Johnson Middle School
Download the 2012-2013 Mandatory Uniform Policy Here:
http://www.pgcps.org/~tjohnson/2012-2013docs/Mandatory Dress Code - 2012 - 2013.doc
There are several great reasons why there is a mandatory uniform policy at TJMS.
When children learn to pay attention to what we may consider 'minor details' (like a tucked in shirt, a belt), that child's attention to detail spills over into their academic work (less missed assignments, failing grades, missed questions on tests) and their personal responsibility and maturity (less books left at home, less time spent playing at home, rooms kept cleaner).
Students generally spend less time at school worried about others' outfits when everyone is dressed alike. This reduces bullying, taunting, fights and gang activity (since the gang's colors cannot be worn with the uniform).
For security reasons, it makes our students easier to identify from outsiders. A tucked in shirt (as this video demonstrates) provides less opportunities for wayward students to bring unauthorized items to school.
If your child were in private school, wearing the correct uniform would not even be a question.
When students mature into adulthood and become employed, every employer will have a dress code that they must follow. Deviance from that dress code may lead to unemployment. With a dress code at the middle school level, we are simply doing what a good school should do: prepare students for LIFE.
We appreciate parental support of this policy and look forward to working TOGETHER with the community to ensure that TJMS continues to be a safe and scholarly environment for children in every aspect (including how we present ourselves).