Dress Code

DRESS CODE POLICY: Proper dress and respect for the body are important in setting the pattern for appropriate school and social conduct. At Saint Katharine Drexel School, we have a dress code that reflects high standards traditionally associated with our school. These codes are designed to encourage modesty that accounts for neatness, cleanliness, safety, and an environment that is conducive to learning. A responsible approach to personal appearance demonstrates respect for ourselves and for our school community. Cooperation in adhering to the dress code promotes self-discipline on the part of the students. It is the parent/guardian responsibility to ensure that the dress code is followed so class time is not taken for teachers to remind the students and enforce the codes.

STUDENTS WILL FOLLOW THE SKDS DRESS CODE FOR ALL ACTIVITIES, EVENTS, AND CELEBRATIONS REPRESENTING SKDS.

ONLY ITEMS INCLUDED ON THE DRESS CODE DESCRIPTION/LISTING ARE ACCEPTABLE. ALL OTHER CLOTHING IS IN VIOLATION OF OUR SKDS UNIFORM CODE.

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DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS:

If a student is wearing something that does not meet dress code criteria as DETERMINED BY THE TEACHER AND/OR PRINCIPAL as being either inappropriate, unsafe, distracting or in any manner in conflict with the Dress Code, s/he will inform the student of this and will provide notification to the student’s parent/guardian:

  • FIRST VIOLATION of the Dress Code: The student will be given a chance to change into accepted clothing. If unable to change, the parent/guardian will be called to bring acceptable clothing.
  • SECOND VIOLATION: A detention will be given and the parent/guardian will be called to bring acceptable clothing.
  • ADDITIONAL VIOLATIONS: Additional violations are subject to suspension.

DRESS CODE APPROVED BY SCHOOL BOARD FEBRUARY 19, 2009.

Special days/events/activities dress code:  At times during the year, there are events and activities during which the student may not be required to wear the SKDS uniform.  Some examples may include concerts, dances, field trips, holiday/sport events, etc.  These occurrences will be announced from the school office.  (At all other times unless specifically noted, students are required to be in uniform.)  On these days/events/activities specific instructions as to the type of appropriate clothing items are sent home.  These non-uniform occurrences may not pertain to all grade levels for any given day and/or event.  However, the items must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • TOPS: 
    • neckline no more than 2 finger widths from the collar bone
    • sleeves no less than at the outside edge of the shoulder and no lower than 2 fingers below the armpit
    • cannot be see-through
    • must fully cover body in all body positions
  • BOTTOMS:
    • must be worn at the natural waistline
    • can be no shorter than 2 inches above the kneecap
    • cannot be skin tight 
  • GENERAL: 
    • must contain no wording or illustrations contrary to our mission, philosophy goals
    • must not promote or advertise any item or activity contrary to our mission, philosophy, goals