The learning environment is significantly influenced by students' attire. To help students focus on learning, reduce distraction and cost of fashion, reduce disruptions and disciplinary problems, increase the efficiency of school administration and promote school pride, Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy has adopted a student uniform dress code.
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN CHARTER ACADEMY UNIFORM POLICY GUIDELINES
CMCA Uniform Policy (Revised 2009-2010)
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Helpful Uniform Purchasing Resources
The CMCA Board of Directors of Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy has established the following policy:
The learning environment is significantly influenced by students’ attire.
- Wearing uniforms impacts the school positively by:
- fostering a distinct and positive CMCA appearance.
- helping students focus on learning.
- reducing distractions.
- increasing wardrobe equality.
- Uniforms are mandatory for all Grade K-8 CMCA students. Wearing uniforms is intended to improve discipline and enhance the overall learning environment. Proper wear of the uniform also shows pride in oneself and in CMCA.
- Students are expected to be in uniform when they are in any school building.
Items which are noticeably different from the approved uniform will not be allowed. The Board delegates to the administration and staff and reserves the right, at its discretion, to deny any item that is noticeably different in style, color, or fabric. Students wearing noticeably different items will be subject to the consequences outlined below. Items not covered above but considered inappropriate, dangerous, or a distraction from the learning environment are subject to review and prohibition by the administration.
Uniforms must be worn on field trips unless the administration approves otherwise. Uniforms are not required for evening or weekend activities unless specified by the administration or the activity supervisor.
PARENT AND STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES - UNIFORM
Parents have the responsibility to ensure that their children arrive at school in the proper uniform. Within the school, the dress code will be enforced by the classroom teachers, other staff members, and CMCA administrators who will make final decisions regarding uniform issues. Cheerful, consistent compliance with the uniform policy by all is expected.
Classroom teachers are the first line of enforcement. Teachers will look for uniform policy violations at the beginning of the day. Any staff member may report a uniform violation to the student’s homeroom teacher. All violations will be communicated to parents. The administration is provided latitude in assigning consequences.
CONSEQUENCES FOR UNIFORM VIOLATIONS
Uniform violations may be annotated in the student’s planner or otherwise documented (uniform violation slip). An office referral will be assigned for every three accumulated uniform violations. If a student violates the uniform policy in a manner that cannot be immediately corrected, the student may be asked to call her/his parent or guardian to bring an appropriate uniform item(s) which will allow the student to comply with uniform policies.
Students are expected to be dressed neatly, be well groomed and give a general good appearance. Uniforms are to be of appropriate size/fit, with no holes and in good repair, and they must be worn as intended by the policy, and by the standard of fit discussed elsewhere in this policy. A student can be out of compliance for wearing non-approved items, or by wearing approved items in a manner that is sloppy, immodest or otherwise inappropriate.
Pants and shorts for both boys and girls must be chino blend or cotton chino in navy blue color only, be non-cuffed, but can be pleated or flat front. Pants and shorts must have internal pockets only. No “low-riding” of pants or shorts is allowed. No cargo pants, capris, or flare legs are authorized. Pants and shorts are to fit properly at the waist. Belts are required for all uniform items with belt loops. Due to the fine motor skills required, belts are optional for kindergarten students. Pants with holes may not be worn. The length of shorts will not be shorter than three inches above the top of the knee. Shorts cannot go below the knee. “Skater-type” shorts may not be worn. Pants shall not touch the floor. Neither pants nor shorts may be rolled to achieve proper length. Pants and shorts may be purchased from any supplier.
The length of skirts, skorts, and jumpers will not be shorter than three inches above the top of the knee. Skorts cannot go below the knee.
Lands’ End Just-above-the-knee Pleated Skirt in classic navy or the Lands’ End Long Pleated Skirt in classic navy. Skirts must be purchased at Lands’ End.
Skorts must be navy blue chino or twill fabric. The hemline may not be more than three inches above the knee or can fit at the knee. Skorts with front pockets are not authorized. Skorts may be purchased from any supplier.
Jumpers must be navy blue chino or twill fabric. Knit fabric is not authorized. Jumpers must have a round or crew-neck neckline. No front or side pockets are authorized. Jumpers may be purchased from any supplier.
Girls are encouraged to wear inconspicuous solid colored shorts under skirts and jumpers.
Oxford shirts and Peter-Pan collar blouses may be short or long sleeve, white or light blue only. They may or may not have a pocket(s) and Oxfords must have a button down collar. Jersey-knit fabric Peter-Pan collar blouses are not authorized. Shirts and blouses may be purchased from any supplier.
Polo shirts (white, red, and chambray blue only; short or long sleeve) may be of mesh or interlock material, with or without cuffs, but must have two to four buttons. Polo shirts must be plain, without any logos or decorations. Collars must be plain with no ruffles, lace, or embroidery. Polo shirts may be purchased from any supplier.
All polo shirts, blouses, and shirts must have buttons all the way to the top of the garment. Shirts must be buttoned to a standard of neatness and modesty.
**Peter-Pan ruffle collar blouses and three-quarter-sleeve oxfords may be worn through the 2009-2010 school year only.
Turtlenecks with a full turned or mock collar are authorized in red or white. These may be purchased from any supplier.
Shirts, blouses, and turtlenecks must be worn tucked inside the pants, skirts, skorts, or shorts.
Pullover CMCA logo sweatshirts (not Spirit Wear sweatshirts or hoodies) may be worn as part of the regular uniform provided a uniform shirt is worn underneath and the collar or turtleneck is showing. The shirt underneath must be tucked.
Sweaters may be worn in zip-front* or button- front cardigan*, crewneck* or V-neck*, and sweater vests* V-neck styles only. Sweaters and vests must be Drifter style ONLY. Cable knits, fine-gauge cotton cardigans, and hooded sweaters ARE NOT approved uniform items. All Drifter sweaters and vests must be worn in red only. A uniform shirt must be worn underneath and the collar or turtleneck must be visible.
*All sweaters must be purchased at Lands’ End.
**The Lands’ End Cotton Cable Cardigan may be worn through the 2009-2010 school year only.
The longest sleeve of a shirt or blouse must be on the outside. T-shirts worn as an undergarment must be white, if visible.
Belts in basic colors of navy blue, brown or black must be worn by both boys and girls with pants and shorts that have belt loops. Belts must be a solid color with no embellishments, spikes, metal protrusions, beaded or painted designs. Buckles should be plain and conservative in size and style. Belts must be worn even if they do not show, such as with a sweatshirt, vest, or a sweater.
Shoes, boots or sandals must be worn at all times. For safety reasons, all footwear must be tied/buckled/zipped, etc. at all times and heels/soles must not be more than two inches high. Heelies, with or without wheels, are not authorized at any time in the school buildings. Girls may wear clog-type shoes (closed-toe mules) without a back. Shower/beach thong sandals, and flip-flops are not allowed for either boys or girls. Tennis shoes are required for gym.
Shoes must be worn at all times. Girls must wear solid-colored, navy blue, red, white, or black socks or tights. Nylons/pantyhose must be flesh colored. Leggings and footless tights are not allowed. Boys must wear solid-colored, navy blue, white, or black socks.
All students shall maintain their hair in a clean, well-groomed manner. Hairstyles must comply with the general dress code guidelines (neatness, avoidance of showiness, etc.). Hair must not be conspicuous, extreme, or odd in color or style that it would draw undue attention. If bangs are worn, they must be above the eyes.
Length of boys’ hair will be maintained as follows:
The administration will make final decisions regarding hair.
- Hair will be no longer than the bottom of the ears on the sides
- Hair in back will be no longer than the top of a dress shirt collar.
Girls may wear hair accessories.
No hats of any kind, including baseball caps, may be worn in the classroom buildings.
All jewelry must be conservative, non-offensive, and not draw undue attention. Excessive jewelry such as dog collars, large neck chains, pocket chains, safety pins, key or wallet chains, and large amounts or numbers of jewelry items are not permitted for safety reasons and for lack of compliance with the overall intent for student appearance. Girls may wear one set of small discreet earrings. Boys may not wear earrings, make-up, or nail polish. No other pierced jewelry will be allowed for boys or girls. Large dangling or large hoop-style earrings are not allowed for safety reasons. Visible tattoos are prohibited for all students. Girls in grades 6-8 may wear minimal make-up. There are to be no unusual or distracting colors, such as black lipstick. Girls may wear nail polish of a single color (to exclude black) for all fingers of both hands. No other nail decorations including jewels, initials, and patterns shall be worn.
Students may wear their choice of outerwear to and from school and during recess, but outerwear will not be worn in the classroom. Students may wear a winter jacket or raincoat while walking between buildings. Once inside any classroom all outerwear must be removed.
Students participating in Girl/Boy Scouts may wear their club uniform to school instead of their school uniform on the day of the meeting. When wearing the club/organization uniform, any article of clothing not part of that uniform must be CMCA’s uniform.
SPECIAL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
Students participating in special enrichment activities, such as Fiesta Day or the Roman Feast, may wear their costume to school on the day of the event.
Uniforms are not required for individual student pictures taken in the Fall, although they may certainly be worn if desired. Students who do not wear uniforms are expected to dress equally as formal as the uniform. Students are not allowed to wear denim; to include blue jeans, jean jackets, vests, or skirts. No tee shirts, tank tops or spaghetti straps; shirts must be collared. Shorts and skirts must follow uniform length code. Students are required to wear their uniforms for the class pictures taken in the Spring.
Grades K-8 may wear official CMCA or Vanguard Spirit Wear shirts on the second Friday of each month. Dress code must be followed for all other articles of clothing. Spirit Wear does not include Field Day t-shirts.
JEANS AND HOODIE DAY (JUNIOR HIGH ONLY)
From time to time, the administration and the Jr. High Student Council will designate a "Jeans and Hoodie" Day when junior high students are authorized to wear jeans* and hoodies (pullover or zip-up). School uniform shirts must be worn under the hoodie. Students must follow the dress code in terms of belts, socks, shoes, jewelry, hair, and make-up. Students may always wear an approved uniform instead of jeans and hoodies.
*Pant styles not allowed: Excessively tight or baggy jeans, jeans with holes or frayed hems.
New students will be required to wear a school uniform by the eleventh (11th) school day following their admittance to Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy.
Upon written request, the Building Principal, or his designee, shall make reasonable accommodations in the uniform dress code:
• to assist a specific student with special sizing and/or health requirements
• for students with disabilities or religious convictions which conflict with the uniform guidelines.
Lands' End Gift Certificates
Lands' End gift certificates may be purchased at the CMCA Main Office for 90% of their face value. A $25.00 gift certificate costs $22.50. Buying certificates through the school saves you 10% on your uniforms!
Uniform Resale Program
The PTO sponsors two Uniform Resale Days each year - in August and January.
Grocery Certificate Sales Program
Everyone is eligible to participate in the grocery certificate sales program to benefit your own family or a family of your choosing. You will receive Lands' End gift certificates equal to approximately 3% of your grocery certificate purchases. This means that for every $825.00 of grocery certificates you buy through CMCA, you will earn a $25.00 Lands' End gift certificate. Grocery certificates may be purchased from the front office. Remember that family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors buy groceries, too. Recruit them to buy grocery certificates to benefit your family's uniform purchases. Your potential earnings are unlimited.Click here to view our program flyer and review the list of participating retailers.
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