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2019-2020 Dress Code
The school requires a standard uniform for both boys and girls. A student’s appearance at school reflects an attitude of pride in self, school, and the community. Uniforms are an important part of the school setting. Uniforms allow the students to focus on their education and not be distracted by dress fads or accessories. Uniforms allow the teachers to focus on teaching.
It is not the responsibility of the school or school staff to see that children are in proper uniform each day. It is the responsibility of the parents and the child. Immaculate Conception Dardenne requests assistance, in accordance with the school’s mission, to cooperate and support the school dress code. It is the parent’s responsibility to dress children in accordance with the dress code. All clothing should be neat, cleaned, pressed and mended when necessary.
PURCHASING UNIFORMS AND SPIRIT WEAR
- Uniforms may be purchased through Fischer’s School Uniforms/ Just Me Apparel or Tommy Hilfiger School Uniforms. Parents may also purchase from other outlets that carry appropriate uniform attire.
- Spiritwear may be purchased through Tommy Hilfiger School Uniforms and the ICD Spiritwear Store.
- All uniform suppliers may be found on the ICD School website under uniform links.
LOGOS AND CRESTS
There are no requirements for logos or crests on ICD uniforms. Parents may choose to have the logo embroidered on the uniform through Tommy Hilfiger or Fischer’s School Uniforms/Just Me Apparel for an additional fee.
The standard ICD uniform shirt is a button-up, collared shirt that may be short or long sleeved. Specific brand logos and pleats are not permitted.
Girls and Boys will have a choice of wearing a knit polo style shirt in white, light blue, or navy or a cotton oxford style shirt, in white or light blue. Performance (dri-fit) polos may also be worn if brand-logo free or purchased through Tommy Hilfiger.
8th grade students are permitted to wear a polo style shirt in cardinal red, with or without an ICD crest.
If an undershirt is worn beneath the uniform shirt, it must be logo free and white. Undershirt sleeve length should match the shirt sleeve length. Shirts must be tucked in completely at all times. Shirts must be long enough to be tucked in and long enough to stay tucked in.
PANTS AND SHORTS
Pants must be uniform style in navy blue twill or corduroy, with a plain or pleated front. Uniform style is defined as straight leg pants with inside pockets on front and back (no outside stitched pockets or rivets) with a zipper closure.
Stirrup pants, knit, yoga style or stretch pants are not acceptable. Pants must be worn at the waistline. Jeans, over-sized or sloppy pants, or pants worn slagging or sagging, will not be permitted.
Shorts must be navy blue uniform style walking shorts with zipper and inside pockets, (no outside stitched pockets or rivets). Performance golf shorts may also be worn if logo free or purchased through Tommy Hilfiger.
Shorts must be of appropriate fit and length. PE shorts are not considered walking shorts and are not allowed except for PE.
A dark blue, black, or brown belt must be worn with pants and shorts that are designed with belt loops for students in grades 1-8. No oversized or decorative buckles are allowed. Belts for Kindergarten are optional.
GIRLS’ JUMPERS AND SKIRTS
Dark blue plaid jumpers for grades K through 4 can be purchased through Fischer's School Uniform/, Just Me Apparel or Tommy Hilfiger. These outlets have ICD official plaid, which is the designated fabric chosen to represent Immaculate Conception Catholic School.
Dark blue plaid skirts for grades 5 through 8 may be purchased through Fischer's, Just Me Apparel or Tommy Hilfiger. Skirts and jumpers must be no shorter than 2 inches above the top of the kneecap. Skirts may not be rolled up at the waist.
GIRLS’ MODESTY SHORTS
Shorts must be worn at all times under the jumper or skirt. Stretch bike shorts in the colors of solid black or navy blue are strongly recommended. No long pants may be worn under skirts or jumpers, including when on the playground.
Basic, solid navy blue leggings or tights worn underneath the standard uniform jumper or skirt will be acceptable attire for girls. Girls wearing leggings will still be required to wear the regular school socks. No long pants may be worn under skirts or jumpers. This includes when on the playground.
Students in grades K through 7 choosing to wear a sweatshirt may wear an official ICD navy blue sweatshirt, or an ICD navy blue hooded sweatshirt. Students may also wear the official navy blue embroidered fleece with a small embroidered left chest ICD logo. A uniform shirt must be worn under the sweatshirt, hooded sweatshirt, or fleece.
8th grade students will have the option of purchasing and wearing a red, hooded ICD sweatshirt, 3⁄4 zip sweatshirt, or standard sweatshirt with the ICD left chest logo; or an administration approved sweatshirt, e.g. pro-life, 8th grade class sweatshirt. A uniform shirt must be worn under the sweatshirt, hooded sweatshirt, or fleece.
ICD sweatshirts are the only sweatshirts that will be allowed to be worn in school or church. Students will be asked to remove other jackets or sweatshirts.
Navy blue v-neck, crew neck or cardigan with long sleeves or sweater vest may be worn. A shirt or turtleneck must be worn under the sweater.
White, gray, navy blue or black are the only acceptable colors for socks. Socks with a manufactured logo or colored trim are permitted. Solid white, gray, navy blue or black colored knee socks may be worn with girls’ uniforms.
Shoes must be oxford style or standard athletic style shoes.
Athletic shoes must be predominantly one color. The shoe may have other accent colors on it. Standard hi/mid/low top shoes are acceptable as long as they fit properly.
Oxford shoes may be black, gray, navy blue or brown. Sperry style (loafer or boat) shoes are acceptable as long as they are of approved colors and fit properly.
GUIDELINES FOR SHOES
MAKEUP AND JEWELRY
No make-up of any kind is allowed for grades K through 6. Girls in grades 7 and 8 may wear a small amount of concealer. Full-coverage makeup is not allowed. Nail polish, artificial nails, French manicures, and mascara are not allowed for any grade.
Girls may wear small post earrings, only one stud earring per earlobe. Earrings hanging below the earlobe or multiple earrings in one ear are not permitted. Girls may not have any other piercing. Boys may not wear earrings or have any other piercing.
Bracelets, necklaces or rings are not allowed. Religious chained or leather strapped plain medals, or crosses are allowed, but must be worn underneath the uniform.
Boys or girls may wear wristwatches without beepers or alarms. For safety reasons, watches and religious medals should be removed during PE classes.
Students wearing an Apple watch, must put it in airplane mode and refrain from using any features other than checking the time.
Hair must be neat and clean. A hairstyle must be in keeping with the total image the uniform represents – that is, no extreme hairstyles such as coloring, faux hawks, shaving of patterns or lines, hair extensions, wraps, feathers or beading.
For girls, hair should be kept out of the eyes and not hanging over the eyes.
Hair ornaments must be in keeping with the total image the uniform represents. Excessive, large or distracting hair accessories are not allowed. Hair bows, for example, should be small.
For boys, hair should be kept out of the eyes and not hanging over the eyes. Hair may be no longer than touching the top of the collar. Boys must be clean-shaven.
Girls’ and boys’ hair must be their God-given color. Hair may not be bleached, highlighted or have other chemical alterations.
PE uniforms are required for boys and girls in grades 6 through 8, and are not required for students in grades K through 5. The PE uniform includes a plain or ICD-logoed gray t-shirt and plain or ICD-logoed navy blue shorts. Shorts, at the shortest point of fabric, must measure below the longest finger tips when arms are at rest. Navy blue sweats may be worn on colder days. Students in grades 6 through 8 who do not have the designated uniform on for class will be given a growth signature on the virtue card.
All students (K-8) must wear standard tennis shoes with non-scuffing soles during PE class. Laces must be tied or fastened tightly.
Name tags are an important safety feature and are required as part of the uniform. Name tags must be worn on the collar at all times including lunch and recess. If a child’s name tag is lost, the charge is $3.00 per new name tag, and will be invoiced at the end of the year through My School Bucks. Name tags should remain neat without stickers, markings, or other obstructions. Name tags include important information regarding student’s name, class, teacher, lunch number, and medical school codes. Students in grade 6 through 8 not wearing name tags will be given a check on the virtue card.
OTHER GROUP UNIFORMS
Scouts, Heritage Girls, and other groups approved through administration may wear their uniforms to school on school days when group, troop, den, pack meetings or special events may occur. These uniforms must include identifiable markings and must be in keeping with the overall uniform of the represented group. All pieces must be official group or school uniform (NO jeans).
SPIRIT DAY - DRESS CODE
At the beginning of the school year, students will be given the opportunity to purchase a spirit shirt for the year. One Friday of each month is “Spirit Day”. On these days, students may wear the official ICD T-shirt, ICD sweatshirt, the yearly spirit shirt, the “Cure for Carson” shirt, or any other ICD logoed shirt with uniform bottoms or the official ICD School sweatpants. On spirit days, students are allowed to wear a nice white long sleeve shirt under the t-shirts.
On spirit days, all other policies for dress regarding shoes, socks, jewelry and makeup remain part of the dress code. At the discretion of the teacher and school administration, the spirit shirts will also be worn on field trips and other special occasions.
8th GRADE SPIRIT SHIRT/SWEATSHIRT
At the beginning of the school year, a special 8th grade spirit day t-shirt or sweatshirt will be designed and may be ordered as an optional purchase to be worn by the 8th graders on spirit days. Shirts will be available through our online store and will only be available for purchase by eighth graders.
DRESS CODE FOR FREE DRESS AND PICTURE DAYS
Occasionally a free dress day will be given to students as a reward or for recognition. Free dress days refer to clothing only. Jewelry, nail polish, and makeup are not permitted on free dress days or picture days.
BIRTHDAY DRESS DOWN
Children may have a free dress day on their birthday if they wish. If a child’s birthday falls during the summer, he or she may choose another day.
Clothing worn on free dress days must be in good taste and must be able to be worn for all normal school activities. Any items of clothing displaying insignia which conveys the image of gang membership, supports the beliefs of hate groups, makes sexual innuendos, or promotes drugs, alcohol, or tobacco is inappropriate for school and will not be allowed. Clothing that supports political candidates is not permitted to be worn at school.
Sleeveless, tank tops, thin strap tops, or bare midriffs are not permitted.
PANTS AND SKIRTS
On free dress days, students are allowed to wear nice jeans/pants, including appropriate fitted athletic pants. Girls may also choose to wear a skirt no shorter than two inches above the kneecap with modesty shorts underneath. Jeggings, yoga pants, leggings, pajamas are not allowed to be worn. Pants may not have holes, cuts, frays or any other type of tearing.
Shorts, at the shortest point of fabric, must measure below the longest finger tips when arms are at rest. Low-riding hip-hugger shorts are not acceptable
On free dress days, students may wear socks of their choice.
On free dress days, girls may wear boots. Boots must be well-fitted and should not impede a child’s ability to walk properly. No high-heeled boots are allowed, including cowboy boots.
If children come to school on free dress days, dress down days, or picture days dressed inappropriately, parents will be called to bring other clothing. Students in grades 6 through 8 will receive a check on the virtue card and parents will be called to bring a full change of uniform for the student.
A general rule of thumb to use is “when in doubt of the appropriateness of some piece of clothing, don’t wear it”.
No uniform/dress code can cover all eventualities or possibilities. It should be understood that the principal will have the final decision about acceptable and unacceptable attire.
Consequences for students who are out of uniform:
- Non-essentials will be removed (sweatshirts, sweaters, jewelry, excessive hair clips, etc.)
- If essentials of the uniform are not present, the student will call home and parents are asked to bring the item to school.
- Students in grade 6 through 8 who violate the dress code in minor ways, such as a shirt untucked, socks not visible or inappropriate makeup, sweatshirts, jackets while in the building, no PE uniform, or skirts rolled-up, may receive a check on the virtue card.
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