Taft Community School has a uniform dress code. The School Site Council and the staff have approved the dress code for the following reasons:
1. Academic: We believe the dress code policy supports the learning environment and student academic achievement by decreasing distractions that other attire may create. It creates part of the structure and expectations for students.
2. Safety: We believe the dress code creates a safer environment for students by making it easier to identify those who belong at Taft.
3. Social: We believe the dress code breaks down the status marker of clothing that can affect self-esteem by comparing what some families can afford and some cannot. This “evens the playing field” from the start and creates equity,
4. Community: We believe the dress code creates a stronger sense of community within the school, thus increasing student pride and sense of belonging.
Taft students are to wear clothing as outlined below:
All shirts are white and collared with no design or logo.
All pants, shorts, leggings, skirts, and jumpers are navy blue (no jeans.)
Dresses, skirts and shorts must be no more than 2” above the knee.
Clothing is clean, neat and in good repair.
Shoulders are covered.
Clothing is not baggy or oversized.
Shoes must have rubber soles, no heels, and be close-toed (no sandals, wheels or blinking lights.)
Sweaters &/or sweatshirts are navy blue with no designs or logo.
Clothing does not have any red on it.
The 6th grade uniform is khaki shorts, pants, or skirts and navy shirts, sweaters or sweatshirts.
Exceptions: Official Taft School or Walk-a-Thon shirts may be worn any time.Free Dress Day is the last Friday of each month
We look forward to everyone’s cooperation in our efforts to enforce this policy. It is a hardship for students, teachers, and office staff when instructional time is used to deal with students who do not comply with the policy. If a child arrives at school out of uniform, he/she will be sent to the office at before school or at recess to phone home for a change of clothing. If this continues to occur, the parent will be called to meet with the site administrator.