Student Handbook & Dress Code

Saint John Paul II Elementary School Dress Code

A student’s appearance, including the way he or she dresses, reflects upon the student, his or her parents and our school. The Saint John Paul II Elementary School’s dress code strives to reflect good taste, neatness, cleanliness, and Christian modesty while avoiding trends and fads. School administrators reserve the right to establish and modify the dress code. Administrators, faculty and staff members determine the interpretation of the dress code and are expected to enforce compliance to it.

Disciplinary actions regarding violations of the dress code are rendered by the Principle and the Dean of Students at the request of any school official.

Uniforms may be obtained from:
Schoolbelles
4747 W. 160th Street
Cleveland, OH
Phone: 216-898-5500
Schoolbelles
255 Mt. Nebo Point Drive
Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-630-8480

 
You may also visit the company website: www.Schoolbelles.com.

Saint John Paul II Elementary School generally observes three time periods of dress code requirements:

  1. Fall Uniforms: First Day of School – Thanksgiving Holiday
  2. Winter Uniforms: Return from Thanksgiving Holiday – Easter
  3. Spring Uniforms: Return from Easter Holiday – Last Day of School

The Fall and Spring periods permit students to wear walking shorts. Regardless of the time period, uniforms must be worn on all Mass Days. “Jeans Day” certificates may not be used on Mass Days.

Boys

  • Hair must be neat and clean
  • Hair must be cut above the collar and above the eyebrows; half of both ears must be visible
  • Earrings are not permitted
  • Tattoos and/or body piercings must not be visible
  • Clothing should not bear the logo or other identifying marks of other elementary, middle, or high schools
  • Only khaki or black dress pants are permitted; oversized or baggy pants, skinny pants, or cargo pants are not permitted
  • The waistband of the pants must sit at the student’s waste; drooping the waistline below the waist is never permitted
  • The same policy regulating appropriate pants also applies to shorts
  • Shorts must be at finger-tip length or longer
  • Shirts may be either a button-down oxford shirt, a knit golf shirt, or a turtleneck
  • Oxford shirts or golf shirts may be short-sleeved or long-sleeved
  • All shirts must be white, gray, or burgundy
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times
  • Vests, crewnecks, V-necks, or cardigans must be burgundy
  • Hoodies are not permitted
  • Visible socks must be worn; “no-show” socks are not permitted
  • Belts must be worn and must be either solid black or solid brown
  • Solid black, solid brown, solid navy, or solid burgundy dress shoes are to be worn on all Mass Days
  • Athletic shoes may be worn on non-Mass Days
  • Crocks, sandals, flip-flops, or clogs are not permitted
  • Boots may be worn to and from school, but may not be worn during the school day; all students must change into appropriate shoes when they arrive at school
Girls

  • Hair must be neat and clean; hair color must be natural in appearance; dying hair to an unnatural color (e.g., pink, blue, green, etc.) is not permitted
  • One small stud earring in each ear is permitted; hoop earrings or dangling earrings are not permitted
  • Tattoos and/or body piercings must not be visible
  • Make-up is not permitted, except for light pastel nail polish
  • Clothing should not bear the logo or other identifying marks of other elementary, middle, or high schools
  • Kindergarten and 1st Grade students may wear the waistless, plaid or Khaki jumpers; Kindergarten through 5th Grade students may wear the V-neck, pleated, plaid jumper or Khaki with a blouse or turtleneck
  • Shorts, slacks, and skorts must be khaki or black
  • Oversized or baggy pants, cargo pants, skinny or flare-legged pants or shorts are not permitted
  • Shorts must be finger-tip length or longer
  • Skirts must be no more than two inches above the knee when the student is kneeling
  • Short-sleeve or long-sleeve white blouses with Peter Pan collars are permitted
  • Short-sleeve or long-sleeve knit golf shirts that are white, gray, or burgundy are permitted
  • White or burgundy turtleneck shirts are permitted
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times
  • Vests, crewnecks, V-necks, or cardigans must be burgundy
  • Hoodies are not permitted
  • Socks and tights must be solid black, solid gray, solid white, or solid burgundy in color (tights must be opaque); only knee socks or ankle socks are permitted
  • Solid black or solid brown belts are required with pants or shorts that have belt loops
  • Solid black, solid brown, solid navy, or solid burgundy dress shoes are to be worn on all Mass Days
  • Athletic shoes may be worn on non-Mass Days
  • Crocks, sandals, flip-flops, or clogs are not permitted
  • Boots may be worn to and from school, but may not be worn during the school day; all students must change into appropriate shoes when they arrive at school
Dress Code Policy: Gym Uniform

Students may not participate in gym class while wearing their school uniform. On gym days, students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade will arrive at school in their gym uniforms:

  • Solid black sweatpants or standard-length, black, mesh shorts are required; “short-shorts” or yoga pants are not permitted
  • Solid gray t-shirts or sweatshirts are required; students may also wear “Saint John Paul II” t-shirts or sweatshirts
  • Solid white athletic socks are required
  • Athletic shoes are required
Dress Code Policy: Dress Down Days

Students are expected to wear modest, casual clothes that are in keeping with the Catholic school environment. Tank-tops, yoga pants, hoodies, mini-skirts, skinny pants/jeans, or dresses/skirts that do not conform to the established length requirements in the dress code policy are never permitted. If a parent or student is unsure if clothing is in compliance with these expectations, prudence would dictate that the outfit should not be worn.

Note: On “Spirit Days,” students must wear a “Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools,” or a “Saint John Paul II School” t-shirt.

Kennedy Catholic Middle/High School Dress Code

The Administration determines what is and is not acceptable dress for KCMS and KCHS students. Students must adhere to the established dress code. Students violating the dress code will be sent to the office by the homeroom teacher and must then call a parent or guardian to bring proper clothing to school. They will not be admitted to class unless and until a parent or guardian brings them attire compliant with the dress code. Students violating the dress code may, at the discretion of the Administration, be sent home for the day.

Boys

  • Solid-color or striped dress shirt. Any emblems must be 21⁄2” or smaller.
    • Neck tie or bow tie may be worn: solid color, striped or other appropriate pattern
    • Shirt and tie must coordinate in color (ex. no purple and red)
    • Shirt must be tucked in
  • KCFS quarter-zip pullover, sweater, vest or sweatshirt permitted
  • Solid-color cotton bootleg pants or loose-fitting Dockers
    • Brown or black belt required
  • Socks must be worn; no-shows are permitted

Prohibited:

  • Earrings
  • Must be clean-shaven. Mustaches are permitted for seniors.
  • Hair length should not extend over the shirt collar or below the eyebrows; ears must be uncovered

Mass Attire:

  • Coordinating dress shirt and tie with KC v-neck or cardigan
  • Black, navy or gray dress slacks; khaki is also permitted
  • Brown or black dress shoes; no Timberlands or Uggs

 
Prohibited for Boys and Girls

  • Hoodies
    • Hoodies are a safety concern for the school and therefore prohibited without prior Administration approval. We recommend clubs and athletic teams purchase crew-neck sweatshirts or pullovers.
  • Visible tattoos. If not covered adequately by clothing, it must be covered by a bandage.
  • Hair or streaks of an unnatural color, including red, blue, pink, etc.
  • Camouflage
Girls

  • Solid-color or striped polo, or collared button-up shirt. Any emblems must be 2 1⁄2” or smaller.
    • Solid-color sweaters or cardigans may be worn with polo or button-down shirt
    • KCFS quarter-zip sweatshirt or sweater permitted
    • Shirt must be tucked in
    • Proper undergarments required
    • Dress scarves permitted
  • Solid-color cotton BOOTLEG pants or loose-fitting Dockers
    • Socks or Peds required
  • Solid-color brown or black deck shoes (No patterns on the side, ex. plaid, sparkles, floral)
    • Brown or black belt required

Prohibited:

  • Ear piercing other than the lobe
  • Earrings longer than 1”
  • Dresses or skirts, except on announced dates
  • Skinny jeans, leggings, jeggings or any other tight-fitting pants are prohibited. If a student wears what are deemed to be unacceptable pants or shorts, her parent/guardian will be called and required to bring in acceptable clothing.
    *To determine whether pants meet KCHS standards: If the bottom of the pant leg is not as wide or wider than the knee area, it is too tight and will not be permitted.

Mass Attire

  • Oxford shirt with KC v-neck or cardigan
  • Bootleg dress slacks in black, grey or blue; khaki is also permitted
  • Dress shoes, flats or appropriate boots; no Timberlands or Uggs
  • Nylons may be worn instead of socks

Skirt/Dress Days

KCHS will give permission on certain dates for girls to wear skirts or dresses. Length and fit must be appropriate (no more than 2” above the knee, loose- fitting) and proper undergarments are required. Any violation will result in loss of skirt/dress privileges on future dates.

Summer Dress Code

In addition to the regular dress code, students may wear the following in summer.

  • Solid-color or striped polo or collared button-up shirt.
    Any emblems must be 21⁄2” or smaller.
  • Solid-color shorts, no cargo or camouflage
  • Solid-color brown or black deck shoes (ex. Sperry)
    • Girls may wear clogs or ballet flats in brown, black or other color matching their attire
    • Seniors may wear tennis shoes

Dress-Down Days

  • KC Spirit Days: Students must wear a KC shirt to be in compliance
  • Dress Down Days: Students may wear casual clothes in conformity with the dress code pertaining to hoodies, skinny pants, camouflage, etc. Any indiscretion may result in loss of Dress Down privileges.

Timberlands and Uggs

A date will be announced when students may begin wearing Timberlands and Uggs. Timberlands may be black, brown, gray or tan. They must cover the pant leg and be tied at all times. Uggs may be black, chestnut, gray or tan with appropriate pattern.

Formal Dances

Girls must obtain approval for their homecoming or prom dress by submitting a picture of themselves WEARING the dress.

Gym Uniforms

Students must wear black, maroon, or dark blue bottoms. An approved bottom includes shorts to the knee or sweatpants. No yoga pants will be permitted. Students must also wear a KC t-shirt or if the student does not have a KC shirt they can wear a solid color black, gray, white, or maroon t-shirt. No hoodies are to be worn.