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CAPE's Uniform Policy
In 1995, CAPE School Council chose to investigate uniforms as a way for students to identify as being part of a group. There are numerous benefits to uniforms as reported by parents and students alike:
Over the years, the uniform pieces have been reviewed and revised.
Designated Day Wear and Physical Education uniforms are mandatory for all CAPE students. If a student arrives at school not properly attired in the school uniform, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified and that student will be marked absent from class until they return to school dressed in school uniform. The uniform policy also applies to PE (grades 4-9); no uniform, no participation in that particular class
New uniforms are available through Lands’ End online.
CAPE School Shirts (purchased through Lands’ End):
Black Bottoms for daily wear (purchased on your own or through Lands’ End)
Black Shoes (purchased on your own)
The following are acceptable mandatory gym wear:
burgundy short-sleeved T-shirt with CAPE logo
optional burgundy long-sleeved sweatshirt with CAPE logo
Running shoes MUST be worn for gym activities. Parents purchase proper footwear on their own. Shoes are not available through the school.
Appropriate black bottoms that promote movement such as track pants, gym shorts, sweat pants, etc. Specifically for students in grades 4-9, jeans, corduroy pants, khakis, are NOT appropriate and students will be asked to change before being allowed to participate.
For students in grades 4 through 9, gym wear uniform pieces are appropriate only for physical education activities. Clothing worn in PE class (T-shirt, sweatshirt, sweatpants, gym shorts, etc.) may not be worn in other classes (core, second language, study hall, lunch).
As part of the registration at CAPE, parents agree to purchase the required CAPE uniform and to ensure their child/student is dressed in proper CAPE uniform daily. The uniform supports a sense of belonging, instills pride, encourages confidence, avoids issues with what to wear, and prevents competitiveness and exclusion practices because of the latest fashion fads. All school clothing must be clean and free of holes and tears, and must fit the student well to avoid such accidents as tripping over pants that are too long.
As of the fall of 2015, the mandatory day wear will consist of a green polo shirt with the CAPE logo and black bottoms without patterns or elaborate stitching. Stockings, leggings, and high socks are also expected to be black. Shirts are not allowed to be worn under the uniform. Sweaters and hoodies worn in class over the uniform must also be the prescribed CAPE uniform with the logo. The uniform policy also applies to PE (grades 4-9) classes. Students in grades 4-9 are to wear the burgundy t-shirt with the 2014 logo and either black shorts or black sweat pants for PE. Students without proper gym wear will not be permitted to participate in that particular class.
Students are expected to have proper, separate footwear accessible for both indoor and outdoor activities (i.e. indoor and outdoor shoes). Indoor shoes are expected to be black or as close to black as possible. Shoes must be closed toe and include choices of runners, loafers, flat dress shoes. Running shoes must be worn for all gym activities. Shoes worn outside in wet or snowy conditions will be expected to be removed upon entering the school.
If a student arrives at school not properly dressed in the school uniform, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified with the expectation that proper uniform be brought to the school. After three uniform infractions, parents will be notified by letter. If there are difficulties in availability of sizes or styles of uniform separates, staff will be notified and the affected student(s) will be excused while the uniform is being ordered.
Students often wear jewelry and make-up as adornments to express beauty or individualism. While CAPE readily recognizes students as individuals, it also stresses the need for students to acknowledge and comply with societal standards.
Any jewelry must be of modest to small size. The staff reserves the right to request that students remove jewelry during activities that pose a threat of possible injury, or if the jewelry items are large or inappropriate. Facial jewelry must be removed during any physical activity.
Makeup must also be of modest amounts. Heavy, dark face make-up or lipstick is not appropriate for school wear. Students with heavy make up will be asked to go and wash their faces before returning to class.
Please ensure that your student has the full mandatory CAPE uniform. Any student not in uniform will be required to call home for uniform, sent home to change, or managed through the school’s discipline policy.