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					                           Riverside Primary School
                          Uniform Dress Code 2011-12
As required by the Cobb County School Board Policy students at Riverside Primary School are
expected to dress in a manner that promotes a positive learning environment. Beginning in
August, 2011 Riverside Primary students, in grades Kindergarten and First, will be required to
follow a school-wide uniform dress code in an effort to create an educational environment free
from distractions, dangers, and disagreements that many times are the result when student
choices are left without limits.

Research suggests that there is a direct correlation between student dress and student confidence,
achievement, and behavior. With these new uniform dress requirements, students are better able
to model appropriate dress that reflects a positive appearance, which will assist with the
development of positive character and a sense of pride. Other benefits include maintaining an
orderly and safe educational setting, increasing the focus on instruction and encouraging
responsible dress for all students. Additionally, our feeder schools, Riverside Intermediate
School, Lindley Sixth Grade Academy, Lindley Middle School, require the same uniformed
dress and it has been successfully implemented.

The School Improvement Team met in August, 2010 to discuss the issue of implementing a
school uniform dress for Riverside Primary School in 201l-2012 school year. The assistant
principal met with members of the SSP Team and members of PTA on Monday, May 23,
2011 to discuss/share the research on school uniforms worn in schools. Also, the assistant
principal spoke to and showed a large group of kindergarten parents a Powerpoint
presentation on the implementation and rationale for adopting the uniform dress on
Thursday, May 19, 2011. To get feedback from the parent community, the SSP team
agreed to send home a uniform survey. Therefore, a school wide survey was sent home in
English and Spanish totaling 220. The responses from the two surveys were totaled and our
parents were overwhelmingly in favor of the uniform dress. The school wide parent survey
results were as follows: 108 parents in favor of school uniform dress, and 7 against school
uniform dress. This represents a 94% agreement for the new dress policy by the parents.
The assistant principal communicated the results of the survey during a faculty meeting
and through In Touch. Parents were also notified of the results in person, by letters, and
through the use of the school marquee. The assistant principal spoke to the faculty on
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 to discuss the uniform dress policy. The staff was in 100% total
agreement of the new school dress policy. Parents also had an opportunity to respond to the
survey during report card pickup day on June 3, 2011. The assistant principal presented
the results of the uniform survey to the Riverside PTA Executive Board/Council on June
13, 2011. The Executive Board was in agreement with the SSP Team.

In order to accommodate parents all dress items are similar to those required at Lindley
Middle School, our feeder middle school and are readily available at area stores: K-Mart,
Wal-Mart, Target, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Burlington’s, and Kohl’s are also available. These stores
are aware of our uniform dress requirements so that they are available for purchase.

Clothing items should not include visible brand names, pictures, designs, or writing with the
exception of Riverside spiritware. Students may wear items such as jewelry and other

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appropriate expressive accessories (pins, wristbands, ribbons, etc.), as long as these items are not
a disruption to the educational environment. Any questions about the appropriateness of any item
should be discussed in advance with a school administrator. If needed, students will be allowed
to wear specific clothing for religious reasons, but parents must discuss this in advance with
school administration so that there is not confusion for the student or staff. The uniform dress
requirements will be reviewed and modified as necessary by the school administrative team
throughout the year. Students may wear any Riverside Primary School shirt and jeans on
Fridays. The jeans should fit the child with the waist of the jeans worn at the child’s natural
waistline. Baggie jeans/pants and low cut tops will not be permitted.



                                              BOYS


   Navy Blue or Khaki Pants (fitted at natural waist line)

   Black or Brown belt (if pants have belt loops)

   Plain Navy Blue, Yellow or White Shirts with a collar (polo style or oxford style;
    no sleeveless shirts)

   Plain black, white or brown tennis shoes, loafers, or boots; (no sandals, open toe
    shoes, heelies, flip flops)

   Plain white, black, brown, or navy blue socks

   Solid colored navy blue or white sweaters or long-sleeve shirts with a collar (for
    winter)



                                             GIRLS

   Navy Blue or Khaki Pants, knee length skirts (knee length is below the child’s
    fingertips when standing with hands at their side)

   Black or Brown belt (if pants have belt loops)

   Plain White, Yellow or Navy Blue Blouse/Shirts with a collar (polo style, oxford
    style blouses; no low cut or sleeveless shirts or blouses)

   Plain black, white or brown tennis shoes, loafers, or boots; (no sandals, open toe
    shoes, heelies, flip flops)

   Plain white, black, brown, or navy blue socks

   Navy Blue, Flesh Colored, Tan, Brown or White tights or leggings (for winter)

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     Solid colored navy blue or white sweaters or long-sleeve shirts with a collar (for
      winter)




The school administration is charged with the enforcement of the student uniformed dress code
requirement. The administration is given wide latitude of discretion in determining proper and
improper dress. The dress code will be enforced the third week of school in August. New
students that enter Riverside Primary during the school year will have two weeks in order to
obtain the required dress code items. If a family is in need of assistance in obtaining dress code
items, please contact Riverside Primary. All students attending Riverside Primary are required to
follow the uniformed dress code. Riverside Primary will maintain a limited supply of uniformed
dress code items for students to borrow. However, students who consistently violate the
uniformed dress code requirement will be subject to disciplinary action(s).



           Violation                                    Actions Taken

1st                            Warning: teacher sends note home

2nd                            Warning: teacher call parent with the assistance of our Parent
                               Facilitator
3rd                            Parent contacted by an administration, change of clothing,
                               parent/guardian and administrator conference

4th                            Parent contacted by an administration, change of clothing,
                               parent/guardian and administrator conference: student removed
                               from the classroom

Subsequent Violations          To be determined by administration



Questions or concerns regarding the uniformed dress code should be directed to administration




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