Dress Code


Divine Redeemer Catholic School Uniform Policy

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Purchasing Uniforms

All uniforms are to be purchased at:
LAND’S END
http://www.landsend.com/pp/SchoolSearch.html?action=landing&selectedSchoolNum=900172040

Here is additional information on How To Order Uniforms From Lands End.

Please call the school office at (843) 553-1521 if you have any questions.

All students should come to school in clean uniforms daily. Statistically it has been proven that students who wear uniforms take their studies more seriously, and students who “look sharp” are actually sharper in class. Give your child the “edge” by providing him or her with clean, neat, pressed clothing that fits properly. Also make sure that your child brushes his or her hair and teeth each morning before leaving for school.

GIRLS’ UNIFORMS

Jumpers: Divine Redeemer Catholic School jumpers- through Grade 4 (sold only at Land’s End). No other brands allowed.
Skirts: Divine Redeemer Catholic School plaid skirts – Grade 4 through Grade 8 (Land’s End). No other brands allowed.
Slacks: Navy blue dress slacks, with belt (grades 2-8). (No belt necessary for grades K-3 through 1.)
Shorts (Optional to be worn February 28th through November 1st): Navy blue walking shorts, with belt (grades 2-8). (No belt necessary for grades K-3 through 1.)
Skorts (Optional to be worn February 28th through November 1st): Navy blue school skorts.
Shirts: Pull-on polo shirt, white or light blue with Divine Redeemer Catholic School logo – long or short sleeves.
Blouses: White or pale blue Peter Pan collar or oxford dress shirt – long or short sleeves – no logo.
Turtlenecks: White long sleeve turtlenecks may be worn under jumpers in cold weather.
Short Socks (Optional to be worn February 28th through November 1st): Navy blue or white, short for summer uniform. Socks that do not cover the ankle are not permitted. No “footies.”
Long socks: black, navy-blue or white must be worn between November 1st and February 28th.
Tights: Navy-blue, black or white tights may be worn in lieu of long socks.

BOYS’ UNIFORMS

Slacks: Navy blue dress slacks, with belt (grades 2-8). (No belt necessary for grades K-3 through 1.)
Shorts (Optional to be worn February 28th through November 1st): Navy blue walking shorts, with belt (gerades 2-8). (No belt necessary for grades K-3 through 1.)
Shirts: Pull-on polo white or light blue shirt with Divine Redeemer Catholic School logo – long or short sleeves. White dress oxford shirt – long or short sleeves – no logo.
Socks: Black, navy blue or white. Socks that do not cover the ankles are not permitted. No “footies.”

GIRLS’ AND BOYS’ UNIFORMS

Shoes: Black, navy or brown dress shoes. No heels over 1” or sandals permitted for safety reasons. For K3 through Grade 4, shoes need to have laces or buckles. Tennis shoes or athletic shoes are not permitted for daily wear. Shoes must be worn tied at all times.
Sweaters: Plain navy blue without logos. Sweaters may be cardigan or vest. Sweatshirts are not to take the place of a sweater. No sweatshirts or jackets are allowed that have any logos other than the school logo.
School Fleeces and Windbreaker Jackets:
School fleeces and windbreaker jackets are available from Land’s End. School fleeces are the only fleeces that may be worn in the classroom, but may only be worn in temperatures below 70 degrees. No jackets are allowed to be worn all day in class in lieu of sweaters. They are for outdoors.
Sweatshirts: School sweatshirts or plain navy pullover sweatshirts may only be worn during the cold weather season, in temperatures lower than 70 degrees.
Belts: For Grades 2nd through 8th, belts must be worn with shorts and slacks. The colors may be black, brown, or navy blue.

DRESS UNIFORM FOR 5th – 8TH GRADERS

Both boys and girls will wear a short or long-sleeved white or pale blue dress shirt (no polos). Boys will wear a uniform tie, and navy pants. Girls will wear a uniform navy vest and plaid skirt. Dress uniforms will be worn on days when students attend Mass, and for some other occasions. (Plaid ties, plaid skirts, and navy vests are available through Lands’ End.)

P.E. UNIFORM

PE Uniforms will be worn on the day that each class has PE. The uniform includes shorts and a t-shirt with the school logo. There is one additional option for PE shirts. Students may wear the most recent “Race for Education” shirt. (This year they may wear the white one with the small footprints on the front.) In colder weather, students may also wear navy sweatpants and a sweatshirt, with or without the DRS logo.

Shorts: Navy blue mesh gym shorts – with logo (available through Land’s End only).
T-shirts: White Divine Redeemer Catholic School T-shirt with logo (available through Land’s End only).
Sweatshirts: Navy blue plain pullover sweatshirt with or without Divine Redeemer Catholic School logo. (No hoodies, please.)
Sweatpants: Navy blue plain sweatpants with or without Divine Redeemer Catholic School logo.
Socks for P.E: White or navy blue socks. NO FOOTLETS ALLOWED – ONLY SOCKS THAT COVER THE ANKLES. This is for protection of the ankles during P.E.
Athletic shoes: Predominately white, navy blue, grey, or black are allowed. No outlandish fads. Parents please use common sense and judgment regarding Athletic shoes.

DRS team sweatshirts (those from the current year or from one year prior) will only be permitted to be worn by team members on Fridays, for Spirit Day. (Keep in mind that the team sweatshirts are optionally purchased for team members so that they will have something warm to wear over the team uniform. They were never intended to be worn every day of the year.)

POLICIES REGARDING DRESS CODE

GIRLS

  • Keep hair neat and well groomed. Haircuts and styles shall present a balanced appearance. Hair must be out of the eyes. Lopsided and extremely asymmetrical styles are not authorized. Coloring, bleaching or tinting of hair is not allowed. Hairstyles shall not be outrageously multicolored or faddish; these include shaved portions of the scalp (other than neckline), or have designs cut or braided into the hair. Foreign material (i.e. beads, decorative items) shall not be braided into the hair. Appropriateness of a hairstyle shall also be judged by its appearance.
  • No make-up, nail polish or perfume.
  • Fingernails shall not exceed ¼ inch measured from fingertip. They shall be kept clean.
  • No rings.
  • Skirts must be a decent length, at or below the knee. Any rolling up of the skirt will result in a dress code violation notice.
  • Blouses must be tucked in at all times.
  • No flannel shirts will be used as jackets.
  • No wrist bands may be worn.
  • No wind-suit jackets and pants.
  • No jewelry except a watch, a religious medallion or cross may be worn around the neck under the shirt.
  • No piercings (other than the ears) or tattoos.
  • Earrings are to be simple “sleepers” or small ball earrings may be worn to keep the holes open for pierced ears. No dangling earrings permitted for safety reasons.
  • Belts must be worn with slacks and school dress shorts (grades 2-8).
  • Habitual violations will result in dress code violation notices.

BOYS

  • Keep hair neat and well groomed. Hair may not touch the collar, the ears, or extend below eyebrows. Hair above the ears and around the neck shall be tapered from the lower natural hairline upwards and at least ¾ inch and outward not greater than ¾ inch to blend in with hairstyle. The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately two inches. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass that protrudes from the scalp. No bleaching or coloring of the hair. Varying hairstyles are permitted if these styles meet the maximum length and bulk, tapered neck and sides. Plaited or braided hair shall not be worn. No Mohawk haircuts, please. The face shall be clean shaven.
  • The face shall be clean shaven.
  • Fingernails shall not exceed past fingertips. They shall be kept clean.
  • No jewelry except a watch, a religious medallion or cross may be worn around the neck under the shirt.
  • No rings.
  • No piercings, earrings, or tattoos.
  • No flannel shirts will be used as jackets,
  • No clothing that is too large – no “hip-hop” fads.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all; times with the exception of recess and P.E.
  • Belts must be worn with slacks and school dress shorts (grades 2-8).
  • Habitual violations will result in dress code violation notices.

Violations of Dress Code will be handled as follows:

  1. A notice will be sent home with the student.
  2. If the note fails to make it home, the parent will be contacted the following day.
  3. It is expected that the infraction be addressed by the parent.
  4. Regular “uniform checks” for all grades will take place at least once each nine week period.

THE FINAL DECISION ON A QUESTION REGARDING COMPLIANCE WITH SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY WILL REST WITH THE SCHOOL.  As not all violations of the school norm can be listed, it is with common sense, and in order to complement the Catholic School environment, that will result in the school making the final decision in each individual case. In medical cases, a doctor’s note will clarify an unusual situation, and this will be the documentation needed in the child’s folder. Or if a student cannot wear the correct uniform for a particular reason, (i.e. medical), a note explaining the situation from the parent will suffice for that day. Circumstances will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If, in any instance, the parent does not accept the school’s final decision and is not willing to comply with the school’s policy, a separation may be warranted for the good of both parties. Please note: Students who are repeatedly out of compliance with uniform policies will forfeit all dress down opportunities.

TAGGING CLOTHES – LOST AND FOUND
All clothes must be with your child’s name. If lost articles are found, they are sent to Caddell Hall. They will be returned to the proper owner, if labeled. Clothes that are not labeled will go into the “Lost and Found” box kept in Caddell Hall beside the stage. All items not retrieved by the end of the school year will be donated to charity.

Spirit Day:
Friday Of each week, students may wear the Spirit T-shirt, provided by the school. Spirit shirts will be worn with the regular school uniform pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, etc. On the last Friday of each month, students may wear the Spirit shirt with jeans or shorts (weather-appropriate).

Dress Down Days:
From time to time, students will be allowed to “dress down” for certain occasions. It is important to note that even on dress down days, students are expected to dress modestly and neatly. Therefore there should be no extremely tight or short clothing, and no low-cut or revealing clothing worn. For safety, students may not wear open-toe or backless shoes, sandals, or flip-flops. Shoes must be tied at all times. NO make-up or nail polish is allowed at any time. Generally, dress down days will not be permitted on days that students attend Mass, unless it is a special occasion.