Overview and Objectives
The uniform identifies one as a student of Our Lady of Fatima Parish School. It also helps to encourage and reflect good grooming and responsible behavior and study habits. The dress code is based on modesty, neatness, cleanliness, good taste, and safety. Parents are expected to understand and support these guidelines as well as help their children make good choices about appropriate attire and grooming. Please contact the school before purchasing any items to be worn at school if you have questions or are unclear about the dress code.
Clothing Guidelines and Limitations
Specific to uniforms:
- Students must be in complete uniform on all school days unless authorized otherwise by the principal. (See “non-uniform dress days” below for specific exceptions.)
- Shirts are to be tucked in.
- If a student needs to be out of uniform for any reason, a note of explanation from the parent or guardian must be sent to the principal.
- Students must wear the complete school uniform to school Masses, which includes OLF sweatshirt, fleece vest, or fleece pullover. Staff may determine, on warm days, whether or not sweaters/fleece are optional.
Uniform and non-uniform:
- All items must be clean, neat, and in good repair, with no holes, tears, frayed ends, or other signs of excessive wear.
- Sizing is to be appropriate on all items.
- All items are to be clearly marked with the child’s name for identification.
- Pants are to be hemmed and not dragging on the ground.
- Skirts, jumpers, skorts, and shorts should be of an appropriate length that is both modest and in good taste and is no shorter than 3” (three inches) above the knee. Bicycle shorts
worn under uniform skirts should be white, navy, khaki, or black.
- Pants should fit properly, being neither too tight nor excessively baggy. The waistband is to be above the hipline.
- Undergarments (that are underneath shirts and blouses) are to be solid white or a natural color, with no other colors, pictures, or logos that show through.
- Shoes are to be tennis shoes with non-marking soles to preserve our gym floor. They must have a fully enclosed toe and heel. Sandals, boots, Uggs, Heelys, Crocs, or flip flops are not allowed.
- Socks must be worn at all times. These must be visible above the shoe and can include anklets, various sport sock styles, knee-highs, or tights.
- Students are to be well groomed at school. Students should use deodorant as needed and practice proper hygiene. Cologne and perfume should be kept to a minimum out of courtesy to others. None is to be brought to school.
- No visible body piercing is allowed except for simple pierced ears. Girls’ earrings must be studs or small earrings that dangle no more than a 1/2-inch from the lobe. Hoops are not allowed for safety reasons.
- Makeup: Girls in seventh and eighth grade may wear makeup if it is simple, subtle, and appropriate. A general rule of thumb is that makeup should look natural and not be noticeable; if it is noticeable, then it’s too much for school. Makeup is not to be applied or freshened during the school day.
- Hairstyles and color should be moderate and neatly groomed. Extreme styles or colors are not allowed.
Boys and Girls
- Solid true navy, thin or wide wale corduroy pants or navy twill uniform pants. No cargo pants, hip huggers, trendy styles, or second color topstitching are allowed.
- Khaki twill walking shorts.
- Solid white, light blue, or navy blue knit shirt with collar, short or long sleeves.
- Solid white turtleneck, long sleeve.
- OLF navy blue sweatshirt.
- OLF navy fleece vest, pullover, or jacket.
- Visible socks.
- Dennis Uniform Mayfair Blue plaid jumper or skirt to be no shorter than three inches above the knee regardless of leggings worn underneath.
- Khaki or navy skort to be no shorter than three inches above the knee.
- Solid white blouse with collar, short or long sleeve.
- Leggings may be worn with skirts or skorts. These are to be full length, solid navy blue or black, with no pattern or trim. Dennis Uniform is the preferred vendor.
- Visible socks.
Middle School Girls and Boys Additional Option
- Khaki twill pants.
Non-uniform Dress Days
Some days during the school year are assigned as non-uniform dress days. On these days, students may be out of uniform. Again, parents and students are asked to use good judgment in choosing appropriate clothing that is neat, clean, in good repair, and in good taste. The following apply:
- Jeans, cargo pants, and sweatpants are allowed, as long as they are in good repair and not sloppy.
- No sleeveless, backless, sheer, tank,or halter-style tops or dresses. No tops or dresses with thin or spaghetti straps.
- No bare-midriff tops.
- Skirts and dresses are to be no shorter than 3” above the knee.
- Shorts should not be clingy or tight and should not be a short-short style.
- Shirts and tops should not be clingy or tight, nor low cut (rule of thumb is no lower than one inch below collar bone).
- Pants should not be tight or excessively baggy and must be worn at a reasonably normal waist level. No spandex.
- No military clothing. Imprints on clothing may not refer to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, profanity, or anything in poor or questionable taste.
Current trends and fads will be addressed as they arise. Should changes be made, parents will be informed. The goal is to maintain an atmosphere that reflects Catholic values and is conducive to academic pursuits.
If a student does not comply with the dress code for either uniform or non-uniform items, the problem will be brought to his or her attention and they will be asked not to wear the item(s) to school. The student may be asked to wear an alternative item from Uniform Exchange while in school that day. If the problem persists, parents will be notified and the student will forfeit his or her next non-uniform dress day. Our Lady of Fatima Parish School reserves the right to send any student home to change following parent/guardian notification.