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Mandatory School Uniform Policy for Students

The Thew dress code was established to help increase a sense of pride for learning. We want each child to reach his or her potential in an environment that is safe and free from learning distractions. We want learning to be the focus for our children. We look forward to the positive impact school uniforms will have on the academic environment and the safety of our school. 

Thew Elementary School Uniforms 

Uniform Colors

Shirts - Maroon, Light Blue, White, or Navy Blue

Bottoms - including jumpers-Navy, Black or Khaki


Shirts shall be worn as follows:

  • Polo/golf style shirts with short or long sleeves and a plain collar.

  • White button down shirt/blouse with a plain collar.

  • Turtleneck or mock turtleneck. 

  • Shirts must be tucked in.

  • Navy blue crewneck sweatshirts/button up sweaters/pullover sweaters or sweater vests may be worn.


Bottoms shall be worn as follows:

  • Slacks, capris, walking shorts, jumpers, skorts, skirts or skooters.

  • Girls:

    • Shorts, jumpers, skorts, skirts, and skooters must measure no higher than 4 inches from bottom of the knee.

    • No leggings worn independently, must be solid, to be worn under skirts

    • On P.E. days navy or khaki shorts must be worn under a skirt or jumper. 

  • Boys:

    • Shorts may not be longer than 4 inches below the knee. 

    • No denim jeans, sweatpants, wind-pants, athletic pants, hip hugger, low ride, carpenter, sag, baggy, spandex, or leggings may be worn. 

  • Belts should be worn in the belt loops allowing pants to fit at the waist.


Socks/Shoes shall be worn as follows:

  • Socks must be worn and be solid in color and matching. Styles may include ankle, mid-calf, knee socks or tights. 

  • For safety reasons, students must wear closed toed shoes. Athletic sneakers must be worn on P.E. days. Closed-toed, flat heeled dress shoes, may be worn on non-P.E. days. 

Outerwear shall be worn as follows:

  • Jackets and coats are exempt from the uniform color requirements. However, only uniform colored jackets may be worn inside

Other dress code regulations:

  • Students and clothing must be clean and well-groomed. 

  • On announced special days (via written or email), the dress code may be modified by the administration. 

  • In addition to the Thew Uniform Policy, any and all student dress requirements already outlined by Tempe Elementary School District #3 must be observed. 

  • Makeup is not allowed. Chapstick or clear lip-gloss may be used as needed for chapped lips.

New Enrollees:

Students newly enrolled, who don’t come in uniform, will be provided with a loaner uniform for the day. New students will have 5 days to comply with the uniform policy. 

Enforcing the School Uniform Policy:
Teachers will check for compliance with the uniform policy daily.

The teacher will review the policy with all students at the beginning of the year, whenever new students arrive, and periodically as needed to ensure student understanding.

If a child is not following the uniform dress code policy, the school will provide the child with the proper attire. Parents of students in violation of the policy may be notified if repeated violations occur.

Potential Benefits of School Uniforms:

  • Instill students with discipline, pride, and school spirit. 

  • Help school staff recognize intruders on campus. 

  • Help prevent gang related clothing and insignia. 

  • Eliminate the competition among students related to clothing. 

  • Help students concentrate on schoolwork.

  • Financial savings due to cost of uniforms versus other school clothes. 

  • Increase safety within the neighborhood.

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