Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Regional Catholic School
Dress Code Policy
(Effective: August 15, 2018)
At Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Regional Catholic School our students and faculty dress in a manner that is conducive to educational excellence. We value the high standards by which we teach and learn. Our uniform dress code reflects a common commitment to present ourselves in the best possible manner while showing respect for one another and taking pride in our school’s identity. Our appearance during the school day upholds our belief that the educational experience is important and valuable. Our uniform dress code helps our students to be mindful of our mission’s core values including: building a strong community, striving for academic excellence, promoting a safer learning environment, and developing character through faith and self-respect. A student’s ability to adhere to a common dress code helps to reinforce behaviors of character that will become more salient as he or she grows and matures in to a world of behavioral standards and etiquette that require self-discipline and personal commitment.
Enforcement of Uniform Dress Code Policy
As with all school policies, cooperative efforts between our school and our families ensure the greatest level of success. We encourage a common sense approach wherein parents monitor how children leave for school and our staff members enforce our uniform dress code when students arrive.
If a student is not in compliance with the school’s uniform dress code the following procedures will be taken as disciplinary action:
First Infraction: A written warning form will be sent home to the parents/guardians explaining the violation. The form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to school the following day.
Second Infraction: A second written warning will be sent home to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned the following day. The student in violation will be sent to the principal’s office or the Uniform Room, or parents/guardians may be called to bring proper garments. The student will also receive an in-school lunch detention.
Third Infraction: A third written warning will be sent home to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned the following day. The student in violation will be sent to the principal’s office. The student will also be taken to the Uniform Room, or parents/guardians may be called to bring in proper garments. The student will also receive an in-school lunch detention and may lose his/her privileges for the next Free Dress Day. Students who receive three infractions through blatant disregard of the dress code will lose his/her privileges for the next Free Dress Day.
Fourth Infraction: To be determined by the principal and Pastor. The administration reserves the right to issue disciplinary sanctions to students for flagrant or repeated violation of the dress code.
Required and Optional Uniform Pieces:
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Regional Catholic School families should be aware that all uniform pieces are available through our school’s website for your convenience and to eliminate confusion as to what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to wear to school. In addition, our school has the potential to receive money back on purchases made here. There are a minimal number of uniform pieces that are required, and others that are optional. This distinction is clearly outlined throughout this website by clicking on a particular item. Optional uniform pieces are purchased at the discretion of each family and are available to give families choices. Every effort has been made to offer all uniform pieces that are comfortable, durable and affordable. School Uniforms vary slightly in middle school and are intended to be age appropriate, functional, convenient and stylish. Polo-style uniform shirts must bear the official school uniform crest and are only available through this website to maintain consistency. Uniform sweaters, pullovers and blazers are also available with (or without) the school crest but they are optional items only. All students are expected to be in their approved uniform from the time they are dropped off in the morning until they are picked up after school.
Additional Dress Code Information:
Belts: All students in Grades 2-8 must wear a belt that is solid or braided in brown or black. Belts, may not be fabric, multicolored, patterned or bear any company logos. Belts are not required for Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade students.
Hair: Hair must be neat, clean, and well-groomed. A hairstyle that obstructs one’s vision or is distracting to others in not allowed. Extreme styles or artificial colors are not allowed. Headbands, hair bows and ribbons must be solid navy or white. Hair accessories that are multicolored, patterned, or over-sized (i.e.: large hair bows) are not allowed.
Hats: Hats are not part of the school uniform and may only be worn outside. Hats are not to be worn inside school or in church at any time.
Jewelry: Wearing jewelry to school is discouraged for safety reasons. However, girls are permitted to wear small post earrings, watches, religious necklaces and jewelry for medical reasons. Boys may wear watches, religious necklaces and jewelry for medical reasons. Boys may not wear earrings. Any jewelry that is ornate or distracting is unacceptable. Watch alarms must be silenced during school hours.
Make-up/Fingernail Polish: At the discretion of a parent/guardian, girls may wear make-up and fingernail polish that is modest and appropriate for a Catholic school student. Minimal make-up and light colored nail polish is encouraged. Any make-up or fingernail polish that is garish or distracting will be asked to be removed in school. Artificial nails are not allowed.
Outerwear: Jackets and coats may only be worn outside only and are not to be worn in the classroom or in church at any time. Zip-up or pull-over “hoodies” are considered outerwear and are not permitted while in class or in church. If a student wears a sweat jacket or hoodie to school, it must be removed upon arrival to school and not worn during Mass.
Scout/Athletic Uniforms: Students are not allowed to wear scout or athletic uniforms/jerseys during the school day.
Shoes and Boots: Closed, soft sole dress shoes or athletic shoes are to be worn at school. Athletic (tennis) shoes are required for P.E. days. Boots, including winter boots, cowboy boots or “fashion boots” (i.e.: UGGS) may not be worn during the school day. If students wear boots to school they must remove them prior to entering the classroom in the morning. Boots are allowed for outdoor use only, such as on the playground or to and from school in the morning or afternoon. All shoes must have non-marking soles. Sandals, jellies, clogs, Crocs, flip-flops, high-heeled, platform, and shoes with flashing lights are not allowed.
Shirts: All short or long sleeve polo-style uniform shirts must bear the Our Lady of Mt Carmel Regional Catholic School emblem. All uniform shirts must be tucked in at all times. Students may wear a plain, white, short-sleeved undershirt under their uniform shirts. Undershirts must fit appropriately under the uniform shirts (i.e.: long sleeve undershirts may not be worn under short sleeve uniform shirts). Undershirts in any color other than white are not allowed and visible company logos are not permitted.
Shorts: Students may wear uniform shorts, at the discretion of a parent/guardian, at any time throughout the school year. Uniform shorts are to be flat-front (non-pleated) and must match in color to khakis available through the school’s website. Cargo-style shorts are not allowed.
Socks: Boys are required to wear crew socks or ankle socks in navy or white. Girls are required to wear crew, ankle socks, knee socks, or tights (see “Tights” below) in navy or white. Socks with stripes, patterns, lace, ruffles, or visible company logos are not permitted.
Cardigans & Pullovers: Our Lady of Mt Carmel Regional Catholic School Cardigans and Quarter-zip pullovers which bear the school crest are acceptable to wear in school as a part of the uniform. Shirt collars must be visible while wearing cardigans or pullovers. These items, which can be purchased from the school’s website, are only optional and are not required as a part of the school uniform. Cardigans and quarter-zip pullovers that do not bear the school crest must match in style and color to those available through the school’s website.
Sweatshirts: Plain, scoop-neck or hoodie sweatshirts are not permitted in school or in church.
Sweatshirts, “hoodies”, spirit wear, OLMC athletic apparel may be permitted on Spirit Days (see “Spirit Days” below).
Tights: Girls may wear tights under their uniform jumpers, skirts or scooters. Tights may be light-weight or cable-knit (heavy weight) in navy or white. Leggings, striped, patterned, ruffled or lace tights are not allowed.
Mass Days: Middle School students are required to “dress up” for Mass on Friday mornings.
Young men in Grades 6 - 8 are to wear a white oxford shirt and an OLMC plaid tie with khakis. Young women in Grades 6 - 8 are to wear a white oxford blouse and an OLMC plaid tie with uniform skirt or khakis. Students will be permitted to remove their ties after church for the remainder of the school day. Although not required, we kindly ask parents to encourage students in the lower grades to “dress up” for Mass as well, as a sign of respect and to honor the solemnity of the Mass. The principal and/or pastor may request that students “dress up” on other days as they deem fit, such as holy days of obligation, or to honor a special guest at the school.
Free Dress Days: On the first Monday of each month with a 2:00pm dismissal, students are given the privilege of not wearing their uniform. However, on these days students are required to wear clothes that are neat and appropriate for school. Students may not wear clothing that is inappropriate in length or design for a Catholic school community. Students may not wear oversized or tight-fitting clothing, such as short-shorts, sundresses or tank tops. Students may not wear sandals, heels, open toe or open back shoes for safety reasons. Students are not allowed to wear clothing which depicts advertisements or slogans for any alcohol or tobacco products, or any illegal drug or inappropriate (e.g. gang related) messages or pictures. Students are also permitted to wear their uniform on a Free Dress Day, if they so choose.
Spirit Days: Throughout the school year we celebrate Spirit Days as a way to collectively showcase our school pride. On these days students have the option of wearing their uniform, any OLMC athletic apparel, spirit wear shirts with uniform bottoms. Additional themed “dress up” days, like those during Catholic Schools Week, occur throughout the school year and are determined by the principal. On these days, students are given the privilege of not wearing their uniform in order to participate in school activities and special events.
Picture Day(s): Fall and Spring Picture Day are also free dress days.
The principal has the authority to make exceptions to the dress code policy for school activities, special events, and extraordinary circumstances.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Regional Catholic School Crest:
Most schools have a school crest; it is the symbol that represents the values and aspirations that a school has for its students. All the most important things that a school wishes to instill in its students are contained within the crest, and the crest is usually found on almost everything to do with the school, from the school buildings, website, letterheads and even its students who wear it as a badge as part of their school uniform (Hartnel, 2016). School crests often contain references to the origins and history of the school. They tell the story of the school's mission and aim to project a particular image of the institution and its values.
What Does Our School Crest Mean?:
• The CROWN symbolizes Mary, the Queen of Heaven
• The LAUREL WREATH represents academic success, attainment of our goals
• CLASPED HANDS symbolizes Service, the two different color hands also represents the value we place on diversity and also our connection to our sister parish in Uganda.
• The BOOK symbolizes Knowledge
• The CHALLIS & HOST symbolizes Faith
• CARMELITE SHIELD represents our history and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel roots
• The CROSS in the center of the shield serves to divide the crest in to four quadrants but also represents that Christ is central and ever-present in our school and in our lives
• Our Motto in Latin means "Knowledge, Faith, Service", which are at the core of our school’s mission statement
• Established date, 1912, is when our school was founded
• School colors: Navy (Blue) and Scarlet (Red)
Blue represents loyalty, truth, strength and faith, also the color associated with Mary
Red represents the Holy Spirit, generosity of spirit, strength, fairness, and integrity