Dress Code

2016-17 DRESS CODE POLICY

Student Handbook 

Bishop Kelly’s dress code is intended to encourage modesty, cleanliness, neatness, and pride in one’s appearance and school community. It is our belief that students should respect each other for who they are, not for what they wear. The administration and faculty will monitor student compliance with the dress code. The administration reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of a student’s general appearance and compliance with the code. The school has the duty of presenting and maintaining a serious educational environment, therefore the dress code will be enforced.

Clothing is to be in good condition, not ragged, and without holes or patches.  Nothing students wear may convey an inappropriate message or suggest violence, alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, sex, racism, or gangs.

Students will not be permitted in class if they are out of dress code.  Any class time missed due to being out of dress code will be considered an absence (VA).  Dress Code violations are considered to be a Category 1 violation.  See Page 53 for additional consequences.

Students not in dress code will need to:

  • Correct the problem immediately.
  • Call parents for change of clothing if the problem cannot be corrected.
  • Remain in In-School Detention until the problem is corrected or until the school day ends.

Appropriate Dress for Young Men

Shirts

  • Long or short sleeved collared polo shirts Long or short sleeved collared full-button front shirts (shirts must be buttoned).
  • Long or short sleeved Turtlenecks
  • Knit Sweaters, Sweatshirts, Jackets, Coats, Pullovers, etc. must either be plain (defined appropriate logo or insignia that can fit under a business card is acceptable) or a Bishop Kelly logo (this includes approved clubs and championship sweatshirts) only and  must have an approved collared shirt underneath.

**While shirts do not have to be tucked in, the length should be long enough to tuck in.  All shirts and knit sweaters are to fit appropriately and have no words/numbers/inappropriate graphic designs, or tie-dye.

Pants (Must have seams and/or pockets):

  • Dress slacksKhaki/Docker-Style pants
  • CorduroysColored Denim (EXCEPT BLUE DENIM)
  • Shorts must come to the top of the knee. (No blue denim shorts.)

**All pants must be worn at the waist.
**Lounge pants, sweatpants, or athletic pants/shorts, etc… are not acceptable.

Young Men’s Hair

  • Hair must be neat, clean, properly cut and styled.(No extremes)
  • Hair length must not go past the bottom of the ears, eyes, and must stay off the collar
  • Hair must hang naturally (no ponytails/buns)
  • No unnatural hair coloring; hair must be of one natural color (no two-tone; three tone; etc.); however, natural highlights are acceptable.
  • No facial hair other than sideburns trimmed at the earlobe; (the only exception to this is our No Shave November/December charity drive)

**Hairstyles should not become a distraction to the learning environment.

 

Appropriate Dress for Young Women

Shirts

  • Long or short sleeved collared blouses/shirts (shirts must be buttoned).
  • Long or short sleeved collared polo shirts
  • Long or short sleeved Turtlenecks
  • Long or short sleeved, professional or business casual shirt, that consists of a crew-neck neckline ONLY. (No V-neck, Scoop neck, or T-shirts.)
  • Knit Sweaters, Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Jackets, Coats, Pullovers, etc. must either be plain (defined appropriate logo or insignia that can fit under a business card is acceptable) or a Bishop Kelly logo (this includes approved clubs and championship sweatshirts) only.

** Blouses/shirts cannot be see-through, show midriff area, or have an open back. Short sleeved shirts should cover the shoulder. While shirts do not have to be tucked in, the length must be long enough to tuck in.  All shirts and knit sweaters are to fit appropriately and have no words/ numbers/inappropriate graphic designs, or tie-dye.

** “Baseball tee”, “football tee” and athletic style shirts are not acceptable and will fall under a T-shirt category; therefore will not be considered “business casual”.

Pants (Must have seams and/or pockets):

  • Dress slacksKhaki/Dockers-style pants
  • Corduroys
  • Denim jeans (EXCEPT BLUE DENIM)
  • Shorts, Capris, Skirts (EXCEPT BLUE DENIM); must be within 3” of the knee when standing.
  • Dresses should have a modest look with appropriate neckline (i.e. no lower than bottom of clavicle/collarbone) and must be within 3” of the knee when standing.

**Yoga pants, lounge pants, sweatpants, leggings (as pants), or athletic pants/shorts are not acceptable. Leggings and tights must be covered with appropriate length shorts/skirts/dress.

Young Women’s Hair:

  • Hair must be neat, clean, properly cut and styled. (No extremes)
  • Unnatural colors are not permitted; hair must be of one natural color (no two-tone; three tone; etc..); however, natural highlights are acceptable.

**Hairstyles should not become a distraction to the learning environment.

For All Students

Footwear

  • Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times. All shoes (other than the exceptions noted) must either cover the toe and heel or have heel and toe straps, properly used.
  • Clogs and Birkenstocks styles are permitted. Flip-flops, soccer slides, and slippers are not allowed.

Jewelry/Tattoos/Head Covering/Make-up

  • Young men are not allowed to wear earrings.
  • Young ladies are allowed to wear earrings in moderation.
  • Body piercing or tattooing cannot be visible.Hats/visors/stocking caps/ beanies/sunglasses etc. are not allowed to be worn during the school day
  • Young ladies may wear make-up in moderation.


Mass Dress Code

Days of All School Liturgies and other special occasions are designated dress-up days. These are school days where a more formal appearance is expected of students out of respect for the special purpose of the day.

Sweatshirts are not to be worn.

Young Men:

  • Oxford (button down), collared shirt (long or short sleeved); shirts must be tucked in.
  • Must wear a tie
  • Dress Slacks or Khaki/Dockers-style pants (No denim)

Young Women:

  • Collared, button down, professional, blouse (long or short sleeved); appropriate “classy” sweaters over the collared blouses are acceptable. (Absolutely no flannels.)
  • Dress Slacks or Khaki pants  (No “jeggings” or denim.)
  • Maxi Skirts or Maxi Dresses (at the ankle) only; Maxi dresses must have an appropriate neckline (i.e. no lower than bottom of clavicle/collarbone).

On designated BK Spirit Days, all students can wear their BK T-shirts and BK sweatshirts

On designated College Spirit-Days, all students will be allowed to wear a College t-shirt/Sweatshirt.

On Team Game days, team dress must include appropriate clothing outlined in the Bishop Kelly dress code. On game/competition or designated club/organization days, members may dress alike in the spirit of unity and school pride. Student athletes wanting to wear a team jersey as a symbol of team unity may do so. (At no time are athletic pants/shorts; leggings; yoga pants; etc.. acceptable during the school day.)

 

Parents, students and staff must work together to ensure that the dress code is enforced and supported. The administration will be the final judge of student appearance questions not explicitly covered in dress code guidelines. All staff members will refer students to the Assistant Principals for dress code violations; the Assistant Principals will document the dress code violations.

Students will not be permitted in class if they are out of dress code. Students not in dress code will need to:

  1. Correct the problem immediately.  If the student cannot correct the problem immediately, then any class time missed, due to being out of dress code, will be considered an In-School-Suspension absence (ISS).
  2. Call parents for change of clothing if the problem cannot be corrected. (ISS)
  3. Remain in In-School Suspension until the problem is corrected or until the school day ends.

Failure to maintain proper dress the entire school day will be deemed as insubordination.
First violation: Students will report to the Assistant Principal to correct the dress code violation. Student will receive a warning and discuss further consequences if behavior continues.

Second violation: Students will receive two days lunch detention; students will report to a designated detention room at the beginning of lunch and leave when the bell rings.

Third violation: Students will wear restricted dress for one week; student will be required to check into the Attendance Office daily during the period of restricted dress. Restricted dress will be determined by the Vice-Principal.

Fourth violation: Students will serve a Saturday school and wear restricted dress for two weeks; students will be required to check into the Attendance Office daily during the period of restricted dress. Restricted dress will be determined by the Vice-Principal.

Fifth violation: Students will wear restricted dress for one quarter (9 weeks); students will be required to check into the Attendance Office daily during the period of restricted dress. Restricted dress will be determined by the Vice-Principal.

In any circumstance, the Administration reserves the right for appropriate action for dress code violations. The Bishop Kelly dress code will be enforced during the school year; up to and including graduation day.

For a complete list of BK Policies regarding admission & attendance, student behavior and discipline, and student safety click here.