Uniform Policies

Uniform Policies

UNIFORM POLICIES (Revised June 2019)

St. Philomena School maintains a strong tradition of school uniforms that reflect school pride, modesty, and appropriate regard for personal appearance. Every student is expected to be in uniform every day. Failure to cooperate with the uniform policy will result in uniform infractions; 3 uniform infractions will result in the loss of a non-uniform day.

New uniforms are available through the Dennis Uniform Store, 12608 Interurban Ave. South, Tukwila, WA 98168, (206) 431-2000. Used uniforms are available for purchase through the St. Philomena PEP Club.

UNIFORM EXPECTATIONS

Parents are expected to help children keep the school uniform code. At St. Philomena School we wear uniforms because:

· They represent our Catholic school image and tradition.

· They discourage differences brought about by various income levels, thus eliminating unnecessary peer pressure and allowing the attention of the students to be directed to learning.

· They assure that the dress standards of the school emphasize neatness.

· They promote an image of pride both at and away from school and help create a positive climate of discipline and responsibility.

· They are less costly to families and more easily maintained.

· They promote an attitude of moderation and modesty.

EXPECTATIONS

· Students will be in uniforms that fit properly and are neat and clean.

· Students will be in uniforms that are in good repair.

· Uniform shirts and blouses must be worn under the school sweatshirt and are to be tucked into their pants/skirts.

· T-shirts worn under the uniform shirt or blouse must be plain white. .

· No sweatshirts, large shirts, sweaters, jackets (other than uniform sweaters) will be worn during school time.

  • All hats are to be taken off as students enter the building.
  • Students are not allowed to write on any part of their bodies, as this creates a distraction in the classroom.
  • All students shall have a sweater/sweatshirt and will wear "full uniform" on designated days. Students always wear dress uniform for Mass days, picture days, and other special events. “Full uniform” means sweater or uniform sweatshirt (not athletic) as part of the uniform.

Make-Up

Female students in 7th and 8th grades whose parents allow them to wear makeup shall wear it light and tastefully. Fingernail polish is considered make up. K-6 students may wear clear nail polish only; 7th and 8th grades may wear clear or pale pink. Other nail polish colors, French Manicures, and designs on nails are not allowed. Artificial fingernails are not appropriate and not allowed.

Hair

Hair must be neat, clean, with no artificial colors, and well groomed. If a student comes to school with colored hair or highlighted hair, they will be required to have it dyed back to their natural color within a time frame designated by the school. Hairstyles or colors that draw attention to the individual are not acceptable. Hair ornaments should complement the colors of the uniform and not be distracting. Hairstyles deemed distracting by the faculty and/or the administration are not appropriate. Guideline for boys: hair to the top of the collar, off the ears, and above the eyebrows. Boys and girls are to keep their hair out of their eyes. Boys must be clean-shaven. Mohawks of any type are not allowed.

Belts- Boys in grades 3 – 8 must wear belts with pants at all times. Belts will be plain black, blue, or brown in color.

Blouses – Short-sleeved white blouse with Peter Pan or sports collar; white knit turtleneck pullover; short-sleeved button–front white knit with collar. All blouses and shirts must be tucked into the waistband. NO logos, trim or crests are permitted.

Coats – Coats/jackets are a requirement between November and April. Coats may not be worn in the classroom. They are to be hung in the coat areas except during recess or P.E.

Jewelry – Should be simple, not distracting, dangling or overly large, or of a color or style that does not compliment the uniform. Only one set of pierced earrings may be worn for girls. Earring guideline: earrings should be the size of a dime or smaller. Boys may not wear earrings. No jewelry should be worn which would impact the students' safety. Hair ornaments should be of colors that compliment the uniform.

No rubber band bracelets, rubber character bracelets, character silicone bracelets or character wristbands are allowed. Wristbands that promote a charity or health awareness are fine as long as they are appropriate and have approval from the student’s teacher.

Jumpers, skirts, and skorts – Girls is in PreK - 8 wear the Douglas plaid jumper or skirt (to be worn within 2 inches of the knee) available at the Dennis Uniform Company. Girls in grades 6-8 may wear the Dennis Uniform khaki skirt; no other brand of khaki skirts is allowed. Shorts should be worn under the jumper, skirt, or skort but may not be visible. Leggings may not be worn with the uniform. (Girls may wear tights during cold weather.)

Pants - All pants must be a uniform-style pant. Students in grades PreK -- 8 wear plain navy blue, regular navy corduroy, or cotton twill long pants, available at the Dennis Uniform Store. Students in grades 6 – 8 may wear Dennis Uniform Store khaki pants; no other brands of khaki pants are allowed. Pants must not have contrasting stitching or adornments, and be ankle length, straight legged, and hemmed to shoe tops. Pants must be worn snugly around the waist and may not be baggy and oversized. No cargo-type pants are allowed.

Shirts – Students in PreK – 8 wear short sleeved, button front, white knit-polo shirts with collars. Students in grades PreK – 8 may also wear the Dennis Uniform forest green or navy blue polo shirt; no other brand of polo shirt in forest green or navy blue is allowed. All shirts must be tucked into the waistband. (NO LOGOS or crests permitted.)

Shoes – Students must wear casual or tennis shoes. They should be colors that coordinate with the uniform: black, white, blue, navy blue, brown, gray, or dark green. No print, plaid or bright neon colors. Plain matching white laces are acceptable and all shoes must be tied for safety purposes. Velcro laces are acceptable for PreK -- 3rd grade students. No sandals, slip-ons or slippery-soled party shoes. No flip flops. Please avoid shoes with thick black soles as they mark up the floors. (Also applies to any Non-Uniform days.) No boots of any kind are allowed to be worn with the uniform.

Shorts – Students may wear uniform navy blue walking length shorts in cotton twill (not knit or athletic style). They may be worn from the start of school through October 31st and from April 1st to the last day of school. Shorts must be worn within 2 inches of the knee.

Socks - All students are to wear socks at all times. They should be colors that coordinate with the uniform: black, white, navy, brown, gray, or dark green. Girls may wear knee-highs, anklets or coordinated tights during cold weather. All socks should be plain without adornments, logos, or lace. Tights in the above colors are allowed (no leggings) during the winter months.

Sweaters /Sweatshirts – Uniform sweaters or sweatshirts are a part of the full uniform. There are many comfortable choices available to complement your student’s uniform.

Gr. K- 5 choices include: Mayfair blue cardigan sweaters, V-neck sleeveless vests, crew neck pullovers, and blue St. Philomena uniform sweatshirts. All sweaters and sweatshirts must fit appropriately and need to be kept in good repair and replaced when needed. CYO sweatshirts are only allowed on non- uniform days or St. Philomena T-shirt and Jeans Day.

Gr. 6- 8 choices include: Forest green cardigan sweaters, V-neck sleeveless vests, crew neck pullovers, and green St. Philomena hoody sweatshirts. All sweaters and sweatshirts must fit appropriately and need to be kept in good repair and replaced when needed. CYO sweatshirts are only allowed on non-uniform days or St. Philomena T-shirt and Jeans Day.

Miscellaneous

No facial piercing of any kind is allowed.

No visible or body tattoos are allowed.

Scouting uniforms may be worn to school on days of meetings

Three uniform infractions mean a loss of a non-uniform day

 

Non-uniform Days

Occasionally the school will announce non-uniform days. It is the parents’ responsibility to send their children in appropriate attire for school. Dress on these days must be neat, modest, and appropriate for school. Students may not wear cut-offs, tank tops/spaghetti straps, mini-skirts, spandex-type fashions, sweat clothes or yoga pants, or T-shirts with sayings or designs which advertise drugs, alcohol, or any other inappropriate subject matter or have sexual innuendos. Shirts, sweatshirts, and dresses must cover the shoulders. No exposure of the mid-drift is allowed. Shorts must always be of walking length, not athletic type or oversized, below the knee style. Shorts may only be worn from the start of school through October 31st and from April 1st to the last day of school. No leggings, jeggings, skinny, or tight jeans are allowed on non-uniform days. Jeans must be in good repair and may not be ripped, have holes, or any adornments on them. Sweatpants, this includes yoga pants, or any other types of sweatpants are not allowed. Uggs and low-healed boots are only allowed on non-uniform days. Tutus are not allowed at any time, even on spirit days.

 

St. Phil Jeans & T-shirt days

On special days designated as “St. Philomena T-shirt and Jeans Day” all students are welcome to wear a casual uniform. This includes any St. Philomena sweatshirt or St. Philomena T-shirts; this includes CYO sweatshirts or t-shirts. These may be worn with blue denim jeans. Blue denim jeans must be presentable. No jeggings, skinny, or tight jeans are allowed. Jeans must be in good repair and may not be ripped, acid-washed, or have holes or any adornments on them. Skirts, shorts and/or capri pants are not allowed on St. Philomena T-shirt and Jeans Day. If a student chooses not to participate in T-shirt and Jeans day then they may always wear their uniform.