Student Dress Policy
Please note carefully the rules regarding length of shorts, holes in pants, Mass attire, shoe attire, and sleeveless attire. This policy is applicable to K-8 students. The purpose of the student dress policy is to encourage students to come to school properly prepared for participating in the educational process. Students are expected to show good taste in their dress and grooming during the school day and while at school activities. The following rules have been established to create a positive educational environment for our students. Please pay special attention to the attire required for Mass and church attendance. It is not the purpose of this code to embarrass or inconvenience a student. Invariably students assume that any mode of dress not specifically mentioned within the code is acceptable. Please note: ANY ATTIRE DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE, EXTRAORDINARY, OBSCENE, OR DISTRACTIVE BY THE FACULTY OR ADMINISTRATION OF I.C.S. IS IN VIOLATION OF THE DRESS CODE.
In general the following guidelines may be used in deciding what is acceptable to wear:
- All students must look neat and clean.
- All hair must be out of eyes and combed. No numbers, designs, or graphics cut in hair. No unnatural colors will be allowed (Halloween excepted).
- Shorts and skirts that are above the fingertips with arms held down to the sides will not be permitted. Note: Fingertip length may be inappropriate for some students, and the principal or designee will make that determination. Split skirts and shorts are acceptable so long as the length requirement is met. Undergarments should not be visible.
- SHORTS may be worn at the permitted times. These include the beginning of school through September 30, from May 1 through the end of the school year, and on very warm days as declared by the principal (or faculty with administrative approval). They must be modest and meet the length requirement stated above. Shorts MAY NOT be worn on days when students will be attending Mass or a church service.
- All clothing must be in good repair. Jeans should not have holes in them, and you should not be able to see through or put your finger through a place that has a grinding. No tight, torn, or frayed clothing will be allowed.
- Pant length must be off the floor for safety purposes. Pants/shorts must cover undergarments and stay above the hip at all times.
- Footwear: Shoes must be worn at all times. Any shoe with laces must have laces tied. Flip flops may only be worn from the beginning of school through September 30 and from May 1 through the end of the school year. They may not be worn on Mass days. In determining what is a flip flop – “if it looks like a flip flop, it’s a flip flop.”
- Shirts and blouses must be full length with the ability to be tucked in. No skin is to show when normal movement occurs. (Example: when a student is standing, the midriff is not exposed, and when seated, the bare back is not visible.) Bare midriffs, tank tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, revealing necklines, and open-back clothing are prohibited. Also, attire with see-through, sheer, or fishnet materials are prohibited.
- Gym class: All students must have a separate pair of shoes for gym class. Socks must be worn with the gym shoes. Students in grades 4-8 are to wear the school gym uniform.
- In order to instill a more reverent environment, we require better clothing to be worn on Fridays (or on any day on which the children will be attending Mass or a church service). On these days, in addition to the requirements stated above, the following are NOT allowed: jeans, flip flips, shorts and T-shirts. Shirts with collars are suggested. Students should not change into other clothing following church without permission of the principal. Leggings may be worn only under a dress or skirt or with a long sweater.
The following are presently unacceptable:
- Any clothing advertising alcohol, drugs, or violence
- Tank tops. A modest sleeveless top will be allowed only on those days when shorts are allowed. This applies to both male and female students.
- Excessive makeup
- Earrings for male students, or any other body piercing on any student
- Tattoos either permanent or temporary. This includes hand tattoos and writing on hands with markers.
- No gang colors or insignias will ever be allowed
- Hats, sunglasses, external coats or jackets worn in school
- Rolling down of pants at waist
- Writing or logo on the seat of pants
- Pajama style pants
The dress code will be enforced by the individual teachers and/or the administration and is valid for all grades K-8. Deviations from this code (for special reasons) may be declared by the principal or by the teacher (with administrative approval).
Students will be excluded from class until arrangements for acceptable attire can be made. Clean sweatpants, T-shirts, and sweatshirts will be available for loan.
Students should consider the following questions when dressing for school:
- Does my clothing expose too much? (no)
- Does my clothing advertise something that is prohibited to minors? (no)
- Are there obscene, profane, drug-related, gang-related, inflammatory, or inappropriate messages on my clothing? (no)
- Am I dressed appropriately for the weather? (yes)
- Do I feel comfortable with my appearance? (yes)
We ask that pupils cooperate with pastor, principal, teachers, school personnel, and volunteers at all times. The following are some of the things that are expected:
- Respect for the rights of others at all times
- Adherence to instructions of teachers
- Preparation of materials and assignments completed on time
- Performance of classroom duties (erasing boards, cleaning, closing drapes, etc.)
- Courtesy and reasonable quiet in the halls and washrooms
- Clean up after lunch
- Adherence to lunchroom rules
- Pious participation in liturgies
- Keeping books covered.
- Neatness of lockers, desks, and other school materials
- Proper care of technology equipment
- Care of and prompt return of library books (A 5 cent per day fee will be charged for overdue books. Damaged or lost books require a fine or replacement cost.)
- Asking permission to enter the library, go to the washrooms, etc.
- Obedience to crossing guards and patrols
- Weekly laundering of gym clothes
- Names clearly marked on coats, boots, sweaters, etc. as well as other school supplies.
The following are things that are unacceptable and won’t be tolerated:
- Disrespect of God, country, adults, or other children
- Untidiness in work or materials
- Throwing or bouncing objects in the school building
- Throwing rocks, snow, ice, or snowballs at school or while going to or from it
- Shoving or pushing in lines
- Leaving food in lockers
- Writing in hard cover books (A fine is levied for this when school closes.)
- Late work (refer to Homework)
- Unauthorized student use of a cell phone (refer to Telephones and Cell Phones)
- Other serious matters outlined under expulsion
Updated August 28, 2019