DRESS CODE FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
DRESS CODE POLICIES
Serra Catholic’s philosophy of dress code is that a student’s appearance should reflect his/her attitude and professionalism. Therefore, even on “dress down days,” students are expected to dress neatly and in good taste. You may order polos/sweaters/sweatshirts through Serra during the school year. Order forms may be found on our website under the Campus Life tab then clicking the Forms option.
Pants: Khaki or Navy Docker style dress pants, purchased at a store of your choice. Please note all pants must have back pockets and belt loops.Pants containing patch pockets are not permitted. Skinny pants, jeggings, yoga pants, joggers and cargo pants are not approved uniform pants.
Shirts: Must be the approved red, white or blue Serra polo with the SC on the left chest. There is both the short sleeve and long sleeve option for the polos. NO OTHER SERRA POLO MAY BE WORN. A plain white t-shirt may be worn under the polo. No other t-shirt will be acceptable, including camisoles and long-sleeve shirts. During the winter, a student may wear the approved Serra sweater (black, V-neck) or cardigan (black, button-down) as long as a Serra polo is worn underneath with the collar showing. In addition, students may wear the maroon Serra sweatshirt with “SC” on the left chest. Polos are not required under the sweatshirt. If your child is wearing any other sweatshirt, hooded sweatshirt, fleece sweater, scarf, etc., they will incur demerits. Repeat offenders may have the illegal article of clothing confiscated and students will be charged a $1 charity fee in order to pick it up.
Belts: The uniform polo must be tucked in at all times and a solid brown or black belt must be worn. The only acceptable style of belt are those that buckle versus those that tie. When ordering Polos through Serra, a tall size may be ordered to ensure students can tuck in their shirts at all times.
Shoes: Students are permitted to wear solid brown, black, white, grey, or navy-blue dress shoes only. Shoes must cover a student’s entire foot, they must have backs on them, and they must be completely tied if they contain laces. Shoes must be solid in color with no markings or logos on them including stripes, swooshes, patterns, etc. No tennis shoes or high-top shoes are permitted (ex. Nike, Reebok, Under Armor, Puma, Adidas, Lacoste, Kswiss, Converse, etc.). If you have purchased Sperry shoes they must be a solid color with no leopard, cheetah print, plaid, or sparkles as they are not acceptable. At no time (including dress down days) are students permitted to wear slippers, sandals, flip-flops or clogs to school. For the winter months, students may wear Ugg or Timberland-style boots as long as they are solid black or brown with uniform pants not tucked into them.
· Facial hair: Students are not permitted to have facial hair, mustaches, or mutton chops. Male students should be cleanly shaven every day and sideburns can be no longer than the ear.
· Piercings: Only ear piercings are permitted – not to exceed three per ear. Flesh tunnels, barbells and gauges are prohibited. Visible piercings, other than the ear, are strictly forbidden. If a student comes to school with any piercing that violates the dress code, they will be asked to remove it.
· Tattoos: Visible tattoos are not permitted. Students will be required to have them covered during school hours.
· Makeup: If girls opt to wear makeup it must be natural looking including but not limited to glitter and gothic colors.
· Hats: Students must take off hats and put down hoods once they enter the building. Students are NEVER permitted to wear hats or have their hoods up, even on dress down days.
Hair: Hair may not be dyed unnatural colors and extreme hairstyles, such as Mohawks, fauxhawks, and cut-in logos, are not permitted. Hairstyles of male students must be cut above the collar, eyebrows and ears. Pony tails, buns, braids or any other “updo” for any male student are prohibited. Female students are able to wear plain headbands but bandanas and overly decorative headbands are not permitted to be worn by any student.
Dress down Days: During Dress down days, students are still expected to dress neatly and appropriately. All shirts must be at a length in which they can be tucked in so midriffs are fully covered at all times. If a student raises their arms, their belly should not be able to be seen. Crop tops, cold shoulder shirts, off the shoulder shirts, sleeveless shirts, tank tops, and rompers are prohibited. Shirts cannot be sheer, see through, skin tight, revealing, or contain any inappropriate graphics. For girls, shirts must have a neckline that should come no lower than the collarbone and cleavage must not be visible at any time. Students may wear jeans as long as they are not skin tight, ripped, or “skinny”. Yoga pants, jeggings, leggings, or shorts (under administrative approval) are not permitted. Pants should not contain any inappropriate graphics or logos (juicy, angel, or pink logos across back end). Dresses and skirts are prohibited except under Administration approval. If a skirt or dress is worn, under administrative approval, slits must not terminate any shorter than an inch above the knee. Any shoe is allowed as long as they adhere to the rules stated above under the shoe section.
Summer Dress Code: Under the discretion of administration, students are able to wear Navy Blue or Khaki Bermuda length shorts. Boys are permitted to wear cargo shorts as long as they are the appropriate color. Short shorts, denim, athletic shorts, or yoga pants are NOT permitted. Polos must still be worn with an optional plain white t-shirt underneath. Students are able to wear “summer shoes” including tennis shoes as long as they cover a student’s entire foot and have backs on them. At no time are students permitted to wear slippers, sandals, flip-flops, clogs, or open toed shoes to school. Shoes must also be tied if they contain laces and should not have inappropriate markings or logos on them. Students are not to start school in August wearing Summer Dress code, unless administration authorizes it.
Physical Education Attire: All students must dress in appropriate physical education attire:
1. T-shirt, sweatshirt, hooded sweatshirt, wind-suit jacket
2. Athletic shorts, sweat pants, wind suit pants
3. Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, basketball shoes, etc.
Dress Up Days: During Dress Up days (Picture day, Honor’s night, Homecoming/Prom court, etc.) students are still expected to dress neatly and appropriately. Students are encouraged to wear dress pants along with a nice shirt or blouse. Students are not allowed to “dress down” on these days with hoodies or athletic wear.
Shirts: All shirts must be at a length in which they can be tucked in so midriffs are fully covered at all times. Shirts must also have sleeves. Spaghetti Straps, thin straps, or tank tops are prohibited. Shirts cannot be sheer, see through, skin tight, revealing, or contain any inappropriate graphics. For girls, shirts must have a neckline that should come no lower than the collarbone and cleavage must not be visible at any time. Boys are encouraged, but not required, to wear a tie.
Pants: Students may NOT wear jeans, sweatpants, or other pants that are skin tight, ripped, or “skinny”. Yoga pants, jeggings, cargo pants, or leggings are NEVER permitted. Shorts are also prohibited, unless we are under summer dress code, or have administrative approval.
Dresses/skirts: If girls opt to wear a dress, these should be no shorter than an inch above the knee. Dresses must not be skin tight, sheer, sleeveless, ripped, contain cut-outs, or are revealing in any way. The only permissible skirt that ladies can wear are maxi skirts as long as they are not form fitting. All other skirts are PROHIBITED! If a skirt or dress is worn, slits must not terminate any shorter than an inch above the knee.
Shoes: Any shoe is allowed as long as they adhere to the rules stated above under the shoe section.
Violation of the Dress Code Procedure
Students in violation of the dress code will be subject to the following:
1. The office will provide clothing to the extent possible. Item must be clean and returned the next school day. After two school days $1.00 per day will be charged.
2. The parent/guardian will be contacted to provide clothing within the dress code.
3. If the office cannot provide clothing to the necessary extent, and the parent cannot be reached, the student will serve time after school in detention.
4. If a student violates the dress code during dress down days they may lose their privileges for future dress down days.
This list serves as a general guideline, final determination of demerits will be at the discretion of the Administration:
1. First offense violation of the dress code will usually result in a warning.
2. Second and third offense violations will result in 1-3 demerits. The number of demerits will be based on the type of violation and the number of repeat offenses.
3. Once a student incurs three demerits for a dress code offense, they will receive an hour of detention.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS are asked for their support of the dress code by checking to see that their son/daughter is properly dressed for school.
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