Sankofa Montessori Uniform Guidelines




Student Dress Code Policy 

Sankofa Montessori students are required to wear a uniform daily. We will provide assistance to any families who are unable to afford the cost of the uniform.
The school is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size.

● Basic principle: certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times. Clothes must be worn in a way such that undergarments, buttocks, upper thighs, and chests arefully covered with opaque fabric.
● Students must wear, while following the basic principle above: Sankofa Montessori Shirt /Top/Dress:
● Approved school shirt or dress with Sankofa Montessori logo (Sankofa
Montessori polo shirt, Sankofa Montessori t-shirt, etc.)
● Long or loose-fitting shirts must be tucked-in.
● All new children receive one free uniform shirt. You may purchase additional
from our uniform vendor.
● Coats are not to be worn inside the classroom. If needed for comfort, children
may wear a solid-colored jacket, sweatshirt, sweater, fleece, pullover, or
cardigan with no logo or adornment (other than Sankofa Montessori outerwear).
Pants / Skirts / Bottoms:
● Solid-colored slacks, khakis, shorts, or skirts. Shorts/skirts should be at least
● Leggings or tights are permitted in solid colors, provided that they be worn
underneath skirts or shorts (except that Kindergarten students do not need the
layer over leggings).
● Must be plain – no markings, logos, patterns, textures (including no “distressed” garments, etc.)
● No sweatpants, athletic gear, jeggings, or jeans.
● Pants must be worn at the waist; no sagging of pants will be permitted.
● Shoes should be easy for children to put on and remove independently.
● Shoes must be worn at all times, both indoors and outdoors.
● For safety, no heels, “heelies,” flip flops, or anything dangling, no open toed
● Socks or tights must be plain and solid colored.
● Students cannot wear:
○ Violent language or images
○ Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity)
○ Hate speech, profanity, pornography
○ Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on
any protected class or consistently marginalized groups
○ Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments
○ Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice)
○ Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon
○ Hats, scarves, or other accessories that are not core to the students’ outfit and
could become easily lost

● Jewelry: One pair of stud earrings only. No other jewelry may be visible (e.g.
necklaces must be under one’s shirt, etc). For safety, no rings or bracelets may be worn to school by students.
● Change of clothes: Kindergarten children are required to have one emergency
change of pants and underwear kept at school.
○ Physical education shirts: There is no gym uniform and students may not change clothes for P.E. or recess.
○ Uniforms on field lessons: Due to safety reasons, students must wear their
uniform on field lessons. In the event of an emergency, wearing the uniform will
allow staff to quickly identify a student.