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DRESS CODE

To promote discipline and to foster pride in being a student at Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School, and wearing a uniform does indeed achieve that purpose, students are expected to follow the dress code.  Adherence to a uniform dress code serves two purposes:  students appear neat and well-groomed and distractions from school work and activities are minimized.  Students grades Pre-K-8 are required to wear the approved uniform. On special occasions, students are not required to wear the uniform; these days will be announced.  Untidy or unkempt clothes are never permitted, nor are clothes with inappropriate logos.  Boy Scout and American Heritage Girl uniforms may be worn on meeting days. There is a special uniform for Physical Education (P.E.) classes which is included in this section.

All uniform regulations and guidelines are subject to the discretion of the Principal.

Uniform components (pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers, blouses, shirts, vests, sweaters, sweatshirts, ties, fleece jackets and accessories) may be purchased at:                              Dennis Uniform®

 3058 Leeman Ferry Rd. SW #F

Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone: 256-883-7887

School Code: BAHSHA

Or order online at www.dennisuniform.com, use above school code when ordering.

Pants and shorts may also be purchased at Land’s End®. No other uniform components are approved for Land’s End®. Previous Land’s End® shirts with logos were grandfathered into the policy until June 1, 2018 and are now no longer permitted. 

Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School has an in-house store called Tiger Den.  School sponsored shirts, accessories and other items can be purchased in this store throughout the year.

All students must be in uniform every day. There is a special uniform for Physical Education class in grades 5-8. There will be out-of-uniform days which will be announced during the course of the year (a dress code for such days is included in this section.)  If there is a time when the prescribed uniform cannot, for some legitimate reason, be worn a note from the parent/guardian must be written to the Principal.  Students who are out of uniform without this excuse will be sent to the office/clinic and the parent will be called to bring the proper clothing.  All effort is made to make sure Dennis Uniform® is kept up to date on all policy revisions. This handbook supersedes the store.

The following are definitions that will apply to all dress codes:

    • Crew socks - Crew length socks are defined as socks 3” above the ankle.
    • Sport socks - Sport socks are defined as the “no show/ankle” socks.
    • Jumper/Skirt/Skort/Short length - Must be an appropriate length of no more than 3 inches above the knee. This is measured when the child is kneeling on the floor. All plaid and khaki jumper/skorts/skirts/shorts must be purchased from Dennis Uniform®.
    • Plaid –All plaid jumper/skirt/skorts/shorts must be #310 plaid and purchased from Dennis Uniform®.
    • Red shirts – Red shirts must be purchased from Dennis Uniform®.
    • Sweaters and sweatshirts – Must be purchased from Dennis Uniform®.
    • Pants/Shorts - Pants and shorts must be purchased from either Dennis or Land’s End Uniform Companies® and must stay at the “natural” waist, no sagging. Pants must be without holes and neat and clean in appearance. At no time may under garments be visible.
    • Shoes - Tennis (no high top/basketball style) shoes must be predominately one color either white, black, gray or dark navy. One small accent color on tennis shoes is permitted.  However, it is not to exceed more than 5% of the shoe area. Laces must match dominate shoe color unless the shoe is all one color in which the laces may be white. Shoes with mesh may not have different color material underneath. Shoes with lights, sounds, characters, beads, wheels, etc. are not allowed. Other permitted shoes must be solid black, brown, white or dark navy only.  Boots, sandals, open back shoes, ballet slippers etc. are not allowed. Dress shoes must be solid in color. Oxford style, saddle shoes, loafers and top-siders (not two-toned) are acceptable. Only non-scuff soles may be worn for P.E.  Footwear must be kept securely fastened at all times. Shoes with laces must be tied at all times. For special occasions or out-of-uniform days, girls may not wear a shoe with a heel over 1 inch for grades PreK-6 and 2 inches for grades 7-8 (heel height is measured from the back exterior of the shoe).
    • Footwear - Sandals and flip-flops are defined as open-toed footwear and boots as footwear that rises above the ankle.  We define open back shoes as clogs (i.e. Crocs®) and slip on shoes. If the teacher deems the footwear inappropriate for any particular time or place, he/she will ask the student to change into their P.E. shoes.
    • Watches – Watches with a beeping device/timer/alarm should be silenced during the school day. 

ALL CLOTHING MUST BE PROPERLY SIZED, CLEAN AND FREE OF HOLES. SHIRT TAILS MUST BE TUCKED IN WHILE ON CAMPUS.

BOYS UNIFORMS

PANTS/SHORTS – Pre-K must wear khaki color only. PreK may also wear pull-on shorts and pants and do not require a belt. Grades K-4 must wear navy color only. Grades 5-8 may only wear either navy or khaki color.

SHIRTS – Pre-K-8 must wear red or white knit shirts (long or short sleeve) with collars; white oxford button down shirts are allowed; red or white long sleeve turtlenecks and “mock” turtlenecks are permitted to be worn under a sweater or sweatshirt only.

WEDNESDAY ATTIRE: Students are permitted to wear new school sponsored t-shirts with regular uniform bottoms.  T-shirts may be purchased in the Tiger Den and are red, navy or gray. These are P.E. approved shirts.   Students do not attend Mass on Wednesdays.  This allows Wednesdays to be more casual day for our uniform.  We are excited to provide school sponsored t-shirts at a low price of $10 each, so students can wear a comfortable t-shirt. This is an option to the regular dress code; there is no requirement to purchase or wear these shirts. The school t-shirt is an every Wednesday option. There will be some out-of-uniform days (see handbook for out-of-uniform dress code policy) in which students have the option to wear non-uniform clothing.  Those will be announced in advance.

FRIDAY MASS ATTIRE: 7th and 8th grade are required to wear a plain (no logo), white long sleeve, oxford shirt with a long neck tie (no bow ties) and khaki pants. Ties must be solid navy and purchased from Dennis Uniform®. Shirts should be ironed and neat in appearance and worn to school on Fridays only.  This shirt is to be worn all day, but sleeves may be rolled up AFTER Mass. Boys must wear solid navy ties purchased from Dennis Uniform with the oxford shirt, but may remove the ties AFTER Mass.

SWEATERS – Navy cardigans, v-neck or pullover sweaters or sweater vests may be worn. The Holy Spirit logo is optional.

SWEATSHIRTS – Sweatshirts and quarter-zip sweatshirts must have the Holy Spirit logo. They may be gray or navy. Sweatshirts must be worn over a collared/mock turtleneck shirt.

JACKETS – Only approved fleece jackets (with logo) from Dennis Uniform® are allowed to be worn in the classroom.

SOCKS – Socks are mandatory and must be solid white, navy or black in crew length only, without emblems or brand names.  Sport socks are not permitted.

BELTS – Belts are mandatory for pants and shorts and must be solid in color (black, brown or dark navy) and leather. Suspenders are not allowed.

GROOMING – Boys are to be well groomed.  Haircuts should be neat, above the eyebrows, trimmed around the ears, not distracting and may not touch the shirt collar. No coloring, tint, tails, spikes, high front lifts, Mohawks, fade cuts or styles such as these are permitted. There may not be more than an inch difference in hair length. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings.  Boys are not permitted to have facial hair and therefore, if applicable, must be clean shaven.

 

GIRLS UNIFORMS

JUMPERS –Pre-K-4 may wear jumpers.

SKORTS – Pre-K-8 may wear plaid skorts; Pre-K and grades 5-8 may also wear khaki skorts.

SKIRTS – May only be worn in grades 5-8; these may be khaki or plaid.

Shorts are required to be worn under all skirts and jumpers. It is strongly recommended that grades 5-8 wear navy gym shorts under their skirts due to P.E. dress requirements.

PANTS/SHORTS – Pre-K must wear khaki color only. PreK may also wear pull-on shorts and pants and do not require a belt. Grades K-4 must wear navy color only. Grades 5-8 may wear either navy or khaki color.

SHIRTS – Red or white knit shirts (long or short sleeve) with collars, white oxford button down blouses and round collar (Peter Pan) blouses are allowed; red or white long sleeve turtlenecks and “mock” turtlenecks are allowed under jumpers, sweaters and sweatshirts.

WEDNESDAY ATTIRE: Students are permitted to wear school sponsored t-shirts with regular uniform bottoms.  Shirts may be purchased in the Tiger Den and are red, navy or gray. These are P.E. approved shirts. Students do not attend Mass on Wednesdays.  This allows Wednesdays to be more casual day for our uniform.  We are excited to provide school sponsored t-shirts at a low price of $10 each, so students can wear a comfortable t-shirt. This is an option to the regular dress code; there is no requirement to purchase or wear these shirts. The school t-shirt is an every Wednesday option. There will be some out-of-uniform days (see handbook for out-of-uniform dress code policy) in which students have the option to wear non-uniform clothing.  Those will be announced in advance.

FRIDAY MASS ATTIRE: 7th & 8th grade are required to wear a plain (no logo), white, long sleeve, oxford shirt with regular uniform bottom. Shirts should be ironed and neat in appearance and worn to school on Fridays only. This shirt is to be worn all day, but sleeves may be rolled up AFTER Mass.

SWEATERS – Navy cardigans, v-neck or pullover sweaters or sweater vests may be worn. The Holy Spirit logo is optional.

SWEATSHIRTS – Sweatshirts and quarter-zip sweatshirts must have the Holy Spirit logo. They may be gray or navy. Sweatshirts must be worn over a collared/mock shirt.

JACKETS – Only approved fleece jackets (with logo) from Dennis Uniform® are allowed to be worn in the classroom.

SOCKS – Socks are mandatory and must be solid white, navy or black, without emblems or brand names.  Crew length, knee socks and tights (white, navy or black) are permitted. Lace, ribbons, pantyhose and sport socks are not permitted.

BELTS – Belts are mandatory for pants and shorts and must be solid in color (black, brown or dark navy). Suspenders are not allowed.

GROOMING – Hair must be neat with no coloring, tint, tails, spikes, high front lifts, Mohawks, fade cuts or styles such as these are permitted. No hair accessories are permitted except school approved items available at Dennis Uniform® or the Tiger Den. Girls may also wear solid in color (red, navy, white or black) hair bows. Thin sport headbands are permitted and must be solid in color (red, navy, black, brown, gray and white). Plain clips and bobby pins are permitted to hold hair back. Nail polish, if worn, may only be clear.  Only stud earrings are allowed; no double piercing.  Minimal and modest jewelry is permitted.  Make-up of any kind is not allowed in grades Pre-K-7.  A modest amount of make-up is permitted for 8th grade.

ADDITIONAL UNIFORM INFORMATION

Exceptions or substitutions to the school DRESS CODE must be approved, in advance, by the Principal.

The very purpose of our school enforcing a uniform policy is to achieve quality and consistency among our students in their style of dress. It takes the combined effort of students, parents and school personnel to see to it that every child comes to school in the proper uniform.

For major dress code violations, the child’s parent will be called to bring the item necessary to complete the uniform. After three documented uniform infractions, the student will be ineligible for out-of-uniform days for the remainder of the year and a mandatory conference with principal, parent and student will be required.

Please print your child’s name on all articles of clothing worn to school and regularly check the lost and found shelving located in the cafeteria for missing articles.  Articles not claimed are periodically given to those with need. 

 

OUT OF UNIFORM DRESS CODE

A good rule to follow: if you think you shouldn’t wear it, you shouldn’t.

BOYS

SHIRTS – Shirts must have sleeves.  T-shirts may be plain or have positive messages.

PANTS – Length, style and condition must be consistent with regular uniform policy.

SHORTS - Shorts must be middle fingertip length or longer. This is defined as when a child stands up straight, with hands extended downward by their side and material must touch middle finger tip or below. Athletic shorts (such as Nike running/tempo shorts) are permitted with compression-style shorts underneath, and must meet the fingertip length requirement. At no time may under garments be visible.

SHOES – Sandals, flip-flops, boots and open back shoes are not allowed. If a student chooses not to wear tennis shoes on out-of-uniform days, it is their responsibility to bring appropriate tennis shoes for P.E. Tennis shoes on these days are not restricted.

SOCKS – Socks must be worn with tennis shoes.

JEWELRY – Earrings are not allowed.

GIRLS

SHIRTS – Shirts must have sleeves.  No tops such as tank tops, halters or mesh “see-through” shirts allowed.  No bare midriffs or exposed shoulders are permitted.  T-shirts may be plain or have positive messages.

SKIRTS/DRESSES – Skirts/dresses must meet the length requirement of the regular uniform.  It is recommended girls wear shorts under their skirts/dresses even on out-of-uniform days.

SHORTS – Shorts must be middle fingertip length or longer. This is defined when a child stands up straight with hands extended downward by their side; material must touch middle finger tip or below. Athletic shorts (such as Nike running/tempo shorts) are permitted with compression-style shorts underneath, and must meet the fingertip length requirement. At no time may under garments be visible.

PANTS – Length, style and condition must be consistent with regular uniform policy. Jeans must be modest in fit. No leggings/jeggings are allowed unless worn under a dress. 

SHOES – Sandals, flip-flops, boots and open back shoes are not allowed. If a student chooses not to wear tennis shoes on out-of-uniform days, it is their responsibility to bring appropriate tennis shoes for P.E. Tennis shoes, on these days, are not restricted.

SOCKS – Socks must be worn with tennis shoes.

JEWERLY/GROOMING – Hair must be neat with no coloring or tint, etc. Only stud earrings are permitted; no double piercing.  No make-up is permitted in grades PreK-7.  A modest amount of make-up is permitted for 8th grade.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.E.) ATTIRE (Grades 5-8)

Students in grades 5-8 are required to dress-out in a school approved P.E. uniform. Because students are required to change their clothing, it is recommended girls wear skirts with appropriate approved P.E. shorts underneath.

BOYS

SHIRT - T-shirts must be solid white or one of the new P.E. approved t-shirts sold only in the Tiger Den (red, navy or gray).

SHORTS – Navy sport shorts must be purchased from Dennis Uniform®. Length of shorts must be fingertip length or longer and fit appropriately. 

SHOES – Refer to Shoes under DRESS CODE.

SOCKS – Socks are mandatory and must be solid white, navy or black in crew length, without emblems or brand names.  Sports socks are not permitted.

OTHER – Sweat suits are allowed on cold temperature days when P.E. is held outside. Sunglasses may be worn when P.E. is conducted outside and must be plastic.

GIRLS

SHIRT- T-shirts must be solid navy or one of the new P.E. approved t-shirts sold only in the Tiger Den (red, navy or gray).

SHORTS – Navy sport shorts must be purchased from Dennis Uniform®. Shorts must be fingertip length or longer and fit appropriately.

SHOES – Refer to Shoes under DRESS CODE.

SOCKS – Socks are mandatory and must be solid white, navy or black in crew or knee length and without emblems or brand names.  Sport socks are not permitted.

OTHER – Sweat suits are allowed on cold temperature days when P.E. is held outside. Sunglasses may be worn when P.E. is conducted outside and must be plastic.

 

FIELD DAY ATTIRE

All out-of-uniform guidelines apply. The following exceptions are permitted on Field Day only.

Pre-K through 4th grade: Girls may wear swimsuits under t-shirts and shorts. We encourage girls to wear one piece suits. For those wearing 2 piece swimsuits they are required to keep their t-shirts on. Boys may wear a t-shirt and swim trunks. No tank tops, halters, mesh “see-through” shirts, bare midriffs or exposed shoulders are permitted.  No sandals or flip flops are permitted. Tennis shoes are required.

5th-8th grade:  Girls may wear swimsuits under their clothes; they are not permitted to take their shirts and shorts off. Girl’s shirts need to be darker in color. Boys may wear t-shirts and swim trunks.  Boys are not permitted to take their t-shirts off.  Compression style shorts are required under all athletic/basketball type shorts for boys and girls. Length requirements are the same, as stated in the Out-of-Uniform Dress Code. No tank tops, halters, mesh “see-through” shirts, bare midriffs or exposed shoulders are permitted.  No sandals or flip flops are permitted. Tennis shoes are required.

 

8th GRADE GRADUATION

The 8th grade graduation ceremony occurs at the end of a special Mass.  Due to the reverence and respect requested for Mass, the dress code is as follows:

Boys: Dress slacks, dress shirt and dress shoes are the minimum requirement.  Suits/sport jackets and ties are encouraged. 

Girls: Dresses and skirts are highly encouraged.  They must be an appropriate length of no more than 3 inches above the knee. No sleeveless or spaghetti strap tops/dresses is permitted without a sweater on at all times in the church. A modest amount of make-up is permitted.

This dress code also applies to the class photo taken after a designed Friday Mass prior to the graduation ceremony.  Students will change into their school uniform after the picture and must comply with all uniform policies.