Since many of today’s styles are in questionable taste, especially for the Christian, we ask that parents exercise good judgment in choosing modest, neat clothing for their children. The children’s appearance should reflect that they are children of God. A student’s dress and appearance should not be attention- seeking or distracting. Clothing should be clean and in good repair. No dress code will please everyone, but our staff’s past experiences confirm the need for a dress code. Teachers will always have the final say in inappropriate attire.
The following statements serve as our dress code:
- Dress appropriately for the weather. Jackets are required in the winter months. Boots, snow pants, and other warm clothing are necessary for outdoor play in the snow. Students may wear shorts at the start of the school through September. Shorts can be worn again May 1 until the end of the school year. No shorts are allowed between October 1 and April 30. Girls may wear capris during the months of September and October, and April through June.
- Shorts, dresses, and skirt lengths should be mid-thigh or longer in length at both the front and back hems so as to accommodate walking, sitting comfortably, bending, and kneeling. Athletic running shorts may be worn if they meet the length requirement. Short shorts, cut-offs, spandex, or tight-fitting shorts will not be permitted.
- Students in 3rd – 8th grades may wear leggings, jeggings, tights, or other form-fitting pants (jeans) as long as the shirts, tunics, or dresses over them meet the length requirement listed in #2. This length requirement does not apply to students in grades K-2.
- Pants: Students may not wear chains that are attached to pants. Pants or shorts with writing on the hind-end are not permitted. Low-rise pants are permitted only if the shirt covers all of the back, even when sitting. No tattered, frayed, or ripped pants are allowed.
- Tops: Any top that exposes a bare midriff or undergarments will not be permitted. Tops should cover the waistband of the pants or skirt. In typical classroom and outside activities, the midriff must remain covered. Other styles not permitted are tight, low-cut (front and/or back), halter, or strapless tops. Girls may wear tank tops with straps that are 2” or wider. If the shirt (or dress) has narrower straps, such as spaghetti straps, then another shirt or sweater must be worn over it at all times. Boys may wear sleeveless shirts only if the straps are wide and the shirt is not loose fitting under the armpits. Otherwise, a boy must wear another shirt over or underneath it. No sleeveless shirts made from cut-off shirts are allowed.
- Footwear: “Flip-flops” or beach sandals are not to be worn. Other shoes without backs or straps present a danger to the children and will not be permitted unless a change of footwear for recess is provided. Shoes that transform into roller skates will not be allowed at any time. Athletic shoes are the best for recess time indoors and out. Footwear must be worn at all times. No slippers are allowed.
- Students should have moderate hair styles. Except for “Crazy Hair Day,” hair must not be dyed to unnatural shades. (i.e. pink, purple) Extreme hair-cuts (ex: Mo-hawks) should be avoided.
- Loungewear (yoga pants, pajama pants, or scrubs), costume clothing, and headgear (worn in the classroom) are not permitted unless it is part of a Christ the Lord authorized dress-up day.
- No clothing is allowed that advertises any form of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or music groups, except for Christian groups. Clothing that contains derogatory statements or with attitudes and action in conflict with our teachings will not be allowed.
- Piercings are limited to earrings only. Tattoos, temporary or permanent, are generally not permitted in school. However, we recognize that sometimes a child may have a temporary tattoo from a kid- sponsored event that the family attended, or that may be part of a school-sponsored event, or a reward by a teacher. No tattoos will be allowed on the face or neck region. The staff has the discretion to have a student remove or cover a tattoo if it is distracting or inappropriate for school. All the above-mentioned will be in place during the normal school day and school events. If any inappropriate attire is worn to school, the parents will be contacted to bring in other clothing for the student to change into before returning to class. The school will provide the student clothing if the parent is unable to bring clothing in a timely manner. Further violations may require follow up meetings and/or consequences to resolve the dress code violations. The school reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of a student’s dress or appearance. If during the course of a school year a new clothing style or trend emerges that is determined by the school administration to be inappropriate and not in support of the mission and outcomes of the school, the administration will prohibit such inappropriate clothing from being worn during the school day or at school activities.