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Uniformity of Colors

Lake Ridge Schools






When was this decided?

The Lake Ridge Board of School Trustees voted to implement Uniformity of Colors on October 13, 2008. On that date, the Board also voted to assemble a committee to create Guidelines for the implementation of Uniformity of Colors.  The policy then had Public Readings on November 24 and December 8, finally becoming part of official policy on December 18, 2008.   Board Minutes are public record and may be found on the Lake Ridge website at



Who was on the committee?

The committee was comprised of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and a law enforcement person.  The committee included representatives from all five buildings.



Why are Lake Ridge Schools requiring students to wear Uniformity of Colors?

It is the belief of the Lake Ridge Board of School Trustees that requiring uniformity of color in dress will help create a more positive educational environment, free of the distractions that lead to various discipline problems.  Uniformity of color in dress can also:

  • Help parents and student resist peer pressure,
  • Reduce gang influence,
  • Enable students to concentrate on their school work,
  • Promote self esteem, and
  • Reduce clothing expense.

Other area schools require Uniformity of Color, among them Hammond, East Chicago, River Forest, Gary, Whiting and most charter schools.  All report satisfaction with the requirement and a reduction in disciplinary issues.



When will this begin?

Elementary students will be required to wear uniform colors starting next school year, 2009-2010, and middle school and high school students will be required to wear uniform colors beginning school year 2010-2011.



What will happen to my child if he/she does not wear the prescribed clothing?

Consequences for students who do not dress according to policy will be the same as for any other violation of school policy.  Each school may have a different way of handling intermediate steps, but the final outcome is that the student will not be able to attend school until properly dressed.



Won’t this be more expensive for parents?

No. There may be an initial expenditure; however, parents need to keep in mind that this is not a requirement for uniforms but rather for uniformity of color.  Students may already have red, white, or black tops and black or khaki bottoms in their closets.  Because the colors are common, parents will find that the clothing may be purchased at low-cost stores, such as Family Dollar, Brady's This Is It Stores, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Target, and other area clothing retailers.  The schools will have other suggestions available. 



My student attends a school that has its own colors.  Will my child be able to wear those colors?

Principals may decide to have spirit days on which alternative colors and spirit wear may be worn.  Unless the principal designates such a spirit day, the regular colors must be worn.