Effective August 1, 2022, the OKCPS Board of Education approved a policy which provides that all OKCPS elementary students will wear school uniforms while all OKCPS secondary students will adhere to a dress code.
Elementary School Uniforms
Elementary students are required to wear student uniforms:
- Tops: Solid-colored shirt or long-sleeved polo shirts in designated school site colors; universal district-wide color is gray.
- Bottoms: Khaki, navy blue, or black uniform slacks, pants, joggers, dresses, jumpers, or skorts.
- Shoes: Must wear shoes, which do not pose a safety threat to self or others.
Each site can also designate other colors to be worn, which can be found through the OKCPS Uniform Color Chart that lists the schools and their designated uniform colors.
Dress Code for Middle School and High School
Secondary students shall adhere to the following dress code:
- Tops: Shirts that fully cover a student’s torso (includes stomach, back, and shoulders) without undergarments showing.
- Bottoms: Clothing that fully covers a student from the waist down to at least mid-thigh.
- Shoes: Must wear shoes that do not pose a safety threat to self or others.
- Attire shall not be see-through, sheer, mesh, or otherwise transparent.
- Pajamas and house shoes are not permitted.
- Hats are not permitted in the building.
- Hoodies are acceptable but hoods shall not be pulled up to cover the head.
The following symbols, mottos, words, or acronyms on decorations and/or designs imprinted upon or attached to the body or clothing are prohibited if they portray:
- Crude, vulgar, profane, violent, death-oriented, gang-related, hate speech, sexually explicit, or sexually suggestive images or messages.
- Advertisement of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs or drug paraphernalia.
- Identification of a student as a member of a secret or overtly antisocial group or gang or an organization that professes violence or hatred toward others.
- Visible tattoos or brands incompatible with the standards set forth herein shall be covered to prohibit their display.
No student shall be denied attendance at school or be otherwise penalized for failing to wear clothing that complies with the school uniform or dress code if such failure is due to financial hardship. The student or parent will share with a trusted school adult if obtaining the required uniform presents a financial burden.
Each school site shall develop procedures and criteria to offer to assist students who would have or are having difficulty complying with this policy and shall develop a program to assist students in obtaining clothes which comply. Assistance may be in various forms: recycle uniforms through trade or resell through a student or parent organization as a fundraising project, accept donations of clothing or financial assistance from the community, businesses, PTA, and other supporters, operate a clothing closet of available uniforms, or provide coupons for stores that sell or provide clothing meeting the uniform policy.
This policy does not apply to students using distance learning, sites where District provides educational services to students pursuant to a contract for extended educational services, or to any other sites where District personnel are not in control of the operation of the facility.
Students enrolling in Oklahoma City Public Schools for the first time during the school year shall be granted a grace period up to twenty (20) school days before being required to comply with the required uniform.
District staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, alienage, veteran, parental, family and marital status or any other basis prohibited by law that adversely affects the student.
Students who violate this policy may be subject to discipline in accordance with the District’s Student Code of Conduct.
Principals, in conjunction with sponsors, coaches, or other persons in charge of extracurricular activities, may regulate dress and grooming of student participants if the principal reasonably believes that the student’s dress or grooming creates a hazard, or may prevent, interfere with, or adversely affect the purpose, direction, or effort required for the activity. Exceptions to the student uniform may be made to meet the needs of specific classes such as extracurricular activities. Additionally, principals may designate days when the student uniform does not apply.