating in activities which intimidate or affect the attendance of
another student shall be asked, with notice to his or her parent, to make appropriate
corrections and be subject to discipline if the corrections are not undertaken.
Cross References:
Board Policy 3220
Freedom of Expression
Legal References:
RCW 28A.320.140
WAC 180-40-215
Schools with Special Standards
Gang Activity – Suspension or Expulsion
Students Rights
School District Rules Defining Misconduct
Adopted: April 21, 2009
Procedure No. 3224P (1)
Union Gap School District
The student and parent may determine the student’s personal dress and grooming
standards, provided that the student’s dress and grooming shall conform to the district
Dress Code and not:
Lead school officials to reasonably believe that such dress or grooming shall
disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or detract from the school environment or
activity and/or educational objectives.
Create a health or other hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of
Create an atmosphere in which a student, staff, or other person’s well-being is
hindered by undue pressure, behavior, intimidation, overt gesture or threat of
violence; or
Imply gang membership or affiliation by written communication, marks, drawing,
painting, design, emblem upon any school or personal property or one’s person.
The principal, in connection with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the
activity if the principal reasonably believes that the student’s dress or grooming:
Creates a hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others.
Shall prevent, interfere with or adversely affect the purpose, direction, or
effort required for the activity to achieve its goals.
If the student’s dress or grooming is objectionable under these provisions, the principal
shall request the student to make appropriate corrections. If the student refuses, the
principal shall notify the parent, if reasonably possible, and request that person to make
the necessary correction. If both the student and parent refuse, the principal shall take
appropriate disciplinary action. Students may be suspended, if circumstances so warrant.
Students who violate provisions of the dress code relating to extracurricular activities
may be removed or excluded from the extracurricular activity for such period as the
principal may determine. All students shall be accorded due process safeguards before any
corrective action may be taken.
Adopted: April 21, 2009; June 26, 2013