A Uniform Policy

Uniform PolicyIn order to create a consistent and safe environment that is free of distractions, Imagine Andrews Public Charter School has instituted a uniform dress code for all students. We believe that a higher standard of dress encourages greater respect for individuals, students and others, and results in a higher standard of behavior. In other words, students who come to school dressed properly will excel academically and conduct themselves appropriately while at school.

This belief is supported by research into the benefits of uniforms, though conventional wisdom suggests that mandatory uniform policies benefit students on specific behavioral issues (attendance and self control) and academic outcomes. Uniform policies also affect school environments and student outcomes by providing a visible and public symbol of commitment to school improvement and reform.

Moreover, Imagine Andrews is a National model for innovation in public education. Thus, “excellence in all we do” must permeate everything at Imagine Andrews, including how we dress. Parents are also to be reminded that our “high profile” nature, coupled with our proximity to Washington, DC, makes us easily accessible to some of the Nation’s most highly regarded leaders and other people of great prominence. With that said, the Uniform and Dress Code Policy was crafted in an effort to ensure that we “look the part” and represent our school community, Imagine Schools, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and Joint Base Andrews with pride and with excellence.

The Imagine Andrews uniform consists of:

MALES

SHIRTS
Short or long sleeve white oxford style shirt, pressed, free of stains and buttoned all the way up. Shirts should be completely tucked into student’s pants. Plain Solid, white undershirts that are free of logos are required and are to be worn underneath the oxford shirt.

SWEATERS
Red cardigan sweater (optional)Red V neck sweater (optional)

TIE
Ties will be required for male students in grades 1st – 7th; male students can wear neckties**Ties should be clean and free of stains. When wearing the Imagine Andrews V-neck sweater, the neck tie should be tucked inside of the sweater.

PANTS
Khaki pants or shorts (pleated or flat front) should be well-pressed and worn on student’s waists. Cargo pants are not permitted.

BELTS
Belts must be solid khaki or solid black ONLY.  Belts must be worn if there are belt loops on the pants.

SHOES/SOCKS
Shoes – Uninterrupted black sneakers are required; sneakers should be solid black, have black shoelaces, and soft soles.  Students are not permitted to have open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops.

Socks – Students are required to wear plain black or white cotton socks; student socks should be free of any other colors and logos.

FEMALES

SHIRTS

Short or long sleeve white oxford style shirt, pressed, free of stains, and buttoned all the way up. Shirts should be completely tucked into student’s pants/scooters.  Plain Solid, white undershirts that are free of logos are required and are to be worn underneath the oxford shirt.

SWEATERS
Red cardigan sweater (optional)Red V neck sweater (optional)

TIE
Ties will be required for females in grades 1st – 7th; female students can wear crossbow or neck ties.Ties should be clean and free of stains. When wearing the Imagine Andrews V-neck sweater, the necktie should be tucked inside of the sweater

PANTS/SCOOTERS
Khaki pants or shorts (pleated or flat front) should be well pressed and worn on student’s waist. Cargo pants are not permitted.  Khaki color scooters can be worn by female students; scooters must minimally reach the student’s knee caps.

BELTS
Belts must be solid khaki or solid black ONLY. Belts must be worn if there are belt loops on the pants.

SHOES/SOCKS/TIGHTS
Shoes – Uninterrupted black sneakers are required; sneakers should be solid black, have black shoe laces, and soft soles.  Students are not permitted to have open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops.

Socks – Students are required to wear plain black or white cotton socks; student socks should be free of any other colors and logos.

TIGHTS
Female students have the option of wearing tights w/ their scooters. Tights must be solid white and free of holes and designs.

Ties are required for students in grades 1st-7th, and optional for students in kindergarten. Red sweaters are an optional accessory. Students have a choice between the vest and the cardigan, and boys and girls can wear either of the two. However, they must be purchased from our vendor to ensure they bear an official Imagine Andrews logo.

All required uniform items — shirts, ties, and sweaters/cardigans — must be purchased from our vendor, Flynn O’Hara Uniforms.  Click here to order.

Khaki pants, skirts/scooters, and shoes may be purchased elsewhere. Parents may choose when students wear short- or long-sleeve shirts, and shorts or long pants. Scooters/skirts may also be worn at the parents’ discretion.

[Note: Scooters are skirts with “built-in” shorts. They differ from skorts because they have a “full skirt” look. We recommend that female students wear scooters for added privacy. However, parents may use their discretion as long as the child’s skirt is khaki- colored and meets the length requirement (must reach the top of the student’s knee caps)].

All parents must understand and agree with the dress code prior to the opening of school. Students are expected to be in their school uniforms on the first day of school. The complete school uniform policy can be found in the Parent Handbook.