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Helias Catholic High School believes in the enforcement of a student appearance code for several reasons:
With this in mind, Helias has a uniform dress code which lists specifically what may be worn to school.
General Points Applicable to All Students
The following items of clothing are provided by vendors selected by Helias. All shirts, sweatshirts sweaters, jackets, and pullovers will have a Helias logo embroidered on the left chest and are purchased through Helias with payment expected at the time orders are placed.
Sweaters & Sweater Vests
All pants worn to Helias must be a khaki color and must have a dress pants look. The material must appear pressed. Pants that are manufactured to have a wrinkled look are not permissible. Patch pockets (sewn to the outside), rivets, and any frayed material on the pants are prohibited.
On the front page of the Helias website there is a tab for the Sader Shop. When you click that tab you will see a link to Lands End Merchandise. By clicking that link you will go to a specially designed webpage specific to Helias. You simply enter the requested information, including the grade and gender of your child and you will see options that have been approved for school wear. The site includes four school pants options for the boys and five for the girls, fleece jackets, fleece vests, half zip tops, crew sweatshirts, and several items (athletic shorts, pants, and jackets) appropriate for physical education classes but not approved for wear during the school day. There is also a boys navy & gold stripe necktie.
If pants have belt loops a leather black or brown belt with no adornments must be worn. Large/decorative belt buckles are not permitted.
Shoes are to be kept clean and dress shoes polished. Suede shoes, boots, and tennis shoes are not permitted.*
* If a student is injured and wearing tennis shoes is indicated, it may be approved for up to two days with a parental note brought to the business office. Notes must be taken to the business office and approved before school. If approved, the student will be given a tennis shoes permit which grants that permission or be subject to a dress code fine. If tennis shoes are medically necessitated for a longer period of time, a note from a licensed healthcare provider will be required. A new provider’s note and a written explanation of why the tennis shoes are necessary must be provided each quarter by those who need to wear them long term. The excuse that orthotics do not fit in shoes deemed acceptable by Helias is invalid and will not be accepted. Tennis shoes worn long-term as a result of a doctor recommendation must be black and must be in good condition in keeping with the dressier look of the Helias appearance code.
Boys and girls must wear matching socks which must be visible at all times. Girls’ hosiery must be solid white, navy, or flesh-colored. If a girl chooses the skort/culotte option, she must wear crew or knee length solid white or navy socks or hose.
Hair must be neat, clean, and combed. The appropriateness of hair style and coloring will be determined by the administration. Hair must be a natural hair color. Helias does not permit extremes in dyeing, bleaching or coloring. If the hair color is changed, it must be natural looking and well-maintained. Subtle highlighting or frosting is permitted, as long as it creates a uniform look over the whole head. If a student’s hair color is deemed inappropriate, he/she is subject to an appearance code fine each day until the hair can be dyed back to an acceptable, natural color.
When combed down, hair must be off the eyebrows; at least a portion of the ears must be visible; hair length in back may not overhang the collar. That said, the style and texture of some hair could be acceptable by this definition and still not be in accordance with Helias’ expectations. Those determinations will be made by the administration.
Hair must be neat, clean, trimmed and combed. Ponytails or any type of head band are not allowed. Unless special permission is granted by the administration to the contrary, students must be clean shaven, no beards or mustaches are allowed. Sideburns may not extend below the ear lobe. Jewelry must be simple and appropriate for school. Earrings are prohibited, as are the studs which are worn when ears are newly-pierced. Covering studs with tape or a band aid is not permitted.
Hair must be neat, clean, and combed. Jewelry must be simple and appropriate for school. No more than two earrings are permitted in each ear. Girls may carry purses/handbags only large enough to accommodate personal hygiene items, a calculator, and wallet. Purses may not exceed 12” in length or 8” in height. Large purses/bags must be left in the locker during the school day.
Penalties for Dress Code Violations
Students not in compliance with the dress code will be given a demerit and a $10 fine per offense. (see blue jeans and athletic shoes days below). Students will not be permitted to attend class unless they are wearing appropriate clothing. That may involve a phone call to parents to deliver appropriate clothing, a trip to the bookstore to purchase appropriate clothing which will then be billed to the student’s account, or, with parental and administrative approval, a student may be permitted to drive home to change. Any class work missed while taking action to comply with the dress code is unexcused and the work missed, including tests, cannot be made up. Students with facial hair will be required to shave before returning to class and will be charged $1.00 for the razor and shaving cream. It is possible to receive multiple demerits simultaneously if in violation of two or more appearance code rules.
Dress Down/Blue Jeans & Athletic Shoes Days
The administration may designate a day as dress down and/or jeans & athletic shoes day. Jeans may only be blue in color. On such days only good, clean blue jeans may be worn. No holes, tears, frayed bottoms, wide legged jeans or overalls are permitted. A belt with a buckle must be worn if there are belt loops. Athletic shoes must be clean and without holes. “Athletic shoes” means exactly that; boots, other casual shoes, slippers, etc. are not permitted. Visible socks are required. Regular school shirts are required unless otherwise specified. Under no circumstances may a shirt/top from another high school be worn. For violation of the dress code on a blue jeans & athletic shoes day two demerits will be issued and the student loses his/her privilege of dressing in blue jeans and athletic shoes for the remainder of the school year.
The blue jeans & athletic shoes dress code is acceptable for summer school classes at Helias.
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