Holy Cross High School

Dress Code

Holy Cross High School’s dress code is designed to reinforce neatness, professionalism, responsibility and is a reflection of the importance of academic endeavors and school tradition. It is our belief that our dress code will allow for a successful educational environment and will prepare students for future life experiences. Students and parents have made a decision to attend Holy Cross and as a result we expect all students to demonstrate professional pride and good taste in their appearance.

Students who are improperly attired will be sent home to change, or their parent/guardian will be called to bring them a change of clothes. Students who frequently need to be reminded about dress code violations will be subject to disciplinary measures. The administration reserves the right to make final decisions about the appropriateness of any student’s appearance. Dress code will be reviewed periodically and revised as needed.

GIRLS DRESS CODE

Acceptable:

Pants: Girls may choose to wear dress pants or chino style pants (such as Dockers) that can be purchased from Dennis Uniforms or from a retail store of your choice. All pants must be solid color.

Skirts: Girls may wear solid color skirts, which must have vertical pleats or be chino in style. Skirts may be purchased from Dennis Uniforms or from a retail store of your choice. Skirts must be an appropriate length at all times and must not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee.

Shirts: Girls must wear a short-, long- or 3/4 sleeve solid color button down oxford style shirt, blouse, or dress shirt that can be purchased through Dennis Uniforms or from a retail store of your choice. Shirts must be long enough to be tucked in. If a t-shirt or cami is worn underneath a dress shirt, it must be solid in color with no print or writing.

Sweaters: Girls may wear solid color long sleeve sweaters, sweater vests or cardigans. Sweaters must be worn over a button down collared shirt (not over a polo). Solid color pullover 1/4 zips/buttons are also allowed.

Blazers: Girls may wear solid color or tweed blazers to school.

Scarves: Fashion scarves, solid or pattern, are allowed.

Shoes: Girls must wear dress shoes, which may include flats or moderately-heeled shoes. Shoes can be solid color or moderate in pattern. Timberland boots (or work boot styles) are allowed with pants only. Other ankle height boots are acceptable to wear with skirts. Pants must go over shoes and boots at all times.

Socks/Stockings: Socks, nylons, or tights must be worn at all times. Tights, stockings, nylons and knee high socks cannot be patterned and must be solid color.

Hair Style: Extreme hairstyles are not acceptable, which includes but is not limited to, extreme coloring and designs. Students with hair style or color infractions will not be allowed to return to school until the infraction is corrected.

Body Piercing: Girls may wear piercings in their ears but no other visible piercings are allowed. This may include but is not limited to eyebrows, lips, nose, and tongue. Gauges are not acceptable. Covering prohibited items is not permitted.

Tattoos: Students may not have tattoos visible at any times during the school day.

Makeup: Must be moderate and tasteful.

Seasonal Attire: From the first day of the school year until November 1stand from April 1st to the last day of school, students may choose to dress in our seasonal dress code. The seasonal dress code includes a Holy Cross polo shirt that MUST be purchased from Dennis Uniforms, along with all other acceptable dress code requirements.

Holy Cross attire from the Holy Cross Crusader Store:

A select number of items approved for Holy Cross Dress Code will be available at the Crusader Store.

Unacceptable

Pants: Joggers, cargo pants, painter/carpenter pants, form-fitting clothes including skinny cut and ultra low rise pants are not allowed. Pants are not acceptable if they are drooping, baggy, low rise, tight or denim of any type. No rivets are allowed on any pants. Girls are not allowed to wear leather, corduroy, capris, leggings, jeggings, or yoga pants.

Shirts: Fitted, skimpy, sheer, lace, sleeveless or tight blouses or dress shirts are not allowed. Dickies and other cut shirts/collars are not allowed.

Skirts: Pencil skirts, elastic skirts, seamless skirts (including seamless pleated), spandex skirts, corduroy skirts, lace skirts or leather skirts are not allowed. Skirts cannot be too tight or too short. Skirts may not have fringes, sequins, or other embellishments.

Sweaters: Turtlenecks are not allowed. Sweaters cannot be two-toned or have any patterns. Sweatshirts are not allowed, this includes crew neck and hooded sweatshirts. No full zip sweatshirts or jackets. Fleece is not allowed. Students may not wear t-shirts over their collared shirts.

Scarves: Winter scarves are not allowed. Fashion scarves must be worn with the appropriate button down collared shirt.

Dresses: Dresses, of any kind, are not allowed.

Stockings/Tights: Fishnet and patterned tights/stockings are not acceptable. Socks cannot be worn over the bottoms of the pants.

Outerwear: No outerwear is allowed to be worn during the school day, this includes jackets and fleeces.

Shoes: Shoes cannot be an athletic brand (which includes but is not limited to, Nike, Adidas, Jordan, UnderArmour, Converse, New Balance, Puma, Fila, Reebok, Avia). Sandals, slippers, moccasins, flip flops, crocs, backless or open toe shoes, rain boots, winter boots, duck boots, rubber boots, or athletic slides are not allowed.

BOYS DRESS CODE

Acceptable:

Pants: Boys must wear dress pants or chino style pants (such as Dockers) that can be purchased from Dennis Uniforms or from retail store of your choice. Boys can wear any solid color pants.

Belts: Boys must wear a belt at all times.

Shirts: Boys must wear a short- or long- sleeve, solid color button down oxford style or dress shirt that can be purchased through Dennis Uniforms or from a retail store of your choice. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. If a t-shirt is worn underneath a dress shirt, it must be solid in color with no print or writing.

Ties: Boys must wear a tie at all times. Ties may be solid in color, or appropriate prints and patterns. Bow ties are also acceptable. Boys may purchase Holy Cross ties through Dennis Uniforms or at any retail store.

Sweaters: Boys may wear solid color long sleeve sweaters, sweater vests or cardigans. Solid color pullover ¼ zips are also allowed.

Sports Jackets: Boys may wear a solid color or tweed sports jacket/blazer.

Shoes: Boys must wear dress shoes. Timberland boots are allowed. Pants must go over shoes and boots at all times.

Socks: Socks must be worn at all times.

Hair Style: Extreme hairstyles are not acceptable, which includes but is not limited to, mohawks, extreme coloring, or designs. Students with hair style or color infractions will not be allowed to return to school until the infraction is corrected.

Facial Hair: Facial hair is not allowed and boys must be clean shaven every day. No mustaches, beards, or long sideburns.

Body Piercings: Boys are not allowed to have any visible piercings during school hours. This includes but is not limited to, ears, nose, eyebrows, lips, and tongue. Gauges are not acceptable. Covering prohibited items is not permitted.

Tattoos: Students may not have tattoos visible at any times during the school day.

Seasonal Attire: From the first day of the school year until November 1 and from April 1 to the last day of school, students may choose to dress in our seasonal dress code. The seasonal dress code includes a Holy Cross polo shirt that MUST be purchased from Dennis Uniforms, along with all other acceptable dress code requirements.

Holy Cross attire from the Holy Cross Crusader Store:

A select number of items approved for Holy Cross Dress Code will be available at the Crusader Store.

Unacceptable

Pants: Joggers, cargo pants, painter/carpenter pants, corduroy pants, form fitting clothes including skinny cut and ultra low rise pants are not allowed. Pants are not acceptable if they are drooping, baggy, low rise or denim pants of any type. No rivets are allowed on any pants.

Shirts: Dickies and other cut shirts/collars are not allowed.

Ties: No clip on or cowboy ties are allowed. No inappropriate prints are acceptable.

Shoes: Shoes cannot be an athletic brand (which includes but is not limited to, Nike, Adidas, Jordan, Under Armour, Converse, New Balance, Puma, Fila, Reebok, Avia). No sandals, slippers, moccasins, flip flops, crocs, backless or open toe shoes, rain boots, winter boots, duck boots, rubber boots, or athletic slides are allowed.

Sweaters: Turtlenecks are not allowed. Sweaters cannot be two-toned or have any patterns. Sweatshirts are not allowed, this includes crew neck and hooded sweatshirts. No full zip sweatshirts or jackets. No fleece sweatshirts or vests.

Outerwear: No outerwear is allowed to be worn during the school day- this includes jackets and fleeces.

Holy Cross attire from the Holy Cross Crusader Store:

A select number of items approved for Holy Cross Dress Code will be available at the Crusader Store.

DENNIS School Uniforms:
DENNIS School Uniforms is the supplier of Holy Cross polos for both girls and boys. All acceptable polos must be purchased through this company. In addition, students may purchase school pants, shirts, skirts, and ties through DENNIS School Uniforms. Items may be purchased online or at the company store located at 500 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477, (203) 795-5457, Dennisuniform.com.

Dress Code when Injured: If a student is injured it is the responsibility of the student and parents/guardian to inform the Vice President for Student Life who will help to determine modifications to dress code. The student will receive a dress code pass from the Vice President for Student Life or from the school nurse for a designated period of time. Depending on the injury, the dress code will vary; however, the student will be asked to conform as closely to the policy as possible. Students who are not wearing a collared shirt or polo due to an injury must wear a Holy Cross top.

Dress Code for Physical Education: Physical education classes are academic classes and students must dress appropriately at all times. Proper physical education attire may include sweatpants, shorts (of reasonable length), sweatshirts, t-shirts, socks and sneakers. Tank tops and spandex shorts are not allowed to be worn to class.

For more information and to see some illustrations of what is acceptable/unacceptable, please click here.

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