2021 2022 Dress Code
The school requires a standard uniform for both boys and girls. This uniform should reflect the values we hold in our mission of empowering students through love and virtue, to develop their Catholic faith, their intellect, and a community of One Spirit in Christ Jesus. Students’ appearance should reflect their pride in our community, allow them to focus on their education, and allow teachers to focus on teaching.
It is the parent’s responsibility, along with their child, to ensure children are dressed in accordance with the dress code. It is not the responsibility of the school or school staff to see that children are in proper uniform each day. Immaculate Conception Dardenne requests assistance, in accordance with the school’s mission, to cooperate and support the school 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 at Company Casuals.
- 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 uniform shirts. Parents may choose to have the logo embroidered on the uniform.
The standard ICD uniform shirt is a 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.
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. Shirt hems 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 the front and back (no outside stitched pockets or rivets) with zipper closure.
Stirrup pants, knit pants, yoga-style pants, leggings, or stretch pants are not acceptable. Pants must be worn at the waistline. Jeans, oversized or sloppy pants, or pants worn below the waistline, will not be permitted.
Shorts must be navy blue uniform style walking shorts with zipper, belt loops, and inside pockets, (no outside stitched pockets or rivets). Performance golf shorts may also be worn if logo-free.
Shorts must be of appropriate fit and length. PE shorts, or athletic/basketball style 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 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 the 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.
If a girl’s skirt is not in compliance with the uniform length, a dress code referral will be sent home and there will be a two-week period in which the skirt must be fixed or a new one purchased. If the skirt is not remedied by the end of the two weeks, an administrator will provide a skirt for the student to borrow until the skirt length is addressed.
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.
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 regular school socks. No long pants may be worn under skirts or jumpers. This includes when on the playground.
Students in grades K through 8 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, ¼ 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
- No lighted shoes, roller shoes, oversize shoes
- No sandals, heels, platform/wedges, open toe, or open back shoes of any kind
- Shoes designed to be tied must have shoestrings and must be tied tightly
- Shoelaces must be a solid color
- Standard athletic shoes must be worn for PE classes.
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 and mascara are not allowed for any grade.
Nail polish is allowed for girls in grades 5-8 only. Nails should not pose a distraction from learning.
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.
Students may wear one necklace. Bracelets and rings are not allowed. ICD-related bracelets given out as gifts, prizes, or to raise awareness may be worn.
Boys or girls may wear wristwatches without sounds or alarms. For safety reasons, watches and religious medals should be removed during PE classes.
Students wearing a smartwatch 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 well-kept, kept out of the eyes, and not hanging over the eyes. Patterns, lines, shapes, and other distinctive forms of head shaving are not permitted. 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 optional for boys and girls in grades 6 through 8. 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 the fabric, must measure below the longest fingertips when arms are at rest. Navy blue sweats may be worn on colder days.
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. Name tags should remain neat without stickers, markings, or other obstructions. Name tags include important information regarding the student's name, class, teacher, lunch number, and medical school codes. Students in grades 5 through 8 not wearing nametags will be given a minor referral. Accumulation of four minor referrals will result in restorative formation.
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
One Friday of each month is “Spirit Day”. On these days, students may wear an 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. These shirts may be purchased through My School Bucks 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 dress down on their half birthday.
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, promotes drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or anything else that goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church 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, and/or 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 the fabric, must measure below the longest fingertips 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 minor referral and parents will be called to bring a full change of clothes 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:
- Nonessentials 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 will be asked to bring the item to school.
- Students in grades 5 through 8 who violate the dress code in minor ways, such as a shirt untucked, inappropriate makeup, sweatshirts, jackets while in the building, or skirts rolled up, may receive a minor referral. Dress code referrals will be tracked separately from conduct referrals. Dress code referrals may result in restorative formation if excessive.