Adapting teacher dress codes as schools reopen

As schools plan for reopening in the fall, it is not business as usual. Teachers will play a vital role assisting with more frequent cleaning and sanitizing, and there is a new movement asking for dress codes to allow scrubs and comfortable clothing.

Proper attire for teachers should meet basic requirements:

  • Appropriate for work – teachers are role models and should maintain a clean, professional appearance
  • Durability – teachers must move and interact with students, especially in elementary and special education classrooms
  • Washable – dry cleaning is expensive and takes time
  • Affordable – teachers need wardrobe options to fit their budget

Scrubs for teachers are a great fit – with so many options, there is something for everyone.

  • professional yet comfortable
  • unrestrictive to allow for all newly required cleaning activities
  • budget-friendly and easy to care for
  • variety of fabrics, styles and colors

"Scrubs are easier to clean. You don't have to worry about ruining them. You put them in high temperature hot water and if they come out a little faded, you are not going to worry that it is not your best clothing. So we said why not"
Dr. Ricardo López, Superintendent, Garland Independent School District

Compare to a more traditional teacher wardrobe

For comparison sake, let's suppose a teacher's staple wardrobe includes these essentials:

  • 2-3 sturdy pairs of shoes (flats)
  • Cardigans
  • Black and/or gray slacks
  • Polos or shirts in the school's colors
  • A quality winter coat (especially important for recess duty in the winter)
  • A dress to wear on professional development days
  • A blazer, which instantly makes any outfit appear more professional

How much does the average teacher spend on these basic wardrobe pieces? $750 per year? More? Less?

Now, consider wearing scrubs in the classroom, five days a week:

  • One set per work day: 5 sets of scrubs (a set being a top and bottom)
  • Cost of one set: $50 (could be more, could be less, depending on brand and style)
  • Total investment is $250
  • That could be doubled to add variety and still come in around $500 for the whole year!

A good pair of scrubs holds up through 30 washes, so theoretically, teachers can buy uniforms once each school year.

Scrubs can be disinfected at home

To properly disinfect scrubs, garments should be washed twice.

  • Wash separately from other clothes
  • Check for stains and treat as necessary
  • First wash: cold water and laundry detergent on normal setting
  • Second wash: hot water and laundry detergent on normal setting
  • Tumble dry with high heat

Pro tips for scrub care:

  • To set the color of new scrubs, use half a cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your first wash
  • Turn scrubs inside out to reducing pilling and wear-and-tear on custom embroidery
  • Check for stains before putting scrubs in the dryer – high heat tends to "set" stains
  • Dry scrubs on high heat for at least 30 minutes to maximize germ killing
  • Ironing is an additional step that applies heat and helps remove any remaining germs

Image, identification, security

Build an attractive business image

Coordinate a look that reinforces your brand identity by selecting quality garments and add your company logo. When evaluating uniform options, remember "neat" and "clean" were important factors in patient perception. Reduce effort from your employees to maintain the appearance standard you want by including some of the stain-resistant, wrinkle-free fabric options available.

Improve Security

When you have a uniform program specific to your business, employees are easy to identify. Also easy to identify are people that are in areas or on sites where they do not belong.

Smart Uniform Design

What you wear matters.

Fabric blends with spandex or knit allow for more range of motion, helping reduce body friction and fatigue for more comfort on the longest days. We break down the most popular fabrics used to make scrubs here.

More Durable

Washing is still the best defense form germs and harmful fluids; after 30 washes our garments outperform other national brands with less fading, puckering, shrinking, wrinkling and piling.


Well sewn garments with reinforced stress points keep you up for any challenge.

Body Temperate

The ability to control one's personal comfort is critical to all-shift comfort; our assortments offer options from different fabric weights and technologies to functional layers like tees and vests.

On-Person Storage

Stowing all your gear is a necessity; we design plenty of options in tops, pants, jackets and vests to suit everyone's needs.

The Right Material

Fabric plays a key role in performance, appearance and comfort; our new lightweight synthetics are wrinkle-free with moisture-wicking.

Cut Right

Designs that are both flattering for a professional appearance and cut right to allow for maximum movement.

Uniform Advantage recently donated $10,000 in gift cards to help support the Jack & Jill early education teachers.

"We are incredibly grateful to Uniform Advantage for their generous donation of $10,000 to purchase scrubs for our teachers. The health and safety of our teachers, children, and families are at our utmost concern at this time," said CEO, Heather Siskind. "Our teachers need to be able to keep themselves and their families at home safe by being able to easy wash and sanitize their clothes, and scrubs are the best option for this because they are easiest to clean and disinfect. The scrubs allow us to have staff wearing a different color everyday thus reassuring our families that they have clean scrubs on."

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