DRESS AND APPEARANCE FOR 2019-2020
At Cathedral Catholic High School the dress code reflects the Catholic values we strive to instill within our students: modesty, unity, respect for others, and positive self-worth. Research supports CCHS’s belief that a student’s appearance has a direct effect on his/her attitude and behavior. In the larger scope of preparing our students for their future, the dress code is designed to teach students that different types of dress are appropriate for different settings. The dress code has been established so students understand that their manner of dress should be appropriate to the serious nature of academic study and promote the dignity and self-respect worthy of each student. Every student must purchase their official CCHS polo shirts at the school’s student store or at one of the used clothing sales. All other clothing options may be purchased at the family’s store-of-choice but must adhere to the following dress code guidelines:
GENERAL CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS
From the time a student arrives on campus, it is his/her responsibility to be in dress code.
- All clothing must be neat, clean, and free from tears, cuts, and holes.
- Shirts, shorts, and pants should fit comfortably without being form-fitting or too baggy.
- Shirts must be long enough to cover the midriff-area, even when arms are raised above a student’s head.
- Undershirts may not have brands, logos, or a design deemed inappropriate by administration.
- Proper undergarments must be worn at all times.
- Altering of any garment that detracts from the original integrity of the garment is not allowed (e.g. hemming shorts to inappropriate lengths or cutting/tearing clothes).
- Students must wear authorized attire during P.E. The P.E. attire cannot be worn as Spirit Attire.
- A CCHS polo must be worn under all outerwear.
- Boys may not wear makeup or earrings during any time they are on campus.
- Visible tattoos are not allowed.
Pants/Shorts– Boys and Girls may choose the brand of material pants/shorts as long as they meet the following guidelines:
- Made of khaki, chino, or dress slacks (pants only) material
- Maximum of two pockets in front and back, no side/cargo/or hidden pockets
- Must be worn at the waistline, and shorts must be no shorter than 3” from the top of the knee when standing–this will be strictly enforced.
- Pants/shorts may only be black, navy blue, or khaki in color. Additionally, all shorts and pants must have a button or snap enclosure as well as belt loops. No drawstring, sweats, leggings, athletic wear, or jeggings/yoga pants allowed.
Outerwear– All outerwear is considered part of the dress code requirements. The only sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets allowed on campus at any time must be purchased at the CCHS student store or as part of authorized spirit wear provided in participation on an athletic/academic team or club.
Shoes– Only leather or leather-like closed-toe dress shoes or tennis shoes are acceptable; no Uggs, boots, or slippers. Heels must be no higher than 2”. All shoes must have a back strap. Please note specific shoe requirement for dress-up days.
Socks– Students must wear socks at all times. Girls may wear hosiery as an alternative to socks but they must be a solid material and solid color with no pattern. Hosiery may not be bright or fluorescent colored, sparkling, or fishnet. All socks must be a matching pair.
Hair– Hair must be neat and well groomed. No radical cut, style, or color is acceptable. For boys, hair may not extend below the top of the collar, below the eyebrows, or more than 2” out from the scalp. Boys may not have ponytails, braids, dreads, or hair accessories. No facial hair is allowed. If students are unshaven, they may be required to shave immediately.
Hats– No hats, beanies, beanie caps or bandanas are allowed on campus during the school day without prior consent from the dean of students.
Jewelry– Students may wear up to two appropriately placed modest necklaces and two rings per hand. Girls may wear up to 3 earrings per ear. No other jewelry is allowed on campus.
Belts– All boys are required to wear a belt on dress up days. Belts must be leather/canvas dress belts in good condition. Belts must be worn through belt loops. Buckles must be appropriate.
Rainy Day Attire – On rainy days, students may wear water-repellent raincoats and water-repellent boots (no Uggs). Flannel jackets, ponchos, or other jackets or non-CCHS sweatshirts are not allowed.
Blankets –Blankets are not allowed on campus without prior permission from the Dean of Students office.
SPECIFIC DRESS CODE ATTIRE
Regular Dress Attire
Boys: Approved CCHS polo shirt, pants or shorts and socks. Pants/shorts may only be black, navy blue, or khaki in color. All clothing must meet above general guidelines. Tennis shoes and leather or leather-like dress shoes are the ONLY acceptable footwear. Sweatshirts and outerwear must be CCHS sponsored. No drawstring, sweats, leggings, athletic wear, or jeggings/yoga pants allowed.
Girls: Approved CCHS polo shirt, pants/capris/slacks or shorts and socks. Pants/shorts/capris may only be black, navy blue, or khaki in color. All clothing must meet above general guidelines. Tennis shoes and leather or leather-like dress shoes are the ONLY acceptable footwear. Sweatshirts and outerwear must be CCHS sponsored. No drawstring, sweats, leggings, athletic wear, or jeggings/yoga pants allowed.
Dress-up Day Attire (Liturgies and Special Events)
During liturgies, students may not wear jackets or sweatshirts of any kind unless given specific administrative approval for occasions such as rain. Required dress for these days will consist of the following:
Boys: Solid white, button-down, collared dress shirt with tie for the entire school day. Shirts must be without decor of any kind and must remain tucked in for the entire school day. Undershirts worn must be white and may not have any logo, design, or writing of any kind. School approved pants are to be worn on dress-up days, as well as socks and a belt. Dress shoes must be black or brown leather or leather like material and they must have a dress sole. Tennis shoes and canvas/suede material shoes are unacceptable, e.g., Tom’s, Sanuk’s, and moccasin/slipper type shoes.
Girls: Solid white, button-down, collared dress shirt. Shirt must be without decor of any kind. Undershirts worn must be white or skin-tone and may not have any logo, design, or writing of any kind. School approved pants/capris are to be worn on dress-up days. Leather or leather-like closed-toe dress shoes with a dress sole are required, and they must have a heel strap. Tennis shoes and canvas/suede material shoes are unacceptable, e.g., Tom’s, Sanuk’s, and moccasin/slipper type shoes. CCHS cardigan/pullovers purchased from the student store are the only approved outerwear for liturgy.
Spirit Dress Attire
Spirit Dress is allowed on the last day of the week (except if the last day of the week is a liturgy day) and on designated days to bolster school spirit. Students may wear the regular uniform or spirit day dress attire. Spirit day attire consists of a CCHS-sponsored T-shirt or polo shirt and solid blue/black jeans. Jeans must be free from tears, frays, and rips. No other color jeans are acceptable and jean shorts may not be worn. Additionally, students may not wear jeggings, overalls, coveralls, cargo pants, sweatpants, or denim skirts/shorts.
UNIFORM ENFORCEMENT POLICY
Any student in violation of the dress code is subject to the following:
- Student is sent to the Dean of Student’s Office and all efforts will be made to place student in proper dress attire.
- Parents/Guardians may be called to bring proper garments.
- Response to a uniform violation(s):
- 1stand 2ndOffense = Notification will be sent to student and parent/guardian
- 3rd Offense = Meeting with dean of students, respect agreement will be created, and conditions will be set.
- 4th Offense = Notification will be sent to student and parent/guardian and consequences issued based on respect agreement.
- 5th Offense = Meeting between student, parent/guardian, and the dean of students to discuss student’s future and CCHS.
***The administration reserves the right to hold students out of class for flagrant violation of the dress code.