UNIFORMS AT PS 354Q
Uniform is FULLY enforced at PS 354Q - The Jermaine L. Green STEM Institute of Queens. Every student must wear the school uniform from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, students are allowed to wear their own clothing. Returning to wearing uniforms is a schoolwide initiative to increase learning and reduce opportunities for bullying or harassment. Students will receive dojo points for wearing their uniforms, increasing their chances for school rewards.
Uniforms, currently, mean the following:
- White or navy-blue shirt (Items with the school logo are optional)
- Navy blue pants, skirt, or jumper
- For Physical Education: T-Shirt/PS 354Q sweatshirt and PS 354Q sweatpants
- School hoodies are acceptable as long as the school bottoms are navy.
NO SHORTS ARE PERMITTED TO BE WORN IN SCHOOL
NO RIPPED JEANS
NO OPEN-TOED SHOES
We appreciate your support of this initiative!
BENEFITS OF WEARING UNIFORM
Uniforms promote unity and eliminate clothing competition. There are benefits to wearing the school uniform.
- Cohesion and Equality: This removes any preconceived ideas about what to wear, allowing for greater cohesion and commonality. Therefore, uniforms demonstrate a clear message of equality.
- Group Identity: Uniforms allow students to feel part of something greater than themselves, thereby developing a stronger concept of group identity.
- Increased Safety: School uniforms help teachers and school administrators identify who is a student and who isn’t, even from a distance. This is extremely helpful on school trips. This makes it easier for them to keep students safe and away from unauthorized areas. Likewise, staff and students can soon identify anyone on the school grounds without a uniform as an outsider or possible intruder by their lack of uniform.
- Dress Code Equality: When schools allow children to wear their own clothes to attend school, this creates the need for a long list of unacceptable clothing variations that staff must check for every day, which takes away from the instruction. Such dress codes are often harsher for girls than for boys, with everything from skirt lengths to shoulder straps coming under scrutiny. School uniforms avoid a lot of this policing by creating a standardized dress code that’s easy for all children to follow.
- Reduced Potential for Bullying: Unfortunately, a child’s clothing choices can offer school bullies more motives to make fun of them, talk about them with other students, or even hurt them in a physical way. School uniforms help to reduce the chance for this by making everyone wear the same clothes. Students also have to wear the same uniform every day. This means that socioeconomic differences between students won’t be as obvious as they might be if a child were to wear the same non-uniform clothes every day.
- Streamlined Morning Preparation: Mornings can be chaotic enough without the added pressure of choosing or double-checking your child’s wardrobe choices for a day at school. There is only one choice each morning causing an easier morning routine.
- Less Distracting Learning Environment: Looking at what other students are wearing or worrying about what they’re wearing can be a big distraction for children. By removing fashion as a distraction, school uniforms help keep children focused on their work. As they develop an association between their uniform and learning, simply putting on their uniform helps a child get into the right mindset, preparing them for a day of working hard and focusing.