The Board of Education approved the implementation of school uniforms for the students in the New Brunswick Schools effective September 2010. The Board of Education believes that a school uniform dress code is a positive and cost-effective way to create a more unified, positive, and safe school climate focused more strongly on the learning process. Research has demonstrated that school uniforms increase school safety by minimizing disruptive behavior, decreasing violence, helping prevent gang activity, instilling and improving discipline, and helping maintain the focus on learning. It is expected that a school uniform dress code will promote respect for teachers, build school spirit, decrease unhealthy competition involving fashion trends and dress, ease the strain on parental clothing budgets, and allow for easy identification of intruders on campus.
For all these reasons, the New Brunswick Board of Education is implementing a school uniform dress code in all schools in grades kindergarten through twelve.
Therefore, all students are expected to comply with this new uniform dress code policy. Please be informed that failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
The following is the mandatory uniform dress code:
RELAXED FIT KHAKI STYLE PANTS, CARGO PANTS, SLACKS, TROUSERS, CAPRI PANTS, BELOW THE KNEE SHORTS
JEANS (OF ANY COLOR), PANTS WORN BELOW THE HIPS, SPANDEX STRETCH PANTS (ANY COLOR), SHORT-SHORTS, SWEATPANTS (ANY COLOR)
KILT OR KICK PLEATED (NO MORE THAN 3 INCHES ABOVE THE KNEE)
TIGHT FITTING SKIRTS, MINI SKIRTS, JEAN SKIRTS
KICK PLEATED (SOLID COLOR ONLY)
ANY OTHER SKORT
RELAXED FIT KHAKI STYLE SHORTS, CARGO SHORTS, CAPRI SHORTS BELOW THE KNEE SHORTS
ANY OTHER SHORTS
GOLD OR POLO SHIRT WITH COLLAR IN THE FOLLOWING COLORS: KHAKI, WHITE, LIGHT BLUE, NAVY BLUE, YELLOW OR WITH SCHOOL LOGO
LONG OR SHORT SLEEVES
SHIRTS WORN COMPLETELY OPEN, OVER-SIZED SHIRTS, DARK OR BRIGHT LETTERED T-SHIRTS OR TANK TOPS, ALONE OR AS A REPLACEMENT FOR UNIFORM SHIRTS
SOLID COLORS ONLY
LEGGINGS, FISHNET, NO DESIGN OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED
TAN, WHITE,LIGHT BLUE, NAVY BLUE, LIGHT YELLOW
SOLID COLOR OR SCHOOL LOGO
NO OTHER SWEATSHIRTS OR FLEECES
OUTERWEAR IS NOT ALLOWED IN CLASS. OTHER CLOTHING OR ITEMS NOT PERMITTED INCLUDE HEAD COVERINGS, HATS, HANDKERCHIEFS, WAVE CAPS, BANDANAS, AND ATTIRE PER BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY #5511Inappropriate attire includes the following, but is not limited to:
- Any shirt or top that exposes any part of the bellybutton, stomach, chest, or breasts
- Skin tight-fitting clothes
- Dresses or skirts more than six (6) inches above the knees
- Open toe shoes in restricted areas
- Pants are worn below the waistline (no sagging)
- Exposed underwear
- Headwear including curlers, stocking caps, scarves, wave caps, hats, picks, combs, etc.
- Head coverings (for either male or female students) must be removed prior to entering the building and may not be carried or visible during the school day
- Slippers and/or pajamas
- T-shirts with any other items deemed inappropriate by the school administration.
- Revealing clothing is not permitted. This includes strapless shirts and dresses, tube tops and dresses, halter-tops and dresses, off the shoulder tops and dresses, tops that expose
- the stomach, and excessively short shorts and skirts
- Clothing and/or accessories may not be worn if they have indecent or offensive messages including alcohol/drug/tobacco advertisements or inappropriate slogans, pictures, etc.
- Proper and safe footwear is required at all times. Students may not go barefooted. No slippers
- Clothing or jewelry that could cause damage to any student or school property may not be worn (e.g. spiked bracelets, choker chains, bullet belts, etc.)
- Coats are not to be worn or carried in the building once the school day has begun and must be stored in the students’ lockers
- Any clothing apparel or accessory which indicates the membership in or affiliation with any group associated with criminal activity is strictly prohibited (NJSA 18A: 11-9)
The dress code shall serve as a minimum code. The building Principal may institute school rules and regulations, which he/she deems necessary and/or appropriate.