In order to promote a safe, disciplined, and academically rigorous environment where students may attain their educational and personal goals, Meridian has adopted a policy of uniform dress. Meridian uniform policy is intended to be strict enough to support the educational goals, vision, and standards upheld by the school, yet not so prescriptive that families will find it difficult to abide by.
The purpose of the uniform policy is:
- To promote an atmosphere conducive to serious academic study and educational partnership.
- To minimize distractions and disruptions of education often caused by clothing fads and fashions (including gang wear), and the social divisions resulting therefrom.
- To aid school employees in the identification of intruders who might pose a threat to school safety.
- To unify students in educational pursuits and generate a general feeling of school spirit.
- Collared shirts, polo shirts, Henley style shirts and blouses are approved. Sweaters and light jackets in solid colors, stripes and/or plaids are permitted; however, they may not have an image on them and the hood is never to be up. Emblems allowed, but must be no larger than one inch.
- Outerwear jackets and coats are not permitted inside the classroom.
- Non-school embroidered t-shirts and non-embroidered school pullover sweatshirts are not permitted.
- Bare shoulders and midriffs are not allowed.
- Sleeves are to be no shorter than a cap sleeve.
- Shirts are to be modest. Undershirts must be worn under low tops.
- See through shirts are not permitted.
- T-Shirts may be worn under button up shirts as long as the outer shirt is buttoned up.
- Embroidered school t-shirts may be worn on Fridays.
Pants, Shorts and Skirts
- Approved pants include dress pants, slacks, cords, and cargo style.
- Pants, shorts and skirts are to be worn at the hip at all times.
- Shorts and skirts are to be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee when worn without leggings.
- If wearing leggings the top/shirt/skirt must be fingertip length.
- Colored denim is acceptable.
- No blue jeans Monday – Thursday
- Sweats, track pants, warm ups or pajama pants are not permitted.
- If wearing leggings the top/shirt must be fingertip length.
- Pants, skirts and shorts must be hemmed at the bottom with no frayed edges and no holes.
- Shoes are to be kept in overall good condition with no holes or rips.
- Flip flops are not permitted.
Additional Dress Code Guidelines
- Students must adhere to the dress code during school hours except under special circumstances that will be determined by the administration.
- Students must present a modest, clean and neat appearance at all times. All clothing must be clean, appropriately sized and correctly worn. Clothing must be worn right side out. No torn or ripped clothing is permitted.
- Hair must be kept neat, groomed and clean cut. Radical or outlandish hairstyles and irregular hair colorings (any color that doesn’t occur naturally) are not permitted. This is determined by administration. Hats may not be worn except for religious or medical reasons and must be approved by administration.
- Make-up must be appropriate for school. This is determined by the administration.
- No skulls, no drug/alcohol/gang references.
- No gauges.
- Ameritus Day is regularly scheduled for the last Thursday on each month unless otherwise notified by administration.
- Khaki/tan or navy blue slacks or skirts. (No colored denim, cargo, capris or shorts.)
- White button-up shirt, turtle neck, or blouse. (Blouse definition: a loose fitting garment, covering from the neck to the waistline, with or without a collar.)
- Navy blue or maroon blazer, dress jacket, sweater, cardigan or vest. (No coats or athletic jackets)
- Tie or scarf; primarily maroon or navy blue.
- Black or brown dress shoes.