Dress Code Policy - GRADES K - 8

Students at St. Mary’s proudly wear a uniform. It is a sign of their commitment to the traditions of Catholic education. Out of respect for decorum, safety, and rules of conduct all students are expected to follow the dress code policy faithfully. On special occasions, other types of approved attire may be worn as outlined in this policy or announced in the weekly newsletter.  

Carefully read the dress code before making any purchases. Styles purchased must comply with our dress code.

Uniforms are available through St. Mary’s School Store, J.C. Penney, Sears, Meijer, Land’s End , and The Dwelling Place, located on College Ave. in Normal (888-9696).

All aspects and interpretations of this dress code will be left to the discretion of the principal.

If a student arrives at school dressed inappropriately, the parent may be called to either pick up the student or bring appropriate clothing to school so the student is in compliance with the dress code. Older students who deliberately or repeatedly violate the dress code policy will be subject to discipline.  

All clothing will be clean and in good repair. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. When a child stands with arms extended over the head, the shirt should remain tucked in.

UNIFORM POLO SHIRTS - White or Navy polo style, short or long sleeve with buttons (no snaps, no ¾ sleeves, and no brand markings). Any color, other than white or navy, must have a school crest and must be purchased through the school store. 

UNIFORM BLOUSES and TAILORED SHIRTS - White cotton, uniform style shirts or blouses with a button down collar or rounded collar, short or long sleeve (no ¾ length sleeves, no snaps, no brand markings). 

UNIFORM JUMPERS, SKIRTS, and SKORTS - Plaid #80 is worn year round. Girls in grades K-4 wear uniform plaid jumpers, skirts, or skorts. Girls in grades 5-8 wear uniform plaid skirts or skorts. All jumpers, skirts, and skorts are no more than 3 inches above the top of the knee. For modesty, girls may wear navy or white bicycle style shorts under the skirt or jumper. No other colors are acceptable. Shorts are not visible below the hem line. Girls may wear sweatpants under the skirt or jumper in cold weather when they go outside, but should remove them, just as they would a jacket or coat, when they are inside the building.

UNIFORM SLACKS - Boys and girls wear navy cotton, polyester or corduroy uniformdress slacks. Pockets are traditionally styled. No carpenter loops, cargo pockets or zippers on the legs.

UNIFORM SHORTS and CAPRI LENGTH UNIFORM PANTS – Uniform shorts and Capri length uniform pants are permitted from the 1st day of school through September 30 th and May 1st through the last day of school. Navy uniform skorts may be worn during shorts season only. Uniform shorts and skorts are no shorter than 3 inches above the top of the knee. No carpenter loops, cargo pockets or zippers on the legs.  

SWEATERS - Boys and girls may wear long sleeve button down or zip cardigan sweaters, or pull over vests or sweaters in solid navy, dark green, or white. A uniform shirt must be worn under a sweater.

TURTLENECKS – Long sleeve, white, navy or hunter green, worn under jumpers, sweaters or sweatshirts.

SWEATSHIRTS- Only sweatshirts purchased from the St. Mary’s School Store or through St. Mary’s Home & School or Athletics are acceptable. Hooded sweatshirts may be worn; however, the hood will remain down while inside the building. A uniform shirt must be worn under a sweatshirt.

SHOES – Shoes must be closed toe with a back. Shoes must be clean and laces tied. Both laces must be the same color. Students may bring a change of shoes to use in Physical Education class. Only white-soled or non-skid tennis shoes will be allowed on the gym floor.

BOOTS – Boots may be worn to school, but students should change into shoes once they are in the building.

SOCKS - Boys and girls wear plain socks in white, navy, or dark green. Girls may also wear plain or cabled knit tights in white, navy, or dark green.

BELTS - Belts must be worn with slacks and shorts that have belt loops. Belts are braided or plain leather in black, brown, or navy with no design and a plain buckle.

 GYM Physical Education Uniforms are purchased from the St. Mary’s School Store. PE uniforms are worn by all students in 6 th through 8 th grade. This uniform consists of a white T-Shirt with the school logo and navy athletic shorts with the school logo. Te nnis shoes for PE must be appropriate for physical activity and must have non-marking soles. For safety, shoes must be fitted and remain on the foot during activity.

 MAKE-UP- Make up is not permitted. Clear nail polish and clear lip gloss or lip balm may be worn. Temporary tattoos are not permitted unless they are part of a school celebration.

HAIR – Hair must be neat and clean cut in a well groomed traditional style. Highlights must be subtle, natural shades. No streaked or colored hair permitted. (ex. pink, blue, green, etc.)

 Boys: Bangs must be above the eye brows. Hair length must be above or to the collar, Sideburns are no longer than the ear lobe.

Girls: Bangs must be above the eye brows or held out of the eyes by a hair clip. Hair accessories should coordinate with the plaid uniform (Navy, Yellow, Dark Green, and White) and must not distract the students from their work.

 HATS- Hats are not to be worn inside the building unless they are part of a school celebration.

JEWELRY – Religious medals, scapulars and watches without alarms are permitted. Girls may only wear stud earrings. Boys will not wear earrings. No other jewelry is permitted.

PURSES - Girls in 6 th – 8 th grades are permitted to carry a small purse.

CASUAL DAYS- Fridays are casual dress days, except during Lent or when there is a scheduled school mass or other special event. The regular school uniform is worn on all Fridays during Lent.

JEANS - On casual days and for outdoor field trips,students may wear plain blue denim jeans. Any embellishments or decoration are limited to the back pockets and will be modest. No ripped, torn or frayed jeans. No designs, carpenter style loops, cargo pockets, or zippers on the legs.

SHIRTS -On casual days and for outdoor field trips, shirts will be either a uniform shirt or a St. Mary’s or CCHS logo shirt or sweatshirt.

DRESS UP DAYS: Students and parents will be notified in advance when we have a “Dress Up Day” for special occasions. On these days the very “best of the best” school uniform components should be worn. Shirts with collars and nicer slacks, skirts, or jumpers should be selected. Blouses and button down shirts are preferred to Polos. Collarless sweatshirts are discouraged.

 FIELD TRIPS- When a field trip is indoors, the school uniform will be worn. When a field trip is outdoors, Casual Day dress may be worn. Check each field trip permission slip for additional information.

The following variations to the dress code apply only to students for 6th - 8th Grades:

All uniform items above may be worn plus:

UNIFORM SHORTS, CAPRI LENGTH PANTS, and SKORT – Uniform shorts and Capri length uniform pants are permitted from the 1st day of school through September 30 th and May 1st through the last day of school. All 6 th-8 th students may wear navy or khaki uniform shorts.6 th - 8 th grade girls may also wear navy or khaki Capri length uniform pants or skorts during shorts season only. Uniform shorts and skorts are no shorter than 3 inches above the top of the knee. No carpenter loops, cargo pockets, or zippers on the legs.

 UNIFORM SLACKS – 6 th - 8 th grade students may wear navy or khaki cotton, polyester or corduroy uniform dress slacks. Pockets must be traditionally styled. No carpenter loops, cargo pockets or zippers on the legs.

SWEATSHIRTS and POLO SHIRTS - 6 th - 8 th Grade students may wear sweatshirts and polo shirts with the CCHS logo when purchased through CCHS. These items must also meet the CCHS dress code. A uniform shirt must be worn under a sweatshirt.  

MAKE-UP- Make-up may not be worn on a daily basis. 6 th - 8 th grade girlsare permittedto wear make upon specifically designated occasions, such as picture day, but should be minimal and age appropriate. Products used for skin medication or acne cover-up may be used if necessary and should be approved by the student’s homeroom teacher.

NAIL POLISH- is permitted for girls only in light shades of pink or other modest colors. No bright or dark colors are permitted. Polish will be in good repair.