School Uniforms

Telra Institute recognizes the benefit that dress code and uniform standards have in creating a distraction-free environment for learning and in contributing to school identity and spirit.

 

In establishing our dress code, we strive to strike a balance between safety, simplicity, and flexibility. We aim for a common style and standard while allowing parents the freedom to use the vendors of their choice for convenience and cost-effectiveness.

Dress Code Principles

Support active kids

Children will be physically active every day. Ensure clothing, shoes, and accessories are safe and appropriate for kids running, playing, and jumping.

Minimize distraction

  • All clothing items (with the exception of shoes and coats for outside wear) must be solid colored and free of patterns, graphics, logos, or text.

  • No visible tattoos, hair coloring, or glitter allowed.

  • Subtle make-up or nail polish colors ok, but should be free of symbols or designs.

Reinforce pride in self and in school
All clothing must be neat, clean, well-fitting, and in good condition (no holes or rips). Outfit components must follow the style, length, and color standards.

We know these are hard times for many families and we never want financial constraints to prevent a child from taking advantage of the unique education that Telra can provide.

 

Click the button below if you need some help in purchasing a school wardrobe for your child or if you would like to be a Uniform Angel to help another family.

Standards

The basic Telra uniform is a solid colored polo top and neutral-colored dress bottoms (specific colors described below). Various combinations are possible, and parents may purchase uniform components from any vendor. While general guidelines are provided here, we understand no set of dress code standards will address every scenario. In the event of doubt, reach out to frontdesk@telra.org for assistance in interpreting these standards.

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Telra Storefront with French Toast

NEW THIS YEAR!  Telra Institute has a storefront with retailer French Toast.

 

To take the guesswork out of shopping, we've hand selected items and colors from French Toast's line of apparel. When you shop at this link, you know that the items comply with Telra's dress code standards. And a helpful pop-up box will let you know if you try to navigate beyond the Telra storefront (to items that have not been pre-approved.)

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Telra Storefront with French Toast

Telra's School Code for French Toast:  QS61ANV

You may also shop Telra's storefront with Lands' End. Get 20% off through July 11, when you shop the link above and check out with CODE: HOTDOG and PIN: 3591

Remember, you can purchase uniform elements from any retailer(s) as long as they fit with Telra's dress code standards.  Telra's storefronts with French Toast and Land's End are offered for convenience. 

 

Step 1: Required Basics

Pants

Dress-style. No corduroy or knit material. No jogger style. Neat cargo pockets ok.

 

Length: Full-length to ankle (no capris, should not drag on ground)

Color: Telra neutrals

Shorts & Skirts

Dress-style. No corduroy or knit material. Neat cargo pockets ok. Skorts ok. Modesty shorts required under skirts.

 

Length: No longer than knee-length and no shorter than 2 inches above the knee

Color: Telra neutrals

Shirts

Polo-style cotton or synthetic collared shirts. No puff sleeves. Standard collars - no peter pan collars or decorative stitching.

Length: Long sleeve or short sleeve. Tucked in for grades 2+

Color: Telra blue or orange; navy, red, light blue, or pink. 

Dresses

Polo-style, one-piece collared dresses (short or long-sleeve) over modesty shorts

Length: No longer than knee-length and no shorter than 2 inches above the knee

Color: Telra blue or orange; navy, red, light blue, or pink. 

 

Step 2: Optional Layers

Top layers

sweaters, vests, cardigans, zip ups, sweatshirts

Fleece or tightly knit or woven fabric, without a hood. Must be worn over an approved shirt or dress

Length: Waist/hip length or above (no long sweaters)

Color: Telra neutrals; Telra blue or orange; navy, red, light blue, or pink. 

Jumpers

Dress-style. No corduroy or knit material. Must be worn over approved shirt and modesty shorts.

Length: No longer than knee-length and no shorter than 2 inches above the knee

Color: Telra neutrals

Sub-layers

undershirts, camisoles, turtlenecks

Permitted if worn underneath approved shirt or dress

Length: Tuck in if needed to ensure hem not visible

Color: Telra blue or orange; navy, red, light blue, and pink; white.

Tights or Leggings

Permitted if worn underneath approved bottoms  or dress

Length: Full-length to ankle

Color: White; Telra neutrals; Telra blue or orange; navy, red, light blue, or pink. 

 

Step 3: Footwear

Sneakers / tennis shoes

Solid or patterned, but nothing distracting (no lights, charms, sequins, etc.)

Style: Toes must be enclosed and no high tops permitted. No Natives, Keens, Crocs, etc.

Color: No neon colors

Dress shoes, heels, boots

Not allowed - However, students may wear weather-appropriate boots to-from school or for recess on rainy/snowy days if they change into tennis shoes once inside.

Sandals, Crocs,  flip flops, Natives, Keens, anything with open toes or tops

Not allowed

Socks

Subtle logos ok

 

Color: Telra neutrals, white, or black

 

Step 4: Accessories

Belts

Not required, but functional belts may be worn with pants, shorts, or skirts that have belt loops. 

Color: Black, brown, or Telra neutral

Jewelry

Light, stud earrings permitted, but no facial piercings. No necklaces, and any bracelets or watches should not be excessively large or dangling. These can lead to injuries during recess and PE.

Headwear

Hats, bandanas, or other head coverings are not allowed indoors. Thin headbands (solid colors and minimalistic) are ok for hair retention

 

Step 5: Outerwear

No restrictions on coats or other outerwear when worn outside. Any length. Any color.
Just ensure there are no school-inappropriate images or language.

Colors

School Colors & Classics

Telra blue and orange, as well as commonly-available classic colors can be part of the uniform for all Telra students. We want to ensure families have ready access to affordable uniform components online or in-store.

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Examples color names by brand/retailer:

 

French Toast:  teal, orange or sun orange, navy, red, light blue, pink

Children's Place:  orange (flame), navy (nautico, tidal), red (ruby, classic red), light blue (daybreak, brook), pink (sparklpink)

Lands' End:  navy (classic navy), red, light blue (blue), pink (ice pink), orange (orange spice)

Cat & Jack:  navy, red, light blue, pink

Old Navy:  orange (orange surfboards), navy (ink blue, dark sea blue), red (red tape, robbie red), light blue (monet blue, something blue), pink (preppy pink, puffy pink)

GAP:  navy (crayon true indigo, true indigo), red (modern red, ruby red), light blue (Hampton blue, pure blue)

Telra Neutrals

All grades may wear Telra neutrals—medium gray and khaki—for pants, shorts, skirts, and jumpers.

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Examples of approved Telra Neutrals by brand or retailer:

The Children's Place:  medium gray (storm, gray steel), khaki (sandwash), avoid: flax and fin gray

Lands' End:  medium gray (gray, arctic gray), khaki, avoid: charcoal heather

Cat & Jack:  medium gray (charcoal gray), khaki (khaki, light khaki, beige)

French Toast:  gray, heather gray, khaki

Old Navy:  khaki (rolled oats, khaki, shore enough), avoid: earl gray

GAP:  medium gray (grey), khaki (wicker, beige, khaki)

Primary:  slate gray

Masks

Any child-appropriate patterns or colors are acceptable. Please avoid text.

 

Spiritwear

The spring spiritwear store has closed, but keep an eye out for more opportunities to purchase school-branded clothing.

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We never want financial constraints to prevent a child from taking advantage of the unique education that Telra can provide.

Click here if you need some help in purchasing a school wardrobe for your child or if you would like to be a Uniform Angel and support another family.