2018-19 Uniform Dress Code Policy

Approved by the Temecula Preparatory School Board of Directors on February 16, 2016 

Temecula Preparatory School is a school of choice.  In order to facilitate and maintain an effective, healthy and safe learning environment, the administration, staff, and parents of TPS have developed this Uniform Dress Code Policy (“Policy”).  The purpose of this Policy is to prepare students for the business world, prevent distractions in class and on campus, and minimize the potential for competition between students.  All students are expected to wear clothes that comply with this Policy to school each day, and on field trips, and are subject to the enforcement provisions of this Policy below.  This Policy and the school’s uniform dress code is an important part of our students’ classical education, and is part of our Student and Family Compact.  

 

This Policy has been adopted by the Board of Directors in compliance with the provisions of Article IX, section 5 of the California Constitution, and Assembly Bill 1575 (effective January 1, 2013), which prohibit the charging of any student fees for participation in an educational activity at a public school.

 

Changes to this dress code policy will not be implemented with less than six months’ notice to parents or guardians. The school will make available appropriate resources to assist any student who cannot afford a uniform that complies with the school’s uniform policy.

 

 

 

UNIFORM DRESS CODE

All clothing must fit appropriately and be conservative and modest.  Excessively tight-fitting or loose-fitting items are not allowed. All items must match the color and descriptions listed below for each area of the dress code.

REGULAR DAY DRESS CODE
PANTS & SHORTS
Color:Khaki or navy blue
Description:Twill material only.  Corduroy and denim are not allowed and rivets are not permitted.  Pants must be straight leg, slacks or trousers and have standard 4-pockets (two in front and two in back).  Pants and shorts must be worn appropriately at the waist, be of appropriate size, and be worn with a belt for students in grade 3-12.
SKORTS
Color:Khaki, navy blue, or TPS (Bel Air) plaid
Description:Skorts should be free of non-TPS logos.  Skorts must be no shorter than three (3) inches from the top of the knee all the way around.
JUMPERS – GRADES K-3 ONLY
Color:Navy blue or TPS (Bel Air) plaid
Description:Jumpers must be no shorter than three (3) inches from the top of the knee all the way around.  Dark spandex shorts worn under the jumper is recommended.
POLO SHIRTS
Color:Red, white, hunter green, or navy blue
Description:All polo shirts must include the TPS crest, on the left hand side (over the heart).  Polo shirts may be short or long-sleeved. Long sleeve shirts are not to be worn under short-sleeve polo shirts.  Shirts must be buttoned at least to the second from the top button and fit appropriately. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.  A properly tucked shirt will allow the entire belt to be visible without lifting shirt or arms. On non-assembly days, oxford shirts and blouses may be worn with or without ties.  Ties may not be worn with polo shirts.
SWEATERS
Color:Solid navy blue
Description:Only cardigans, pullover sweaters, and sweater vests are allowed.  Grades 9-12 may wear a TPS letterman’s sweater (if earned) and ONLY seniors may wear the navy blue senior pullover sweater.
NYLON WINDBREAKERS, COLLARED ZIP-UP SWEATSHIRTS, BLAZERS, AND PEA COATS
Color:Navy blue (for all types listed above) or black (for nylon windbreakers and pea coats only)
Types:Nylon windbreakers, collared zip-up sweatshirts, blazers, and pea coats are permitted.
Description:The types and colors listed above may be worn inside and outside the classroom. All described items must be clean, neat, and well fitted. Hoodie and pullover sweatshirts are not considered “pullover sweaters” or jackets regardless of the logo and are not part of the dress code, even if TPS related, and should be reserved for wear during after school activities.  For the purpose of this section, a sweatshirt is any outerwear made of sweatshirt material traditionally designed for athletic wear. Grades 9-12 may wear TPS letterman’s jackets (if earned).
COATS AND RAINCOATS
Color:Any color
Description:Coats and raincoats must be clean, neat, and well fitted.  If the coat is a color other than navy blue or black, they must be removed upon entering the classroom.  Solid red and white coats may also be worn inside the classroom when the temperature outside is 50 degrees and below. Trench coats may not be worn at school.  
BELTS
Color:Navy blue, brown or black
Description:Canvas or leather belts are permitted, no wider than one (1) inch, without logos, designs, or patterns, and with a standard plain buckle.
SOCKS AND TIGHTS
Color:Solid white, navy blue, or black
Description:Socks must be knee-length or below; cable knit socks are allowed.  Sheer knee-high socks are not permitted. Cable knit tights are allowed.  No pattern of any kind on tights.
SHOES AND LACES
Color:Black, brown, navy blue, or white
Description:Canvas or leather with minimal company logos are permitted.  K-6: Low top shoes only. 7-12: Low top or high top shoes may be worn. Shoes must cover the entire foot for safety reasons.  Heels over ½ inch and boots may not be worn on campus during school hours. Students may also wear dress shoes, such as “Mary Janes” or oxfords (same colors listed above). Rain boots are permitted on rainy days only.  They should be no higher than mid-calf.
ASSEMBLY DAY DRESS CODE
PANTS/SKORTS/JUMPERS
Color:Pants – Khaki; Skorts – TPS (Bel Air) plaid; Jumpers are an option for K-3 only – TPS (Bel Air) plaid
Description:Same description for pants, skorts, and jumpers as described in “Regular Day Dress Code”.
SHIRTS
Color:White
Description:Peter Pan collar dress blouse or oxford-style shirts, short or long-sleeved
TIES
Color:TPS (Bel Air) plaid or solid navy blue
Description:Crossover ties, banded ties, or neckties of appropriate length
SWEATERS/COATS
Color:Navy blue
Description:Solid navy blue cardigans, pullover sweaters, sweater vests, blazers, and coats are allowed.
SHOES
Description:All options listed in the “Regular Day Dress Code Shoes and Laces” section are allowed.  We encourage black, brown, navy blue, or white dress shoes, such as “Mary Janes” or oxfords on assembly days.  7-12 high-top shoes may not be worn as part of assembly attire.
Note:Assembly day attire may be worn on regular school days as well.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Hair:  Must be neat, clean, and out of the eyes.  Students may not wear spiked hair, faux hawk or Mohawk cuts.  Students may have tastefully colored hair in one natural shade (black, brown, auburn, blonde and natural red hair color) and natural colored highlights.  For the purpose of this policy, rainbow colors are not considered natural hair colors. It is encouraged that hair accessories be red, white, navy blue, green, TPS (Bel Air) plaid, or natural hair colors.

Skin: Clean with no visible body piercings or tattoos, other than ear piercings. When applicable, faces are to be clean-shaven without sideburns below the middle of the ear.

 

Jewelry:  All jewelry must be conservative, minimal, appropriate for school, and safe.  Students may wear up to two stud earrings on each earlobe, up to ½ inch below the ear; one (1) necklace, one (1) bracelet on each arm, and one (1) watch.  Hoop earrings are not allowed due to safety concerns.  Gauge earrings, cartilage piercings, ear cuffs, and more than two pairs of stud earrings, are not permitted.  Students will be asked to remove any jewelry that does not fit these requirements.  

 

Makeup and Nails:  

K-6:  Students in grades K-6 may not wear any makeup or nail polish.

7-12:  Students in grades 7-12 may wear makeup in soft, modestly applied colors. Soft natural colored eyeliner that is similar to natural eye color is allowed (e.g. brown, black, gray, blue, or green).   Nail polish on naturally shaped and natural nail lengths is allowed.  Nails must be well maintained and free of designs.  No acrylic nails.  Glitter or sparkling makeup, glosses, or nail polish are not allowed.  

 

Hats and Scarves:  Plain or TPS baseball caps may be worn for sun protection purposes during breaks, lunches, and P.E. only. Inappropriate hats will be confiscated.  Knit hats for cold weather may also be worn.  However, knit hats must be one solid color (red, white, blue, black, or green) with no visible logos, clean, and neat.  All hats with a bill must be worn with the bill facing forward.  All hats must be removed upon entering the classroom.  Scarves are also permitted and must be solid white, navy blue, green, red, or black.

 

P.E. Wear:  Students in grades 7-12 must wear a plain crew neck heather gray or navy blue t-shirt, and heather gray or navy blue shorts during P.E. classes.  P.E. shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh and no longer than below the knee.  Students may also wear a light gray or navy pullover or zip-up sweatshirt and/or light gray or navy blue sweatpants.  P.E. wear must be clean and neat, and fit appropriately.  P.E. items previously purchased from Tri-Lakes may also be worn.  Appropriate athletic shoes must be worn during P.E. for safety reasons.

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Free Dress:  If and when “free dress” is granted to students, all items of clothing worn must be clean and neat (no holes, rips or tears) and must be modest in style and in message (logos or phrases).  Leggings and jeggings are not permitted.  Tank tops, low cut, see-through, and bare midriff shirts are not allowed.  Shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh and no longer than the knee in length.  Skirts may be no shorter than 3 inches from the top of the knee all the way around.  No open toed shoes, sandals, heels over ½ an inch, or boots are allowed due to safety concerns.  

 

Patriots Day:  Students may wear shirts that represent TPS or a school polo, and either regular blue jeans or school dress code compliant pants, shorts, or skorts.  Dress code compliant shoes must be worn.  Patriot’s Day will be weekly on Friday. All items of clothing worn must represent the TPS Patriots.

 

Spirit Days:  If and when a “spirit day” is granted to students, administration will communicate expected dress.  Should students choose not to participate in Spirit Day, the regular day dress code attire should be worn.

 

Game Day:  Students who are members of a TPS team may wear approved Spirit Wear on game/competition days only if the spirit wear complies with the dress code in color and style.

 

TPS Patches: The TPS “crest” patch must be worn on the left-side of the chest (over the heart) of the regular day dress code polo shirt.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

 

Underclothes:  No article of underclothing is to ever be visible while at school or while representing TPS at a remote location.  Only a plain white tee shirt that is visible at the neck is allowed.  

 

Blankets: Blankets are not considered clothing for the purposes of the dress code and may not be brought to school for cold weather wear due to safety and health concerns.

 

Dress code items may be purchased from any source, however, the TPS logo items are available through:

 

ENFORCEMENT

 

If a student arrives at school in nonconforming clothing, the student will be sent to the office and the parent will be contacted and is expected to bring the student conforming clothing.  If the parent cannot provide conforming clothing, the student will be provided with conforming clothing by the school that must be worn for the day.  In addition, students may not alter their conforming clothing at any time that violates this Policy.

 

Such violations will be considered defiance and the consequences are as follows:

 

For the first offense, the student will be sent to the office and the parent will be notified

of his/her violation. A written warning is given to the student to make sure to review

and follow this Policy. The student must adjust their clothing to comply with this Policy prior

to returning to the classroom.

 

For all subsequent offenses, the student will be sent to the office and the parent will be

notified of his/her habitual defiance. The student will be assigned detention. The student must adjust

their clothing to comply with this Policy prior to returning to the classroom.

 

As applicable, students whose violations of this Policy continue to be habitual, further discipline will be administered which could include suspension and/or expulsion.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  In any and all cases concerning interpretation of this Policy, the school administration reserves the absolute right to determine what constitutes proper compliance.  The school will make available appropriate resources to assist any student who cannot afford a uniform that complies with the school’s uniform dress code Policy.



Students or parents requesting an exemption from any provision of this Policy for religious or other reasons should contact School Administration directly to request the exemption.

Exemption Procedure:

Any parent or guardian who chooses to exempt a student from this Policy must comply with the following procedure:

  1. The parent or guardian must submit a written request for exemption to the Head of School that includes a description of the basis for the claim as well as documentation supporting the basis for the claim. This written exemption will remain confidential and on file for the duration of the school year.

 

  1. Documentation must include but is not necessarily limited to such evidence as a doctor’s note for claims of exemption that are based on medical reasons, a letter from a religious official for claims based on religious reasons, or letters from a tribal council or other authenticating agency for claims based on cultural reasons.

 

  1. All exemption requests must be made within the first 30 days of each school year and will be handled on an annual basis, and thus must be requested annually.  Except in the case of a transfer student who enrolls after the first 30 days of school, they will be given 30 days from their official enrollment date to submit an exemption request.


Pursuant California Education Code 35183, No student shall be sent home from school or denied attendance to school, or penalized academically or otherwise discriminated against or barred attendance from school, for arriving at school in clothing that does not comply with this Policy.  Changes to this dress code Policy will not be implemented with less than six months’ notice to parents or guardians.