School uniforms promote unity, modesty, and neatness. They should in no way be worn or altered to make a fashion statement. Our uniforms prevent unnecessary fashion competition and promote good attitudes and habits in school so as not to detract from the learning environment. The faculty and staff of St. Francis of Assisi reserves the right to determine whether a student’s attire meets the established guidelines whether it is a regular uniform day, Mass/Formal day or “free dress” day. As we partner together in the mission of St. Francis, please check your child’s choice of clothing to ensure that it meets the uniform guidelines and is appropriate for school. Students that are in violation of the dress code will be asked to change into appropriate attire.
All students enrolled in St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School must wear the entire uniform as described below unless there is an emergency or they have a free dress day. If your child must be out of uniform, please send a note explaining the situation. All school uniforms are available for purchase at DENNIS, 10266 Rockingham Dr, Suite 150 Sacramento, CA 95827 or online at www.dennisuniform.com (school code: USTFRA). PE Uniforms will be available online multiple times a year through Athletics Unlimited. Twill pants or shorts and white or gray uniform shirts may also be purchased elsewhere. The school cannot anticipate every fashion trend that may develop and therefore reserves the right to make judgments regarding the application of these general guidelines to specific items at any time.
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UNIFORM & DRESS CODE POLICY
Students must be in uniform starting the first day of school.
Students should practice proper hygiene daily.
Uniforms must fit appropriately and modestly. NO “tight-fitting” clothing.
Skirt, jumper, skort or short length may not be shorter than 3” (inches) from the top of the knee (repeat violations of skirt length may result in a requirement to wear pants instead of a skirt, jumper or skort).
During to and from school and recess periods, non-St. Francis jackets or coats may be worn in addition to the uniform attire.
While on campus, all students are expected to adhere to the Dress Code in accordance with the following guidelines:
The following rules will be enforced regarding free dress:
1. Modesty and simplicity are guiding principles for free dress.
2. Interpretation of appropriate dress will be left up to the faculty of the school.
3. Clothing must not interfere with instruction or other activities.
4. Clothing must be clean and modest. No halter-tops, spaghetti straps, or tank tops; any sleeveless shirt must be at least three inches wide across the shoulder.
5. Clothing may not have markings, questionable pictures, drawings, symbols, or advertising on it (i.e., alcohol, cigarette, or drug endorsements, words which are racial slurs, sexual comments, intolerant words or comments of any kind).
6. Clothing may not be ripped or torn.
7. Shirts, blouses or tops must be worn at all times and must completely cover the chest area. Bare midriffs are not allowed and must fit appropriately.
8. Flat, closed shoes are the only shoes acceptable; Socks must be worn. (In the case of a special event, specific instructions will be given).
9. Shorts or skirts must not be too short. This clothing may be considered inappropriate if they are shorter than the tip of the longest finger when the arms are fully extended down the side of the student’s body.
10. Jeans in good repair (with no holes, intentional or otherwise) will be acceptable for casual “free dress” (not on “dress up” days or addressing the student body at Mass).
11. Pants of any kind must fit appropriately and be worn at the waist.
12. Low, sagging pants are never permitted.
13. Hats may not be worn in the school building, except on special occasions.
14. Yoga style tight fitting pants or capri are never permitted.
15. Leggings and tights are not allowed to be worn alone. If worn, they are acceptable with shorts, skirts, or pants.
Violators of the clothing rules will be asked to call their parents who will be asked to bring them appropriate clothing. If students violate Free Dress repeatedly, further disciplinary consequences will be taken. Extension has their own rules for play clothes after school. Please note their handbook or check with Mrs. Sanchez (the Extension Director) if you have a question about clothing being appropriate.
We encourage parents to recycle their children’s uniforms. After your child has outgrown them, bring clean uniforms to the Uniform Exchange Cabinet. Parents are welcome to take whatever uniforms they need. Uniform Exchange is located on the 1st Floor outside of the cafeteria in between Performing Arts Room and Extension.