(CMR) Parents are being encouraged to make sure that they are fully aware of the uniform policy for all government schools. Please note the following announcement:
In consultation with the Education Council, the Ministry of Education revised the National Uniform Policy for all Government Schools.
This policy takes effect the first day of September 2018. Students must also dress in accordance with their specific school’s uniform policy. Take Pride in Your Stride is the campaign that will be used to encourage students to dress appropriately for school.
A dress code is an important component in teaching students the important life skills of presenting themselves in a well-groomed manner and in dressing for purpose. It also helps to instill in students a sense of pride and belonging.
The purpose of this policy is to outline the expectations that apply to all Government Schools in relation to the dress code. The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands (MEYSAL) is committed to working with the Department of Education Services (DES), parents, students and schools to develop welcoming, supportive and inclusive learning environments that promote the well-being of all students and staff.
Each individual school will still outline expectations with respect to their own uniform, in relation to the colour and style of socks, pants, skirts, shirts, blouses, belts, undershirts and required PE kit.
However the following are the dress code which shall apply to all Government schools:-
• Uniforms should be properly fitting.
• Skirts are required to be knee length and not above the knee
• Pants are to be worn at waist height and shirts should be tucked in.
• No undergarments should be exposed or visible through the uniform.
• All students are required to wear black shoes/sneakers that do not contain other colours.
• Boots, sandals and slippers are not allowed.
• Students are permitted to wear a watch. No other jewellery is allowed.
• Items that display connection with gangs are not allowed e.g. badges, tattoos, colours or tagging.
• Hair of female students should be groomed. Hair is required to be a natural colour, and extremes of hairstyles, such as a Mohawk, shaved lines/words, are not permitted. No beads should be worn in the hair.
• In keeping with the cultural norms of the Cayman Islands, hair of male students should be cut short. Hair is required to be a natural colour, and extremes of hairstyles, such as a Mohawk, shaved lines/words, are not permitted.
• Shaved eyebrows are not permitted.
• Makeup, nail polish and false nails are not permitted.
The entire policy can be found online at education.gov.ky and all students and their families are encouraged to read it. For more information contact Department of Education Services (DES) at 945-1199.