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Uniform Policy

Hilldale School
2019-2020 School Uniform Policy

In order to maintain a sense of school spirit, decorum, and discipline, all Hilldale students are expected to respect the school’s decisions regarding acceptable clothing and accessories worn during school hours. Parents are asked to support the standards so that exceptions do not occur. Students are expected to be in uniform each day except on “Free Dress” days. Parents may refer to the Uniform Requirements for specific information on the acceptable dress items. How the students dress will reflect on both the students and on the school.


“Full Dress” is required for picture day, special events, and whenever requested by the administration. Special requirements of “Full Dress” days include a jumper (K-4) and skirt (5-8) for the girls (no pants), pants for the boys (no shorts), a belt for the boys, the appropriate shirts, dress shoes (dark leather or leather-like shoes for boys and dark flats for girls), and Hilldale sweaters with the embroidered Hilldale logo.


All classes will conduct dress inspection each morning. Students who are not satisfactorily dressed will be issued Uniform Infraction Notices via JupiterEd. If the infraction is minor, the students may remain in class. For major infractions, the child will be given clothes to change into, if possible, and then allowed to return to class. These clothes must be washed and returned. If these borrowed clothes are not returned, we will assume that you are buying them and send you a bill. Repeated or serious infractions of the dress code will result in the child being sent to the office until a parent can bring the appropriate clothing or pick up the student for the day. Parents will be notified of uniform infractions with each offense, and infractions will affect your child’s character education grade on his or her report card. Three infractions equals a 30 minute detention.


Spare Clothes: All students in Kindergarten (and others on a case by case basis) should have a set of spare clothes in their cubby for use in case of bathroom accidents (these clothes can be Lands’ End look-a-likes). If your child has an accident and needs to borrow clothes from Hilldale, clothing must be washed and returned. If these borrowed clothes are not returned, we will assume that you are buying them and send you a bill.


All uniform items MUST be purchased from our supplier, Lands’ End, located at www.landsend.com. You may click the button on our website’s homepage for easier use.  Once at the website, choose the school uniform option and enter in Hilldale School or enter in our school id: 900150855. Choose the gender and age of the student in order to view the specific uniform options. Please look for the Dress Code Guidelines listed in smaller print for each item. All students MUST purchase all uniform items from Lands’ End. If you are having financial difficulties in purchasing school uniforms from our supplier, you may contact the principal for special assistance. NO CLOTHING SUBSTITUTIONS will be allowed. 


For Full Dress, ALL STUDENTS must purchase a RED school uniform BOY’S Cotton Modal Fine Gauge V-Neck. This is a unisex sweater. (The performance gauge sweater will be allowed for the 19-20 SY as well. The Drifter sweater will no longer be allowed.) See the link for additional specifics.


Boys Full Dress:

Navy blue plain front chino pants, red V-neck sweater with the Hilldale logo, white interlock polo shirt (short or long-sleeved, standard or tailored fit, socks (white, black, or navy blue), clean, plain-colored dress shoes (solid colors: black or brown), and a dress belt (black or brown).


Boys Options for regular non-full dress days:

Navy blue, flat front, chino shorts or pants; short or long-sleeved, white or red interlock polo (standard or tailored fit); red fleece; red cardigan; red vest; or red, zip-up sweater.  Plain-colored (white, black, or navy blue) socks and casual shoes (white, black, brown, navy blue, or red) or minimally striped sneakers. No fluorescent colors or laces.


      Girls Full Dress:

Grades K-4: Navy blue “Girls’ Ponté Pleated Jumper,” girls' white, knit, peter pan polo shirt (short or long-sleeved), red V-neck sweater with the Hilldale logo, tights or socks (above the ankle or to the knee in length, navy blue or white in color), and dress shoes (black, brown, or navy blue). No heels. No leggings.


Grades 5-8: Navy blue “Girls Pleated Ponté Skirt;” Feminine Fit, white, Interlock Polo Shirt (short or long-sleeved); red V-neck sweater with the Hilldale logo; tights or socks (above the ankle or to the knee in length, navy blue or white in color); and dress shoes (black, brown, or navy blue). No heels. No leggings.


Girls Options for regular non-full dress days:

Navy blue, flat front, chino shorts or pants; Ponté button front skort; Ponté Pleated Skirt; short or long-sleeved, white polo; red interlock polo (5-8th); short-sleeve, red polo dress; navy blue Ponté dress (NEW!); red fleece; red cardigan; red vest; red, zip-up sweater; navy blue, white, or black leggings which are worn in conjunction with the jumper; plain-colored (white, black, or navy blue) socks and casual (white, black, brown, navy blue, or red) shoes or minimally striped sneakers. No fluorescent colors or laces.  


No other former uniform items or items from non-Lands’ End stores are allowed. Students who wear uniform items from another company or local store will be considered out of uniform.

All boys in Grades K-8 and girls in Grades 5-8 must purchase at least ONE, Short Sleeve White Polo Shirt with the Hilldale School embroidered logo from Land’s End for field trip purposes. Hilldale T-Shirts may be purchased and worn on “dirty” field trips and spirit days. Otherwise, the polo with logo must be worn. Teachers will inform families when T-shirts are allowed. One T-shirt will be provided by the school for each new student. Additional T-shirts and sizes may be purchased for both students and adults by going to Landsend.com.

There are fleece and T-shirts available from Lands’ End for parents as well as students. While students are only able to choose the red fleece, adults are welcome to purchase the fleece in navy blue or red. The logo stitching is in white. A portion of the proceeds from all uniform purchases (fleece included) goes to the Hilldale School Family Association.


Other dress rules include:

  1. All students must wear a complete uniform; The Hilldale V-neck sweater is to be worn on “Full Dress” days. Students may substitute other Hilldale sweater styles or the fleece when they feel the need for a sweater while indoors on non-full dress days.
  2. In the classroom, only Hilldale sweaters and fleeces may be worn over the uniform.Outer garments are to be placed on hooks, in cubbies, or in lockers, and may be worn during P.E., recess, lunch time, or outside during after school when outside. These items may not be hung on chairs or worn in class.
  3. Sweatshirts, sweat jackets, and hoodies of any kind are not allowed inside or outside of class (except on free dress days). 
  4. In order to maintain a neat appearance, shirts must be tucked in at all times except during P.E. or recess. If a student doesn’t tuck in his or her shirt on a reccurring basis, he or she will receive a uniform infraction for each offense. Multiple infractions may be given in any one day.
  5. Girls are allowed to wear Hilldale pants, (and are encouraged to do so on P.E. days) except on “Full Dress” days. On “Full Dress” days, girls must wear skirts or jumpers (shifts). See the calendar for scheduled “Full Dress” days.
  6. P.E. clothes may be purchased from Lands' End, but this is only an option. If you choose to purchase closes for P.E. which are not from Lands' End, you may use the styles there as a guide. Students in grades 6-8 are required to change into P.E. appropriate clothes.
  7. Girls’ skirts and jumpers should be no shorter than 1" above mid-knee cap. Please check skirt lengths.
  8. It is recommended that girls wear bike shorts or tights under skirts or jumpers for modesty and/or warmth. Tights must be white or navy blue. Navy blue, white, or black leggings may be worn in cold months if they are free of embellishments such as lace, ruffles, buttons, etc. These leggings (socks, belts, tights) do not need to be purchased from Lands’ End, but are also available at Lands’ End. Otherwise, tights should be substituted.
  9. Pants are to be appropriately sized, worn from the waist, and purchased from Lands’ End. No alternate styles or brands are allowed. Belts are optional except on “Full Dress” days.
  10. Shirts must be buttoned (except the top button - optional) and tucked in at all times. The only item which may be worn under a shirt is a plain white undershirt or a plain white undergarment.
  11. T-shirts may not be substituted for the polo unless specifically noted.
  12. Shoes must be in a clean, attractive condition, of a plain color (solid colors: black, brown, white, navy blue, or red), and must be suitable for running and play. For safety: flip-flops, dress boots, shoes with high heels, platform heels, open toes, or open heels are not permitted. In inclement weather, students may wear rain or warm boots. In these cases, a change of shoes may be brought for the classroom. Minimal striping or colors are allowed on regular dress days.
  13. All clothing items are to be clean and have no obvious holes or large stains.
  14. Jewelry may only be worn in very modest amounts. Small, modest stud earrings only; plain colored watches that do not beep or make noise, and non-visible necklaces worn because of religious beliefs are acceptable. Nose, eyebrow, lip, or tongue jewelry is not permitted. Boys may not wear earrings. For safety, girls may not wear dangling or hoop earrings.
  15. Hair should be neatly combed or brushed, trimmed, and attractive in appearance, and it is suggested that it be pulled back for girls (for safety). Bizarre, extreme, or unusual hairstyles or unnatural coloring are not permitted. Bangs below the eyebrows are not permitted. Boys’ hair must be neat, and preferably trimmed above the collar and ears. Rat-tails, facial hair, or shaved heads are not allowed. Long hair which covers a student’s eyes is not permitted.
  16. Girls’ hair ribbons must be modest in style, size, and color. Lands’ End sells uniform headbands. Otherwise, hair accessories may be red, navy blue, white, or black.  
  17. No perfumes, colognes, make-up, tattoos, or other writing on the skin are allowed.
  18. Hilldale allows once-monthly “Free Dress” Days (please see the calendar for exact dates, as certain months are omitted due to holidays or special dress days). On these days, uniforms are not required; however, clothing must be neat and practical for school. It should not be immodest or have printing that is vulgar or refers to sex, violence, drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. Sweats may not be worn. For safety, even on free dress days: flip-flops, shoes with high heels, platform heels, open toes, or open heels are not permitted. For safety, girls may not wear dangling or hoop earrings even on free dress days.
  19. Sweatshirts are allowed on free dress days only.
updated 8/2019