Student Handbook: VI – Dress Code and Student Identification

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SECTION VI
DRESS CODE AND STUDENT IDENTIFICATION

The official De La Salle uniform represents to the public the visual presentation of a De La Salle student. It is to be worn with pride and respect. Students are required to adhere to the dress code in school as well as on the way to and from school in order to act as proper ambassadors. When a student wears the official De La Salle uniform, he/she is required to adhere to all rules and regulations in the handbook as though he/she is on campus.

While this section of the handbook deals with most issues pertaining to student dress code, it is not considered all inclusive. Any manner of dress or appearance which seriously impacts the learning environment of the school may be prohibited. The Principal delegates the handling of matters of dress code to the Dean of Students.

 

UNIFORM

The official school uniform of shirt/blouse, pants, skirt, belt, sweater, and jacket are available only from Inka’s Uniforms. The official school shoe is available at Ponseti’s located in Clearview Mall. Additionally, the school Bookstore offers sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets which are also official outerwear. Uniforms must fit properly and be maintained in good condition.

 

Items ordered from the online bookstore are not necessarily approved to be worn as part of the school uniform. The Dean of Students reserves the right to determine whether specific items may be worn as part of the school uniform.

INKA’S is the only authorized retailer of De La Salle uniforms.

PONSETI’S is the only authorized retailer of De La Salle uniform shoes.

 

Shirt/Blouse – white oxford, long or short-sleeved with De La Salle monogram, student’s first initial and last name embroidered. (Students should only wear shirts with their correct first initial and last name on it.) Collars must be worn down in the normal position, shirts/blouses must be tucked in at all times, and all buttons (including collar buttons) except for the top one should be buttoned. The official Senior polo-style shirt is an acceptable uniform shirt for Seniors. The monogram on the official De La Salle uniform shirts must be maintained in its original maroon color and must not be faded or bleached. Students will be required to purchase a new shirt if this occurs before they are allowed to attend school.

Official De La Salle club/athletic shirts are acceptable on Fridays only. Students who are allowed to wear individual club shirts must have the approval of the club moderator as a bona fide club/ activity member in good standing during the current year. All club shirts must be approved by the DLS administration.

Pants – boys only – charcoal gray, pleated or non-pleated pants. Pants are not to be cuffed. Pants must be worn at the waist.

 

Skirt – girls – charcoal gray, knee-length, pleated skirt. The uniform skirt must be worn at the waist. The skirt should always be buttoned and the waistband is never rolled.

Shoes – The approved shoe from Ponseti’s. Shoes must be neat, polished and properly tied at all times. Students with foot or ankle injuries that require special footwear must report to the Dean of Students with a note explaining the difficulty before going to classes. Tennis shoes are NOT allowed to be worn with the De La Salle uniform. Girls must wear the approved girls’ shoe from Ponseti’s. Students are never allowed to walk on the back of the uniform shoes.

Socks – Boys are required to wear black crew socks. White crew socks are to be used during PE classes. Girls are required to wear the official uniform sock that is purchased from the De La Salle Bookstore.

Belt – boys only – solid, black leather belt. No oversized, ornate, or decorative belt buckle is allowed. The buckle can be either silver or gold but it is an essential part of the uniform. The De La Salle uniform pants must always be worn with a belt.

Tie – Official DLS ties for boys are available in the Bookstore. Ties may not be worn with the senior shirt or the club shirt. When ties are worn with the school uniform, they must be worn and tied properly. Girls are not required to wear ties. Boys are required to wear ties for all school masses.

Sweaters and sweatshirts – only uniform sweaters or those DLS sweatshirts purchased from the Bookstore may be worn in school. THESE ARE NOT TO BE WORN INSIDE-OUT OR AROUND WAIST. HOODED OR ZIPPERED COLLARED SWEATSHIRTS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT SCHOOL.

Jackets – Only De La Salle letter jackets may be purchased through the approved vendor and may be worn in school. A student who wears a non-De La Salle jacket to school must store it in his/her locker during the school day. Special jackets given as awards from the club, activity, or sport are only allowed to be worn to school while the student remains a bona fide member of the club, activity, or sport.

Blazers – The official De La Salle blazer may be purchased through the approved vendor as an optional uniform item. Specific extracurricular groups may require that members of that group purchase the blazer.

Underwear – must not extend beyond the uniform. All students must wear proper underwear which should not be seen through the school shirt. Students may wear either a plain white T-shirt (T-shirt should not extend past the uniform shirt) or De La Salle PE shirt. No other undershirts are allowed.

Stockings – Girls may wear only footed stockings or footed tights that are black, gray, or natural under their skirts. They must be covered by the required uniform socks. No sweatpants are allowed.

Ears – There should NOT be gauges in the ears for boys or girls.

Nose – There should NOT be nose piercings.

Jewelry – For the boys: only the school ring, a watch or a cross may be worn. If a cross is worn, it should be worn inside the shirt. One additional bracelet can be worn which either supports an appropriate charity or a religious bracelet. NO OTHER JEWELRY IS ALLOWED. Cloth/leather jewelry is not allowed.

For the girls: simple, conservative jewelry is acceptable. Only one earring per ear is allowed, and must be worn in the ear lobe. Earrings should be smaller than the size of a quarter. Cloth/leather jewelry is not allowed. Regarding bracelets, there is a maximum of two bracelets (including a watch as one of those bracelets). A girl can wear a watch on one arm and a bracelet on the other arm OR a watch and bracelet on the same arm.

Hats, Scarves, Bandanas and Hoods – may not be worn in the school building at any time.

All hair ornaments including headbands, pony tail holders, hair bows and “scrunchies” must be maroon, white, black or gray.

INAPPROPRIATE JEWELRY AND CLOTHING (as determined by appropriate school officials) WILL BE CONFISCATED AND RETURNED to parents according to the same schedule as the return of confiscated cell phones.

 

GROOMING

Hair – must be neat, clean, and styled in a conventional manner. Hair should not be slicked or moussed excessively.

For boys, the hair must not extend to the top of the collar in the back or middle of the forehead in the front, and sideburns may not extend below one-half of the ear. If the hairstyles do not extend to the collar, they may be no more than 2″ from the scalp. Boys are not allowed to dye or highlight their hair. Extreme hairstyles or hairstyles with designs are unacceptable.

For girls, highlights consistent with a natural appearance are acceptable. Any hair coloring must appear to be natural or naturally highlighted. Black hair dye is not allowed. Extreme hairstyles or hairstyles with designs are unacceptable. A single or double braid is acceptable. Multiple braids MUST be bound in a single pony tail. Two-tone hair (example: ombre) is unacceptable. Girls’ bangs must not cover their eyes. Any abrupt change in hair color must be avoided. The Principal may delegate dress code issues to the Dean of Students or any other person the Principal deems appropriate.

De La Salle does not allow closely shaved heads, asymmetrically or partially shaved heads, mohawks, dreadlocks, corn rows, wedges, “twists,” or tails as conventional hairstyles. These haircuts are merely examples and not a complete list of what may or may not be considered conventional and acceptable.

A STUDENT WHO WEARS A SHORT, CLOSE-CROPPED HAIRSTYLE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT BODY HAIR WILL BE USED FOR THE SCHOOL DRUG SCREENING. FAILURE TO COOPERATE MAY RESULT IN DISMISSAL.

Male students are to be clean-shaven at all times. No whiskers, beards, mustaches, or facial hair is permitted.

Make-up – girls only – must be moderate and appropriate. Nail polish should also be modest. Black, dark brown or neon colored nail polish are never allowed. Artwork on nails is not allowed. All ten nails should have the same single color polish.

Eyes – Colored contacts are not allowed.

Body piercing (including, but not limited to the tongue the tongue) and visible tattoos are prohibited.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: Consistent violation of dress code or grooming rules may result in further disciplinary action.


DRESS CODE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS

CASUAL DRESS

GIRLS

  • Casual pants or jeans (no holes or shreds), shoes must be visible under hem. Hem circumference must be no larger than 16 inches. Pants must fit properly (no over-sized clothing) and must be worn at the waist.
  • No part of the hemlines for dresses or skirts should be higher than 2″ above the knee.
  • If shorts are appropriate wear they must be no shorter than 2” above the knee.
  • Slits in dresses must be no higher than 2″ above the knee.
  • No skin tight skirts, dresses or clothing.
  • Underwear should never be visible.
  • Strapless tops, midriffs, bare backs and low necklines are not allowed.
  • Tennis shoes, dress shoes or sandals may be worn.
  • No hats, bandanas, or headwear of any kind are allowed indoors. This includes hoods on De La Salle sweatshirts or jackets. Bandanas and head wraps are never allowed indoors or outdoors.
  • No pierced body parts or tattoos are to be visible except the ear lobes.
  • Other schools’ outer wear, book bags, pencil cases and any other visible paraphernalia are never to be worn or carried at De La Salle or De La Salle activities by a De La Salle student.

 

BOYS

  • Casual pants or jeans (no holes or shreds), shoes should be visible under hem. Hem circumference must be no larger than 16 inches. Pants must fit properly (no oversized clothing) and must be worn at an appropriate level to the waist.
  • Underwear should never be visible.
  • Tennis shoes, dress shoes, or sandals may be worn.
  • No pierced body parts or tattoos are to be visible.
  • No hats, bandanas, or headwear of any kind are allowed indoors. This includes hoods on De La Salle sweatshirts or jackets. Bandanas and head wraps are never allowed indoors or outdoors.
  • Other schools’ outer wear, book bags, pencil cases and any other visible paraphernalia are never to be worn or carried at De La Salle or to De La Salle activities by a De La Salle student.
  • Shirts must have sleeves and fit properly.

 

SEMI-FORMAL DRESS

GIRLS

  • Dresses must be formal, short or long, appropriately fitting and modest.
  • Hemlines for dresses must be no higher than 2″ above the knee.
  • Other schools’ outer wear, is never to be worn at De La Salle or worn to De La Salle activities by a De La Salle student.
  • Immodest bare-backs, low necklines, visible midriffs, and cutouts are not allowed.
  • Dress shoes; no casual sandals, tennis shoes, boots or slippers.
  • No hats, bandanas, or headwear of any kind are allowed inside. Bandanas and head wraps are never allowed.
  • No pierced body parts are to be visible except the ear lobes.

 

BOYS

  • Coat and traditional tie (sport coat and dress pants or suit), banded shirts are allowed only if they are worn with a jacket.
  • Dress shoes and socks must be worn.
  • No hats, bandanas, or headwear of any kind are allowed inside. Bandanas and head wraps are never allowed.
  • No pierced body parts or tattoos are to be visible.

 

These dress regulations apply to the following activities:

CASUAL ACTIVITIES SEMI-FORMAL EVENTS
Athletic Events Athletic Banquets
Retreats Graduation Ceremony
Senior Day Junior/Senior Prom
School Drama Productions Honor Society Inductions
Ring Mass
Winter Formal
Homecoming Dance
Award Ceremonies
Special Competitions
All special events

 

CURRENT DE LA SALLE STUDENTS AND STUDENTS WHO ARE THEIR GUESTS ARE UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE SCHOOL AT ALL SCHOOL EVENTS AND MUST, THEREFORE, ABIDE BY ALL DE LA SALLE POLICIES, RULES AND PROCEDURES.

If a student fails to follow the proper dress code, he/she will not be allowed to attend that event and further disciplinary action will be taken. There is the possibility of that student not being allowed to attend future events and this will be decided by the Dean of Students.

SCHOOL MASS – When school-wide Masses are held, boys must wear their school ties appropriately with their uniforms the entire school day.

 

DRESS-DOWN DAYS

There are occasions when students are allowed to dress in casual clothes for school. This is not an ordinary practice and is reserved for special circumstances. This event is usually allowed to reward a “special” group or activity. Students will be told what is allowable for specific dress down days from the Office of the Dean of Students.

De La Salle Maroon and White Days – Students are allowed to wear a shirt that displays the name of the school. Only De La Salle shirts or De La Salle t-shirts are allowed on these days. Jeans are the only appropriate pants on these days.

ALL SCHOOL RULES CONCERNING OUTERWEAR, HAIR, GROOMING, AND JEWELRY STILL APPLY ON DRESS DOWN DAYS. Appropriate jeans should be worn on all dress down days. Shoes must always be worn with socks on school days. This includes dress down days unless special permission is given.

 

STUDENT IDENTIFICATION

Students are issued identification cards at the beginning of the school year. These not only identify De La Salle students but also assist in campus security.

 

ID cards – ID cards will be used for computer scanning purposes and are to be carried by the student on his/her person at all times while in school and are to be surrendered on demand by any faculty or staff member. All students will immediately produce their ID cards when asked. Students need their ID cards to purchase lunch. Students without ID cards will be sent to the end of the line.

The student is responsible for replacing lost ID cards as soon as possible. Replacement cost is $5.00.

 

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