Dress Regulations

The manner of dress should be appropriate to the serious nature of academic endeavors. The school expects the full support of parents and guardians in implementing all aspects of the dress code. Therefore, St. Francis de Sales students are required to adhere to the following dress regulations on and around the school grounds. The fact that some types of clothing, footwear, or hairstyles are not specifically forbidden does not make them acceptable. Any jewelry, symbols, footwear or hairstyles not covered here, judged by the Deans to be immodest, disruptive, inappropriate, excessive, and/or extreme will not be allowed. THE DECISION OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS IS FINAL SHOULD A QUESTION ARISE REGARDING DRESS OR APPEARANCE. Students who fail to comply with the dress code regulations are subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, a detention and/or in-school or at-home suspension. 

GIRLS’ REGULATIONS

  • Uniforms - Girls must wear a blue polo shirt or oxford cloth shirt with the St. Francis de Sales logo, a uniform skirt or pants, a uniform sweater, which are purchased from Land's End. Uniform skirts must be no shorter than two inches measured from the middle of the knee. 
  • Shirts - The uniform polo shirt or uniform blouse must have sleeves and must be tucked in at all times. 
  • Sweaters - When the school sweater is worn, collars of the polo or the dress oxford must be visible. If a student is cold, it is required that she layer clothing underneath the uniform. Students may wear plain white t-shirts or plain white turtlenecks under the uniform shirt or blouse, but not in place of the uniform shirt or blouse. ALL SWEATERS MUST BE CLEAN AND FREE OF HOLES OR THEY MUST BE REPLACED. Students may not wear jackets during the school day. This includes, but is not limited to, warm-up jackets, fleece pullovers, wind-shirts and/or athletic warm-up jackets (unless St. Francis de Sales team warm-ups, when permitted). This policy is also in effect on Spirit Days. 
  • Pants - Dress pants may be worn in place of the uniform skirt. "Dickies" or "Dockers" style pants may be worn. The three acceptable colors are: NAVY, BLACK, AND BEIGE (KHAKI). Jean-style pants (pants with rivets, patch pockets on the back, etc.) work pants, fatigues, or sweatpants of any color will not be allowed. Cargo pants and pants that have large pockets stitched on the outside are unacceptable. Pants should fit appropriately to the student's body size and body shape. Pants and other articles of clothing should neither be too tight nor too baggy. Dickie-style Bermuda length shorts in the previously mentioned colors are acceptable. 
  • Belts - Pants are to be worn at the waist, with a buckled belt at all times. Dress belts of appropriate size and length are to be worn at all times. Any extra length of the belt is to be looped through the pant loops and not to hang down from the pants. Metal or chain belts and oversized belt buckles are unacceptable. Chains from belts to pockets are not allowed.
  • Hair - Hair should be styled in a way as not to be distracting to other students. Hair must not be of an extreme color, nor have an excessive number of barrettes, clips, beads or other ornamentation in their hair. NO FADS OR EXTREMES WILL BE TOLERATED.  For example, a student having an extreme hair color is considered to be in violation of the uniform policy. hair color must be natural-looking. Hair dyed or colored an unnatural color, whether completely or in patches or in streaks, that draws one's attention is not acceptable. Expenses incurred for restoration will be the responsibly of the student. The high school reserves the right to define "extreme." Headbands, either flexible or non-flexible, may not be more than one (1) inch wide, and only one head band at a time may be worn. Headbands must be of a solid color. Acceptable colors are navy, gray, black, white, and brown. HATS MAY NOT BE WORN IN THE BUILDING AT ANY TIME. 
  • Shoes - Girls are required to wear dress shoes of one solid color. Shoes must be leather or leather-like, either tie or loafer-style, cut below the ankle. Neither sandals, boots, or hiking shoes may be worn. Shoes should have a non-marking sole, and be free of cleats, nails or other items that could damage the floor. The only acceptable colors are BLACK, BROWN, NAVY, GRAY, AND BURGUNDY. White or light-colored shoes are not acceptable. Socks or stockings must be worn at all times. SHOES MADE BY AN ATHLETIC COMPANY ARE NOT CONSIDERED DRESS SHOES AND ARE UNACCEPTABLE. Shoes must be tied, laced, buckled, strapped etc., at all times. Only one color lace is acceptable, should not contrast with the color of the shoe, and must be the same in both sides. 
  • Socks - Socks or stockings must be worn at all times. The acceptable colors are navy, grey, black, white, or brown. Socks must be a SOLID COLOR and be matching pair. 
  • Jewelry - No fads or extremes in jewelry will be accepted. Girls may only wear earrings, finger rings, bracelets, watches, and necklaces with the appropriate pictures, numbers, and/or sayings. Only one bracelet and one watch are allowed. No other visible body piercing is allowed. No band-aids for cosmetic purposes are permitted. 
  • Tattoos - Tattoos are unacceptable. Students with visible tattoos at school or any school-sponsored event or activity may be asked to cover them. The covering must happen within the confines of the uniform (i.e. no bandages, etc). Students who refuse may be subject to disciplinary action.


BOYS’ REGULATIONS

  • Shirts - Boys must wear either a SFDS logo blue oxford dress shirt (long or short sleeve). It must be tucked in at all times. Note: The blue SFDS monogram on the polo shirts and dress oxford shirts is not colorfast. To retain the blue color, please do not bleach. 
  • Ties - Ties must be worn at all times, pulled all the way up to the collar with the top of the shirt buttoned. Ties must be solid navy blue and striped blue and gold. They are available at Land's End. 
  • Sweaters - When wearing the school sweater, collars of the polo or the dress oxford must be visible. If a student is cold, it is suggested that they layer their clothing underneath their uniform. Students may wear plain white t-shirts or plain white turtlenecks under the uniform shirt or blouse, but not in place of the uniform shirt. Ties must be tied and worn properly at the next at all times. Students may not wear jackets during the school day. This includes, but is not limited to, warm-up jackets (unless St. Francis de Sales team warm-ups when permitted). This policy is also in effect on "Spirit Days". ALL SWEATERS MUST BE CLEAN AND FREE OF HOLES OR MUST BE REPLACED. 
  • Pants - Dress pants must be worn. “Dickies” or “Dockers” style pants may be worn. The three acceptable colors are: NAVY, BLACK, AND BEIGE (KHAKI). Jean-style pants (pants with rivets, patch pockets on the back, etc.), work pants, fatigues, or sweatpants of any color will not be allowed.Cargo pants and pants that have large pockets stitched on the outside are unacceptable. Pants should fit appropriately to the student's body size and body shape. Pants and other articles of clothing should neither be too tight nor too baggy. Dickie-style Bermuda length shorts in the previously mentioned colors are acceptable. 
  • Belts - Black and brown dress belts of appropriate size and length are to be worn at all times. Any extra length of belt is to be looped through the pant loops and not to hang down from the pants. Metal or chain belts or oversized belt buckles are unacceptable. 
  • Hair - NO FADS OR EXTREMES IN HAIR STYLES WILL BE TOLERATED. As an example, if a student chooses to have the side or back of his head shaved to the scalp, the unshaved portion of his hair MAY NOT COVER THE SHAVED PORTION. Hair should be moderate in length and trimmed so as not to extend beyond the collar of the shirt, and/or the mid point of the ear, with attention being given to its being clean and combed. Males may wear braids or rows in their hair provided they go straight back from the brow. They are not permitted to have designs or beads in them. Rubber bands must be the same color. The length of the braid or row when extended may not be longer than the collar of the uniform shirt, when the head is held in an upright position. Neither locks nor tails of any kind are permitted. Hair styles may not include lines or designs cut into the hair. Hair color must be natural-looking. Hair styles such as spikes, afros, etc. must not stand off the head taller than two (2) inches. Any hairstyle that brings undue attention to students is unacceptable. Students must have natural-looking hair color. HATS MAY NOT BE WORN IN THE BUILDING AT ANY TIME. 
  • Facial hair - Facial hair must be removed daily, if necessary. Mustaches, beards, goatees and other forms of facial hair are not permitted. Students failing to comply with the facial hair expectations may be asked to shave and may be subject to disciplinary action including but not limited to; detention, and/or in-school or out-of-school suspension. Side burns are not to extend below the bottom of the earlobe. Failure to comply will result in suspension. 
  • Shoes - Boys are required to wear dress shoes of one solid color. Shoes must be leather or leather-like, either tie or loafer- style, cut below the ankle. Neither sandals, boots, or hiking shoes may be worn. Shoes should have a non-marking sole, and be free of cleats, nails or other items that could damage the floor. The only acceptable colors are BLACK, BROWN, NAVY, GRAY, AND BURGUNDY. White or light-colored shoes are not acceptable. Socks or stockings must be worn at all times. The acceptable colors for socks are as follows: navy, gray, white, brown or burgundy. Socks must be a solid color and be a matching pair. SHOES MADE BY AN ATHLETIC COMPANY ARE NOT CONSIDERED DRESS SHOES AND ARE UNACCEPTABLE. Shoes must be tied, laced, buckled, strapped etc., at all times. Only one color lace is acceptable, should not contrast with the color of the shoe, and must be the same in both sides. 
  • Jewelry - No fads or extremes in jewelry will be accepted. Boys may wear only finger rings, bracelets, watches, and necklaces with the appropriate pictures, numbers, and/or sayings. EARRINGS MAY NOT BE WORN IN THE BUILDING AT ANY TIME. (No other visible body piercing is allowed. No band-aids are permitted for cosmetic purposes.) 
  • Tattoos - Tattoos are unacceptable. Students with visible tattoos at school or any school-sponsored event or activity will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Warm Weather

If students anticipate being hot in the classroom or in any part of the school, students may wear appropriate-length khaki uniform shorts with white shocks and tennis shoes UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15th in the Fall and AFTER MEMORIAL DAY in the Spring on NON-MASS and NON-ASSEMBLY days. Ties are not required for boys when shorts are worn. 

The full uniform is required during the first week of school; the warm weather uniform may not be worn during this time. 

Students may not mix and match the standard and warm weather uniform. (i.e. students may not wear pants and tennis shoes with no tie)

The administration reserves the right to eliminate warm weather uniform days as needed. 

Students who are not in the proper uniform may not be permitted to attend class. The school will lend uniform items (shoes, ties, etc.) if they are available. Otherwise, the student will report to in-school suspension until the proper uniform item(s) can be brought for them. 

Students who borrow uniform items may be asked to present something for collateral. Upon the third time of requesting a uniform item, the student may receive detention. The continued need to borrow uniform items may result in further disciplinary action, up to and including suspension. 


SPIRIT DAYS
A student who participates in “Spirit Day” may be out-of-uniform if he/she is wearing clothing that has the school name on it. Spirit clothing cannot be homemade, THE CLOTHING MUST BE WORN AS DESIGNED AND NOT ALTERED. The spirit wear must be clearly visible, not worn under another shirt, jacket or overalls. Also, please refer to the jacket policy under Dress Regulations. Indecent or immodest dress will result in disciplinary action.

OUT-OF-UNIFORM DAYS
On several occasions throughout the school year, students will be allowed to be out of uniform during the school day. Being out-of-uniform requires wearing clothing in good taste and in good condition. Clothing must be worn as designed. Final decision on appropriate out-of-uniform clothing rests with the Dean of Students. Indecent or immodest dress will result in disciplinary action. 

•Jeans - Jeans should be clean and without holes. Straps on overalls must both be secured. 

•Shorts - Shorts should be clean and without holes. In addition, the shorts should be at least fingertip length. This means that if you stand with your arms at your side, your shorts are not shorter than where your fingertips end. Spandex shorts are not permissible. 

•Skirts - Skirts or dresses should not be shorter than 3-4 inches above the knee. Slits in skirts or dresses should be no shorter than fingertip length. 

•T-shirts - T-shirts should be clean and without holes. T-shirts may not advertise beer or have beer slogans printed on them. T-shirts may not have profanity or questionable language or designs on them. Also not allowed are: midriffs or shirts that expose the stomach, shoulder tops or tank tops, and skimpy or revealing tops. Sleeveless shirts, sleeveless sweaters and/or tank tops are only to be worn with a sleeved shirt underneath it or over it. Jackets, even as part of an outfit, are not allowed. 

•Shoes - Gym shoes may be worn if the shoe laces are only one color and are the same color in both shoes. Sandals may be worn on these days. 
 

Lunch Period Regulations

  • Some classes are in session during the lunch periods. Consequently, students will take extra care to be quiet passing to and from lunch.
  • Students are allowed to eat only during their scheduled lunch period.
  • Students are responsible for the cleanliness of the area where they eat.
  • Loud or boisterous behavior in the Cafeteria and while in line is not permitted.
  • Eating or drinking outside of the Cafeteria is not allowed.
  • No student may leave the Cafeteria until the bell rings for the end of the lunch period.
  • Radios, walkmans, etc. are not permitted in the Cafeteria.
  • All tables are to be cleaned, placing refuse in the containers provided.
  • Students must report to the Cafeteria before the bell rings. 

Cell Phone Policy

St. Francis requires that cell phones be turned off and stored in students’ lockers during the school day. Students may not carry cell phones with them at any time during the school day. Possession or use of a cell phone during school hours will result in the following: 

First offense: Saturday Detention. Dean will hold cell phone until the parent/guardian makes an appointment with the Dean of Students to come to school during school hours and take possession of the cell phone. 

Second Offense: $25.00 Fine. Dean will hold cell phone until the parent/guardian makes an appointment with the Dean of Students to come to school during school hours and take possession of the cell phone. 

Third Offense: Probation.  The student will not be allowed to use or possess a cell phone while in the school building.  Violation will result in a Discipline Board hearing with recommendation for dismissal.

The use of camera cell phones may be a violation of federal law according to the Video Voyeurism Act of 2004. The use of a camera cell phone to take pictures on school property is prohibited and violating this policy is grounds for immediate dismissal. 

After School Policy

Any students who are still at the school past 3:20PM will report to the cafeteria and stay there until they are to leave.