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School Uniforms

Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School has a school uniform policy and the expectation is that every student wear the school uniform on a daily basis.  There are many benefits to wearing uniforms among them:  

  1. School uniforms may deter crime and increase student safety.  In Long Beach, CA, after two years of a district-wide K-8 mandatory uniform policy, reports of assault and battery in the district's schools decreased by 34%, assault with a deadly weapon dropped by 50%, fighting incidents went down by 51%, sex offenses were cut by 74%, robbery dropped by 65%, possession of weapons (or weapon "look-alikes") decreased by 52%, possession of drugs went down by 69%, and vandalism was lowered by 18%.                     
  2. School uniforms keep students focused on their education, not their clothes. A bulletin published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals stated that "When all students are wearing the same outfit, they are less concerned about how they look and how they fit in with their peers; thus, they can concentrate on their schoolwork."
     
  3. School uniforms create a level playing field among students, reducing peer pressure and bullying. When all students are dressed alike, competition between students over clothing choices and the teasing of those who are dressed in less expensive or less fashionable outfits can be eliminated. In a 2013 survey by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and uniform manufacturer Lands' End, 86% of school leaders said uniforms make "a significant, positive impact on peer pressure," and 64% said uniforms reduce bullying. 
     
  4. Wearing uniforms enhances school pride, unity, and community spirit.  A 2007 study from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom found that uniforms "often directly contributed to a feeling of school pride." [45] Christopher P. Clouet, Superintendent of the New London, CT school district, stated that "the wearing of uniforms contributes to school pride." 

Thank you for sending your child to school every day in uniform!

Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School has a school uniform policy and the expectation is that every student wear the school uniform on a daily basis. Our school uniform consists of the following:

  • Dark blue, light blue, or white tops (shirts with or without collars, blouses)
  • Dark blue bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts)
  • Dark blue dresses
  • Plaid (blue and white) skirts