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Dress Code Policy

It is the policy and practice of this school that all students must be dressed and groomed in such a way as not to be a source of distraction to other students and teachers.

Students’ dress reflects their approach to studies, respect for themselves and the members of the faculty/staff, and their behavior as it affects other students.  The faculty and administration feel very strongly about the need to keep our dress code policy enforced for the purpose of keeping our students looking neat and presenting a positive image.  As in other aspects of the school, it is through cooperation of the school and the home that our policies are best enforced.  When students/families dishonor the dress code, there are steps that will occur, such as signed notes and/or direct communication with parents, etc.; however, students will be sent home from school if they consistently disobey the dress code.

Enforcement Policy:  The faculty and administration feel very strongly about the need to keep our dress code policy enforced for the purpose of keeping our students looking neat and presenting a positive image.  As in other aspects of the school, it is through cooperation of the school and the home that our policies are best enforced.  If a problem or infraction of the dress code policy occurs, a note will be sent home informing the parents or guardians of the situation. This note will be expected to be signed and returned.  The occurrence of a second infraction will result in disciplinary action for the student.

Free Dress Day:  On the first Monday of each month (also 2:00 dismissal), students are not required to wear the standard uniform.  The first Monday of each month is a free dress day.  Students may not wear oversized or clothing that is too tight, sundresses, tank tops and shoes with open toes or heels will not be allowed.  Shorts may be worn between the first day of school and October 15th, and from April 15th until the last day of school.  Shorts should be an appropriate length that falls between low-thigh and knee length or walking/Bermuda style.  Students are not allowed to wear clothing which depicts advertisements or slogans for any alcohol or tobacco products, or any illegal drug or inappropriate (e.g. gang related) messages or pictures.  Fall and Spring picture days are also free dress days.

THE BASIC UNIFORM CONSISTS OF:

Khaki tan or navy blue slacks with a belt;  a polo-style shirt in navy, royal or powder blue, red, white or pale yellow; plain socks in any of the shirt colors or black; and soft sole shoes with closed toe/back.

Shorts are allowed seasonally, and girls may also wear a uniform skirt, skort or jumper.  Please see below for a complete list of approved and not approved uniform wear.

Belts:  Plain black, brown, navy, red, white, khaki colored. (Not required for K-1).  NOT multicolored or patterned or with company logos.

Capris:
  
Plain khaki or navy with a dress pocket.  Only allowed from April 15-Oct. 15.  NOT knit, jean, cargo or carpenter-style.

Dresses: 
Plain khaki, navy, powder blue or red polo-style dresses.  Length mid to lower thigh.  NOT multicolored  or patterned.

Hair:  Neat, clean, well-groomed.  Shirt collar or shorter for boys.  NOT that obstructs vision or is distracting to others.  Extreme cuts or color, such as shaved designs or un-natural hair colors.

Hats:
 Are not part of the uniform and may only be worn outside.  Hats are not to be worn inside any building.  Exceptions are special days.

Jackets/Coats:
 Are not part of the uniform and may only be worn outside.  Jackets/coats are not to be worn in the classroom at any time.  Zip-up hoodies are considered jackets.

Jewelry:
 Earrings may be worn, but cannot be longer than ½ inch from the earlobe.  Boys may not wear earrings.  Necklaces and bracelets should be of religious significance or for a charitable cause and should not be distracting.

Jumpers:
 Plain khaki or navy, or the approved Our Lady of Mt. Carmel uniform plaid, with a uniform shirt underneath.

Make-up/Nail polish:
  Makeup and nail polish may be worn but should be natural in appearance and not distracting.

Oversized/Tight Clothing:
  Clothing should fit properly and not be oversized or too tight.

Pants:
 Plain dress-style khaki or navy slacks with belt loops, worn with a belt.  (K-1 do not have to wear belts.)  NOT Knit, jean, cargo or carpenter-style. They should not have sewn on jean-style patch pockets.

Scout/Athletic Uniforms:  Worn on designated days only with appropriate uniform bottoms.

Shirts:
  Plain short or long-sleeved navy, powder blue, royal blue, red, pale yellow, or white polo-style or button-downs are considered uniform shirts.  They must be tucked in.  NOT with any patterns or company logos, other than an approved OLMC logo.

Shoes:
 Closed, soft sole shoes appropriate for all around school activity.  Tennis shoes are appropriate and are required for P.E. days.  Soft sole boots with no heel are allowed.  NOT sandals, jellies, clogs, Crocs, flip-flops, high-heeled, platform, or hard-soled, such as cowboy boots.

Shorts:
  Plain dress-style khaki or navy, or the approved Our Lady of Mt. Carmel plaid shorts with belt loops, worn with a belt.  Appropriate length is between low-thigh and knee.  Boys may wear cargo style shorts. (Seasonal only)  NOT rolled up, jean style, or carpenter style with patch pockets.

Skirts/Skorts:  Plain dress-style khaki or navy, or the approved Our Lady of Mt. Carmel plaid.  Appropriate length is between low-thigh and knee.  NOT jean style with patch pockets.

Socks:  Plain black, white, navy, royal blue, powder blue, red, pale yellow.  May be footie, ankle, or knee high length.  NOT striped or other patterns, lace, ruffles, or visible company logos.

Sweaters/Cardigans:
 Plain, open or button-down, or pullover with partial zip, in white, navy, royal blue, powder blue, red, or pale yellow, worn over the uniform shirt.  Shirt collars must be visible.  Only OLMC approved logos are allowed.  NOT striped or other patterns or company logos, other than an approved OLMC logo.

Sweatshirts:
 Plain, scoop neck or hoodie sweatshirt in white, navy, royal blue, powder blue, red, or pale yellow, worn over the uniform shirt.  Shirt collars must be visible.  Only OLMC approved logos are allowed.  NOT striped or other patterns or company logos, other than an approved OLMC logo.

Tights/Leggings:  
Girls may wear tights/leggings under their dresses, jumpers, skirts or skorts.  They should be plain navy or white.  NOT striped or other patterns, ruffles or lace.   

T-Shirts:  
 A T-shirt may be worn under the uniform polo-style shirt, but it must be plain and one of the uniform shirt colors.  NOT gray, black or any other non-uniform color, and not displaying any company logos, other than an approved OLMC logo.



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