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Upper Coomera State College Please review your uniform Policy to keep our kids warm in winter.

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Upper Coomera State College, established in 2003, is a state school situated in the developing Coomera area in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is operated by Education Queensland. As of 2007, the school has grades Prep through 12

Upper Coomera State College Please review your uniform Policy to keep our kids warm in winter.

I think the policy is over the top and some lead way should be given in winter months.

now i was reviewing the policy of uniforms and it says pants and slacks are on given permission from prep-6.

so what about the secondary children? i was made aware today that boys are allowed to wear slack and girls are allowed stockings? i would like to ask do the teachers actually know how cold it is for all students? i bet they are warm and rugged up?

I am Stacey Jaundrell and have two boys in secondary college and one daughter in junior college, But since its so cold i am concerned over the health of my children and my family.

I suffer from a rare cancer and have a very LOW immunity and having 5 children i can't afford to have any more illnesses at home or my children miss time away sick from school/daycare.

Now that its so cold my boys are freezing inside the classroom and outside and at school,(my son is so worried about wearing non school policy pants to keep warm and fear he will get a detention)

Not all families can afford the $53 from the lowes men wear shop at helensvale (This was approved via email from the UCSC)

I was asked if i could pay this, and i couldn't not right away, i spoke with with principal who is helping by purchasing these and i have to pay back via finance.

I have 5 children two are in daycare and 3 at school and bills and having my health concerns (rare cancer and chemo) each dollar means a lot to us, where as i could afford cheaper pants for them.

I notice its states also under the policy 'All uniform items are to be purchased in the college uniform shop, Look-a-like items are not acceptable. Students are to purchase the appropriate size clothing.' So if the uniform shop doesn't sell them or stock them how do our children keep warm if you can't wear look like items'? but i was given the okay by Principal and miss gurney that its okay in this exception?

The only Winter uniform i see for secondary college students are winter jackets and jumpers as per policy?

if you children are cold how do we expect our kids to learn in happy and adjusted setting? it doesn't happen, they are cold and can't function properly.

but we also need the uniform to be affordable some people have bigger families. and saying no to any suitable pants options , But can only these pants at $53 for one pair is just expensive!

why not have two options, sports pants for sports day and slacks for formal?

also the information i got from two different people principal and miss Gurney)was the uniform shop did stock the pants then another was it didn't ended up not (Conflicted information) and i was informed today there was NO INTEREST of them being sold so they never restocked from 3-5 years ago.

wouldn't it be better if parents keep them warm and they function and absorb all the education they can while at school then some silly pants once warm they can remove later on?

I will rephrase it doesn't need changing as such but provisions made to accommodate and reflect the school community and winter months (where kids could wear track pants or slacks in grey and remove once they are warm)

There are also strict rules regarding the type of footwear allowed, but one parent said that even then, it was hard to get it right.
‘I can’t really afford them, not on income support. But I’ve got to somehow do it because my son’s education is important.’

No where in the policy did it say boys could wear grey slack pants if you look under school uniform policy section 6 it states 'track pants are permitted in years P – 6 only. These items are not part of the secondary school uniform.'

And section 1 states ' All uniform items are to be purchased in the college uniform-shop. Look-a-like items are not acceptable. Students are to purchase the appropriate size clothing' please refer here https://uppercoomerasc.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/Policies%20and%20procedures/dress-code-policy.pdf

https://uppercoomerasc.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/uniform-price-list.pdf  uniform list here and not anywhere does it even state you can privately purchase slacks i only knew as i got emails after asking miss Gurney and principal and this should be make public and the policy readjusted to reflect this information.

Acceptable Uniform Policy as from the school Policy Handbook

DRESS CODE STATEMENT
Under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, a Principal may
develop a dress code to apply when students are attending or
representing the school.

The following Student Dress Code clearly explains and documents
standards of acceptable dress within Upper Coomera State College. The
College Dress Code is endorsed by the P&C Association.
UNIFORMS

The school uniform is advocated by the school community for the following reasons:

• Ready identification of students and non-students at school promoting student safety;

• Promoting the college values of Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe;


• It develops mutual respect among students through minimizing visible evidence of economic or social differences;

• It gives students a sense of personal pride in their own appearance;

• The link between dress standards, school discipline and academic success;

• Fostering a sense of belonging and
• Developing mutual respect among students and the wider
community.

The college urges all parents to support the accepted standard of dress
by ensuring their students follow the dress code policy as outlined below
DRESS CODE POLICY

Uniform
1. All uniform items are to be purchased in the college uniform
shop. Look-a-like items are not acceptable. Students are to purchase the appropriate size clothing.

2. Students are required to wear their formal uniform for all formal
occasions such as excursions (unless otherwise specified),
awards nights, college photos, other college or public functions.

3. Students may wear formal uniform, general uniform, or a
combination of both on any other occasion.

4. Socks are to be clearly visible, white ankle socks (not footlet
socks).

5. Jumpers, other than those with the official UCSC logo, are not
permitted to be worn.

6. Track pants are permitted in years P – 6 only. These items are
not part of the secondary school uniform.

7. UCSC uniforms are not to be altered in any fashion. This
includes (but is not limited to):
a. Cutting and shortening of hemlines;
b. Rolling up of sleeves and short legs.

8. Undershirts are not permitted to be worn.

9. The college understands and accepts that some religions have
specific dress requirements.

Noncompliance with Dress Code – Education (General Provisions)
Act 2006

Section 362 of the Act
(1) If a student of a State school does not comply with a dress code for
the school’s students, developed under section 360, the school’s
principal may only impose one of the following sanctions—
(a) detention of the student for a period mentioned in section 283(3);
(b) prevent the student from attending, or participating in, any activity
for which the student would have been representing the school;
(c) prevent the student from attending, or participating in, any school
activity that, in the reasonable opinion of the school’s principal, is
not part of the essential educational program of the school.
OUT OF UNIFORM PROCEDURES
Students unable to wear an item of the uniform for good reason must
bring a note and change into the correct uniform item from a clean,
well maintained uniform pool.
Secondary School (Year 7 – Year 12)
Students unable to wear an item of the correct uniform must comply
with the following procedures:
• Report to the Student Services window prior to the
commencement of Pathways lesson;
• Provide a note from home explaining the uniform breach and the
period for which this will exist;
• Where possible, exchange the incorrect uniform article for the
correct uniform. The student’s own article of clothing will be held
until the exchanged article is returned at the end of the school
day;
• Where the uniform item is unavailable, and the student’s dress is
deemed appropriate, the student will be issued with a slip
indicating that they have followed procedures;
• Display the note to all staff, upon request, at all times
• Students in breach of these procedures will be issued with a
detention in accordance with Section 362 of the Education
(General Provisions) Act 2006

The Dress Code Policy and Procedures will be reviewed
throughout the course of the year. Any changes to the Dress Code
policy will be endorsed by the Parents and Citizens Association.

We Have Been contacted by the secretary of the P&C. with a response of Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions you may have and I'll seek a response for you.

What Parents want:
The next meeting is too far away meanwhile children are freezing in class because they have been forced to remove their warm clothing as it does not comply with the UCSC Uniform Policy.

These children are surely having their learning outcomes compromised- freezing in class as its not in the policy to have track pants to stay warm they have been warned to remove them, Girls are allowed Stockings only and boys Grey Slacks Only, doesn't seem fair does it?

if you children are cold how do we expect our kids to learn in a happy and adjusted setting? it doesn't happen. they are cold and can't function properly. but we also need the uniform to be affordable some people have bigger families. and saying no only these pants at $53 for one pair is just expensive!

Why not have two options, sports pants for sports day and slacks for formal.
The Uniform Pricing needs to be looked at as most parents i have spoken to have complained over pricing! more parents would be willing to comply if the price was more affordable.

UCSC need to change the policy to have some Lead Way, add a solution and if they can't do that then they need to be more lenient in this cold weather
children's warmth/comfort/health/well being should be put above any policy.
i was informed today that the UCSC stopped stocking these slacks as there was NO INTEREST of them being sold so they never restocked from 3-5 years ago. (maybe make them more affordable)

Also Students have complained they are cold ' Whenever we say we're cold, we're told that the trousers exist' which in fact they do but not at school for at least 3-5 years ago and told to purchase elsewhere for extreme prices.

Also a Parent has told me 'When I went to an orientation a few years back, the principal at the time stated they don't have pants on the uniform list as the qld winters aren't cold enough to warrant them. Ridiculous' another loophole that UCSC needs fixing and addressing instead of the children policy being aheard to their health and wellbeing should be paramount..

There has been a LOT of rallying from senior students for track pants, and I think the parents need to push, too. It's so cold! In a school with no indoor seating for lunch times, they need a warmer uniform.

Another parents comment 'That school has the most ridiculous uniform policy and exceptions, that I have come across here. Having had 4 children previously enrolled at this school, during the winter months when I had hand written notes to excuse for long pants for my son, their notes were ripped up! They don't accommodate for anyone else other than the staff.'

Also i was informed 'Secondary boys are allowed to wear charcoal coloured trousers/slacks only. These are not stocked in the uniform shop because not enough families ever want to purchase them. You can purchase trousers that match our uniform from Lowes at Westfield Helensvale. They have a dark grey/charcoal trouser that almost exactly matches our College blazer/dress shorts.''Please note that secondary students are not allowed to wear grey tracksuit pants at all under the dress code policy.'

They should not have the right to overturn the parents decision to allow them to wear warm clothing by asking them to remove them, and freeze at school risking their health, they could leave them warm and ask they remove them once they are warm' a school should not be able to dictate a place of purchase or which pants, some families do struggle.

No where in the policy did it say boys could wear grey slack pants if you look under school uniform policy section 6 it states 'track pants are permitted in years P – 6 only. These items are not part of the secondary school uniform.'
And section 1 states ' All uniform items are to be purchased in the college uniform-shop. Look-a-like items are not acceptable. Students are to purchase the appropriate size clothing' please refer to here https://uppercoomerasc.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/Policies%20and%20procedures/dress-code-policy.pdf

https://uppercoomerasc.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/uniform-price-list.pdf uniform list here and not anywhere does it even state you can privately purchase slacks i only knew as i got emails after asking UCSC and this should be make public and the policy readjusted to reflect this information.

Please review your winter Uniform Policy And keep our children's health paramount at school while they are trying to be educated, they have a right to be warm and healthy at all times as well as a education.

Education Department’s policy on dress codes here: http://ppr.det.qld.gov.au/education/management/Pages/Student-Dress-Code.aspx

Laws on School uniforms QLD :http://www.lawstuff.org.au/qld_law/topics/school/uniforms-and-dress-codes

I have never been a big fan of school uniform – some argue that it levels the social playing field for poorer students divides between rich and poor children, making bullying less likely.

if we want to enforce uniform policies – and I'm still not convinced about their use in schools – then we have to apply sanctions equally to boys and girls. Otherwise, its unfair where boys are allowed to wear Slacks and girls stockings only hardly fair is it?

Please Review the winter school policy and keep our kids warm. Sign and Share make a difference please.

 



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