Uniforms and Carpool
Uniforms and Carpool
Children in Pre-K and Kindergarten do not wear uniforms; however, it is important that the youngest members of our family dress ready to play, indoors and outdoors. Flip flops and open-backed sandals make it difficult and dangerous to run, jump and climb.
Note: sneakers are permitted but we require that they be either black or white with minimal (or no) stripes or color. Regular Sperry or other brown school shoes are still a great option.
The purpose of the uniform code is to take away distractions and undue focus on clothing and accessories. At no time is makeup allowed. Jewelry is not allowed with the following exceptions: one watch, no more than two finger rings, one short necklace and one pair of small, single earrings for girls. Boys may not wear earrings.
The following is not allowed at any time: nail polish or acrylic nails, tattoos (permanent or temporary), henna or hair color, body painting, body piercing. Hair must be neat and away from the eyes.
The following items are available from Flynn and O’Hara, our approved uniform provider: polo shirts, long-sleeved polo shirts, gym t-shirts, jumpers and skirts, and the ‘Peter Pan’ white shirts often worn in the Lower School. Khaki pants and shorts, navy hoodies, navy blue mesh PE shorts and a variety of other items including belts, socks, tights, etc. may be purchased from either Lands End OR Flynn & O’Hara. Here is a Flynn video to help measure your child.
Flynn and O’Hara website (find Holy Trinity School)
Lands End website (our school store number is 900028606).
All students 1st-8th must wear regular ankle or calf white or navy socks.
All polo and gym shirts must have the HTS logo. PE shorts and pants must be solid navy and have no other logos, insignia or stripes. Shoes must be sturdy, black or brown, non-gym shoes on regular-dress days. Uniform shoes include penny loafers, docksiders, dirty bucks, saddle shoes and oxfords. Boots (high top or ankle) may not be worn. On PE days, sneakers or tennis shoes are required. For safety reasons, heels may not be higher than 1 inch, regardless of where the heels of shoes are measured. If you have any questions, please call the Main Office at (202) 337-2339 BEFORE purchasing any uniform item.
HTS also operates a uniform exchange where HTS families can exchange uniforms no longer needed for those in the correct styles and sizes. The Uniform Exchange is a voluntary program whereby members of the HTS community donate gently used, clean uniforms. The clothing is then made available in McKenna C for members of the HTS community. Dates are published in the Tuesday newsletter and the Main Calendar page. This program runs on the honor system with donations being made when the clothing is no longer needed, and uniforms taken when they are needed. The uniform exchange is available during the first week of school and at other times thereafter. Shirts, skirts, jumpers, pants, sweatshirts, and PE apparel are available in various sizes.
Arrival and Drop-off
PreK and Kindergarten students must be accompanied to/ dropped off in front of the Lower School, where a faculty member will be waiting from 7:55am to escort them to the classroom. There is also an optional early care drop in from 7:30-7:55 for $5/ day.
All students in grades 1-4 may be dropped off on 36th Street in front of Lower School after 7:30am to join their classmates in the courtyard. After 7:55am, students will head directly to their classrooms.
All students in grades 5-8 should be dropped off on 36th Street in front of the Upper School. They either gather in the cafeteria or Trinity Hall, or go straight to their homeroom if arriving after 8am.
There should be no parking on 36th Street during the busy drop-off window and all drivers should double-check for pedestrians of all sizes as they pull up and depart.
Holy Trinity School strives to make our dismissal efficient, orderly and safe for all. Teachers direct carpool procedures following the system described below; please follow their directions to keep things safe and moving along in a timely fashion.
We also invite you to team up to form carpools and reduce the traffic flow for our neighbors and our lines. Call the office for a map of school families who reside in your zip code.
Carpools A, B, C and Walkers
The three carpool groups are distinguished by the youngest student in each carpool and each group has distinct approach routes. Please note N Street will be one-way from 2:55-3:15pm each school day.
All carpools that include only Upper School students (5th-8th) will:
Come west through P Street
Turn left on 36th Street
Continue to the front of the Upper School for pickup
All carpools that include any Early Childhood students (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) will:
Come west through O Street from 35th Street
Turn left on 36th Street
Turn left again onto N Street, hugging the left side of N Street for pickup
All carpools that include Lower School students (1st-4th without siblings in Pre-K or K), including mixed carpools of students in grades 1-8, will:
Come west through Prospect Street from 35th Street
Turn right on 37th Street
Turn right again onto N Street, hugging the right side of N Street for pickup
Upper School walkers exit the building through the O Street Trinity Hall doors. Parents of walkers can meet their students there.
Guidelines for Parents
Teachers, staff and parents need to help put students into cars. Students may not leave the curb unless escorted by an adult.
Parents may not leave their cars unattended while in the carpool line.
Parents may not use cell phones in the carpool line unless the car’s engine is off.
Cars must be in the carpool line; parents may not park across the street and ask their student(s) to come to the car. If parents do not wish to be part of the carpool line, they must park elsewhere and walk to meet their student(s).
Save Time, Save Gas
Fine tune your arrival for the 3:05-3:10pm window (when the lines have usually dissipated) so that you can roll up, load up and roll out quickly.