Dress & Grooming Policy

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El Rancho School Student Uniform, Free-dress Code and Grooming Policy

El Rancho School, Inc. uniforms are required daily for all students during the academic school year. Free-dress days are the last Friday of every month, unless notice is given that a different day has been selected. “Free dress” may also be worn during the Christmas and Spring breaks and on additional days as announced. On a few selected days during the school year, students may wear the “theme dress” (Ex. Pajama Day) or their school uniform, but not free dress. On these “theme dress” days students must abide by the Free Dress Standard below. Uniform shorts are an optional choice for wear in the early fall and late spring. Children may begin the fall school term wearing uniform shorts if they wish to do so. The school will notify parents when it is time to stop wearing shorts in the fall, and begin wearing them in the spring. New students have five school days in which to purchase uniforms.

Please do not purchase clothing that is “similar” to the uniform item. Every person has a different interpretation of “similar”. Please do not have your child wear uniform items unless they look identical to the official uniform. If you are unsure whether your item is identical, keep the sales tag, and bring it to the school and show the school principal. The school administration has the final say about what is identical.

A student, who is neat and clean, and dressed in an appropriate manner, is one who takes pride in his/her appearance. All clothing should fit properly and not so tightly that it clings to the body. Clothing should be wrinkle-free and properly maintained. Please repair hems that have come loose before the child wears the item again. Clothing that becomes stained, is missing buttons, has holes, is worn-out looking, or too small should not be worn to school. Please do not place your child in the embarrassing position of arriving at school with dingy, dirty, stained, worn-out, or too small uniforms.

Hair and fingernails should be clean and well-trimmed. The children’s hair can’t be dyed or bleached, shaved in a ontraditional pattern, worn in spikes, or other “punk” styles. Hair “tails” for boys are not acceptable, nor are designs cut in the hair. Hair accessories may only be black, white, red or navy. Girls may wear clear or pale-pink nail polish. Cosmetic make-up is not allowed. Middle school (5th – 8 th grade) girls only may wear any color nail polish on their natural nails.

Skirt length must be no shorter than the top of the kneecap or no longer than the bottom of the kneecap. Active girls should wear tights or bicycle shorts under their skirts for modesty. Girls’ walking shorts must be above the kneecap. Children with full figures generally need to wear a larger size to accommodate their waist. Please hem these garments to an appropriate length before your child wears them.

Skort length must not be longer than the top of the kneecap. It must not be shortened after purchase except in the case of a short child. Please check with the principal prior to shortening.

Shirts, must be worn and remain tucked in during class. Undershirts must be solid white and the sleeves must not extend below the uniform sleeves. Shirts that are dingy or faded may not be worn to school.

Outer garments: Please put your child’s name on anything they take off. Students wear only uniform sweaters or fleeces over their uniform when indoors. For outdoor play, jackets or coats of your choice are acceptable, and should be laundered at appropriate intervals. Backpacks, book bags, lunch boxes, binders, gloves, or hats with suggestive or unpleasant writing or designs are unacceptable. The principal has the final decision whether writing or designs are unacceptable at school.
Note: If your child’s shirt or sweater sleeves are too long, please hand-sew the cuffs up one turn to keep it out of their way. Otherwise they become a distraction, badly soiled, and many students chew holes in them. Only gloves in which the finger and palm areas have a non-slip surface can be worn on the play equipment.

When your child’s sweaters, book bags, and other personal items are left unattended, our staff needs to be able to hang them back on the coat hooks where they belong. Some parents object to their child’s name being visible on backpacks, etc. because it allows strangers off-campus to know their child’s name. Please put your child’s school coat hook number on their personal items. Numbers are posted on the parent-information board across from the restrooms. This prevents their items from going into Lost & Found

Jewelry: Students may wear neck jewelry provided it is tucked inside their shirt and not visible. Girls, but not boys, may wear one pair of simple post, but not dangling, earrings that are black, white, navy, red, silver, or gold. Students may have no other body-piercing jewelry. Ear cuffs, anklets, and bracelets are not acceptable. Middle school (6-8th grade) girls only may wear one simple visible necklace that is in harmony with the school uniform; no BFF necklaces as they exclude others. They may also wear simple post, but not dangling, earrings in any color.

Footwear: School year – Black, brown, navy, red, or predominantly white shoes are required, and must be flat with closed heel and toe. Platform shoes, high heels, jellies, Crocks (or Crock type), hiking boots, shoes with glitter, characters, lights, gold, silver or studs or other jewelry are not acceptable. Ankle boots and knee-high riding boots with no heel are acceptable, for girls. On free-dress days, closed-toe sandals may be worn providing they have a back strap. Platform shoes, high heels, jellies, Crocks, and flip-flops are not safe for active play, and are not allowed even on free-dress days. We require closed-toe shoes. If you are unsure if your child’s selection of footwear is uniform-friendly, please purchase and keep the receipt. Do not have him/her wear them until you have checked with the school.

Physical Education Clothing: The P. E. teacher will send out a notice in the Wednesday folder if any sports activity equires clothing other than the school uniform. On P.E. days, all students must wear sports shoes and girls wear shorts or bicycle shorts, under their skirts or jumper. For girls, dress or Mary Jane type shoes, that can slip off or have slippery soles, are not safe for P.E. and are not allowed.

Spirit Rallies: Children are encouraged to wear their spirit rally shirt to school with their school uniform pants, skirt, etc., on designated spirit rally days. Shirts may be ordered the first few weeks through the school.

FREE DRESS STANDARD:

Clothing: Students may wear clean, modest, well-maintained, proper-fitting clothing of their choice, using the general guide of appropriateness. Students may not wear costumes, pajamas, or “low rider” pants or shorts to school. Spaghetti strap tops (straps must be at least one inch wide), tube tops, mid-riff tops that show the belly, shorts with an inseam shorter than five inches, basketball jerseys without an undershirt, or other immodest clothing is inappropriate. Summer Only: Bathing suits must be modest; girls may not wear string or very small bikinis.

Shoes, Socks, Jewelry, and Hair: Same as Uniform Policy, except shoes, socks, tights, hair ribbons, and barrettes may be any color or combination of colors and can be decorated.

Inappropriate Messages: Suggestive, unpleasant, or inappropriate words or designs on backpacks, lunch or book bags, binders, book covers, bathing suits, hats, gloves, games, or clothing are strictly prohibited. If you are unsure if the message on your child’s clothing or belongings may be a prohibited item, please re-read the school’s Character Development Program on our website www.elranchoschool.com. If your item is not in the spirit of this program, it is inappropriate.

If your child is in violation of this policy, a note will be sent home to you. We will not discuss the violation with your child unless the child caused the violation while at school, or their modesty needs to be maintained. If you have any questions, please contact the school principal.

Student Uniform Specifications

Uniforms are purchased at www.LandsEnd.com. “Lands’ End” brand is required unless noted.

BOYS: Kindergarten – Eighth Grade:
Basic Required Uniform:
Pants, Navy Elastic Back Twill
Shirt, Red Polo Short Slv w/ Logo
Jacket, Micro Fleece w/ Logo
or Sweater, Navy Cardigan w/ Logo
Navy or White Crew Sock
Optional items:
Pants, Navy Full Elastic Waist Twill
Pants, Navy Flat Front, Athletic Cut
Shorts, Navy Elastic Back Twill
Shorts, Navy Full Elastic Waist Twill
Shorts, Navy Long Length, Flat Front
Shirt, Red Polo, Long Slv w/Logo
Navy Belt
Navy Stretch Belt
Optional for 5th-8th Grade Boys Only: Navy cargo shorts and/or pants
Optional Outerwear: May not be worn in the classroom: Jacket, Fleece Lined Hooded w/ Logo

GIRLS: Kindergarten – Second Grade:
Basic Required Uniform:
Jumper, Plaid 4 Pleat, Drop Waist, V-Neck
Blouse, White Round Collar- Short Slv w/ Logo (Must be worn w/ jumper above, only)
Jacket, Navy Girls Micro Fleece w/ Logo
or Sweater, Navy Cardigan w/ Logo
Navy, white, red, or black ankle, knee socks, or tights
Navy, white, red, or black bike shorts

GIRLS: Third – Eighth Grade:
Basic Required Uniform:
Wrap Front Plaid Skort
or Skirt, Plaid 4-pleat
Shirt, Red Girls Polo Shirt, Short Slv
Jacket, Navy Girls Micro Fleece w/ Logo
or Sweater, Navy Cardigan w/ Logo
Navy, white, red, or black ankle, knee socks, or tights
Navy, white, red, or black bike shorts
Optional items:
Shirt, Red Girls Polo Shirt, Short Slv
Shirt, Red Pique Polo, Long Slv w/Logo
Pants, Navy Full Elastic Waist Twill
Pants, Navy Mid-rise flat front
Pants, Navy Girls Elastic Back Twill
Shorts, Navy Full Elastic Waist Twill
Shorts, Mid-Rise w/ Lycra
Leggings – Navy, white, red, black (For wear under Jumper or Skirt Only)
Tights – Navy, white, red, black (For wear under Jumper or Skirt Only)
Navy Belt
Hair Accessories (Plaid scrunchie, miniclips, ponytail bow, headband)
Optional for 5th-8th Grade Girls Only + all options above:
Wrap Front Navy Skort and or Skirt

All Girls optional outerwear: May not be worn in the classroom: Jacket, Navy Fleece Lined Hooded w/ Logo

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