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Uniforms & Dress Code

The dress code provides a standard for our students, which fosters an environment conducive to learning and respectful behavior.
Final decisions regarding the school uniform rest with the principal.

Our uniforms are available from Flynn & O'Hara (clickable link).

Ways to Order with Flynn & O'Hara 

Used uniform sales are conducted several times per year by the PTO Uniform Committee. During uniform sales, you can exchange items that your children have outgrown for larger size items, or buy used uniform pieces that you do not have yet. These sales are usually in the first few weeks and the last few weeks of the school year. Uniforms can only be donated at drop-off events held before sales. Dropping off uniforms at any other time is not permitted.

Contact the used uniforms coordinator at hcauniforms@holycrossweb.com

Uniform Requirements & Other Pertinent Information

All students’ shoes must be black shoes that fasten and stay on the student’s foot, even when running. Ballet flats and cloth shoes are not permitted. Parents are urged to purchase shoes that provide proper support for their child’s growing feet. 

 Shoe Fashion Show for pictures of acceptable and unacceptable shoes for the school year.

Girls in Grades 1 to 5

            maroon and gray jumper

            gray dress slacks and black belt

            white blouse with Peter Pan collar or turtleneck

            maroon sweater with school logo (must be worn for school Masses & for pictures)

            black shoes– must fasten, no ballet flats or cloth shoes

            maroon crew socks/tights/knee socks

 

Girls in Grades 6 to 8

            maroon and gray skirt 

            gray dress slacks and black belt

            white blouse with oxford collar or turtleneck in winter

            white golf shirt with school logo in summer

            maroon sweater with school logo (must be worn for school Masses & for pictures)

            maroon sweater vest with school logo (middle school only)

            black shoes – must fasten, no ballet flats or cloth shoes

            maroon crew socks/tights/knee socks

 

Boys in Grades 1 to 8

            gray dress slacks and black belt

            white shirt and uniform tie in winter; white golf shirt with school logo in summer

            maroon sweater with school logo (must be worn for school Masses & for pictures)

            maroon sweater vest with school logo (middle school only)

            black shoes – must fasten

            gray crew socks

 

Optional Summer Uniforms for all grades

            gray uniform shorts (these must be purchased through the uniform company so that the 

            students will maintain a uniform look; substitutions are not permitted)

            white golf shirt with school logo

            black dress shoes – must fasten

 

Physical Education uniforms for Grades 1 to 8

            gray athletic shorts and gray or maroon t-shirt with school logo

            gray or maroon sweat suit with school logo (no other sweat suit may be worn with the PE

             uniform)

             black sneakers with black laces

             gray crew socks for boys, maroon crew socks for girls

 

Kindergarten students do not wear the school uniform.  Kindergarten students are expected to wear nice play clothes.  Kindergartners may not wear nail polish or nonreligious jewelry.  Kindergarten students sit on the carpet frequently and may take a daily rest time on mats.  Parents will want to take this into consideration when planning their child’s clothing. Kindergartners may wear the uniform or parts of it if they so wish.

Accessories and Grooming

 

  • Girls’ jumpers and skirts may not be more than one to two inches above the knee.  Parents are asked to exercise caution in hemming them at the beginning of the school year.  Correct uniform length must be maintained through the end of the school year.

  • No part of the uniform may be rolled.

  • Girls’ earrings must be small posts.  Hoops and dangling earrings may not be worn.  Boys may not wear earrings.  

  • Students may only wear religious medals and crosses; no other jewelry is permitted.

  • No make-up may be worn other than clear nail polish.

  • Hair spray, perfume and cologne are not to be brought to school.

  • School shoes must be all black. Any type of boots, clogs (shoes without a back), shoes with an open toe, or shoes with heels above one inch are not permitted. Shoes must fasten and stay on the student’s foot. Ballet flats and cloth shoes are not permitted. Shoes must be solid black with no other colored designs. 

  • Tattoos and tattoo transfers are not permitted.

  • Students are expected to maintain neat hairstyles.  Extreme hairstyles are not permitted, including hair height. Students are not to color their hair.

  • Boys’ hair may not touch the shirt collar.

  • Students’ hair may not be in their eyes. It must not go below their eyebrows. Girls with hair in their faces will be required to use a barrette or headband.

  • Tee shirts worn under the uniform shirt must be solid white.

  • Students may not wear sweatshirts or jackets in class or at assemblies except when they are in their phys ed uniforms.  Students who are cold must wear the school sweater.

  • While the students are in the winter uniform, they are required to wear the school sweater at Mass each week. If the room is warm or a student becomes overheated, they are encouraged to take off the sweater. Students are reminded to make special efforts to wear their uniforms properly and to be very clean and neat for Mass.

  • Hats may not be worn indoors.

  • The complete school uniform must be worn every day, although students are not obliged to wear the sweater except for Mass, school pictures and special events of which they will be notified.  

  • On the day the students have phys. ed. they will be permitted to wear their phys ed uniform to school. 

 

Casual Dress/Dress Down Days 

When students are permitted to dress out of uniform on a school day or at a school function, including Middle School dances, they must abide by the following dress code. Guidelines on grooming and appearance apply to dress down days just as traditional school days. 

  • Clothing should be neat and fit properly - neither too tight nor too loose.

  • Clothing must not prevent students from participating in the day’s activities (gym class and/or recess).

  • Shirts for both boys and girls must reach past the waist and have a full back and shoulders. 

  • Students may either wear their Holy Cross Academy gym shorts or other shorts that are no shorter than two inches above the knee.

  • Girls’ skirts or dresses may not be more than two inches above the knee          

  • Clothing with any inappropriate words or images are not permitted.

  • Jeans, sweat pants, or slacks are acceptable but must be free of rips or tears.

  • Students should not wear tights, leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, or other tight fitting pants.

  • Students should not wear flip-flops, sandals, or heels taller than one inch.

 

Students who come to school or a school function with inappropriate clothing will wait in the office until their parents can pick them up.  If a parent cannot pick up their child, the students will be lent a sweat suit from the Lost and Found to wear for the day. Students who are out of dress code on a dress down day will be prohibited from participating in the next dress down day. 

 

The principal and the assistant principal reserve the right to ban any hairstyle or clothing from school when they deem it inappropriate.

* Updated 7/2022