Dress Code

A uniform dress code is used to aid in maintaining an atmosphere in the school that is conducive to study and learning. The dress code policy is posted in each classroom. PLEASE MARK ALL SCHOOL CLOTHES WITH STUDENT’S FIRST AND LAST NAME.

Girls

  • Grades K-3: Plaid jumpers from Education Apparel Education Apparel #18257.

  • Grades 4-8:  Skirt from Educational Apparel, must touch the ground when kneeling. Education Apparel #13257

    ***Shorts worn under skirts and/or jumpers must not be visible.***

  • Slacks Grades K-8: Navy blue, uniform style, straight-leg dress pants worn at waist level. No washed-out, low-cut, flared, skin tight, or designer styles. No cargo pants (no additional zippers, pockets, or loops on the legs). Trousers may be purchased from the uniform company (Educational Apparel). They may also be purchased from the uniform section of a department store or catalog, provided they match those from the uniform company in style and color. No denim jeans.

  • Blouses/Shirts Grade K-8:  White or light blue round or pointed collar blouse, long or short sleeves, or shirt or light blue “golf” shirt. Shirts must be tucked in. No colored garments may be worn under uniform blouse, shirt, or tee shirt.

Boys

  • Trousers Grade K-8:  Navy blue, uniform style, straight-leg dress pants worn at waist level. No washed-out, low-cut, flared, skin tight, excessively loose or designer styles. No cargo pants (no additional zippers, pockets, or loops on the legs). Trousers may be purchased from the uniform company (Educational Apparel). They may also be purchased from the uniform section of a department store or catalog, provided they match those from the uniform company in style and color. No denim jeans.

  • Shirts Grade K-8: Solid colors, white or light blue. Shirts must have a collar. They may be knit or dress shirt style, long or short sleeve. Shirts must be tucked in. No colored garments may be worn under uniform shirt.

Girls and Boys Grades K-8

  • Sweater:  Plain navy blue or white, cardigan or pullover. No excessively tight or loose sweaters are permitted.

  • Sweatshirt:  Official St. Helen sweatshirt sold by PTO, crew neck or hooded or sweatshirt with the plaid lettering on the front may be worn. Spirit wear is reserved for pride events and out-of-uniform days. A uniform shirt must be worn under sweatshirts.

  • Tee Shirts:  Should be plain white with no writing or pictures showing through. Sleeves may not be longer than the outer shirt. No colored tee shirts may be worn under uniform blouse or shirt.

  • Socks:  Must be worn and must be plain white, black, or navy only. Plain white or navy tights or leggings may be worn with uniform skirts and jumpers. Leggings must extend to the ankle and no skin may be showing.

  • Shoes:  Athletic shoes are preferred for wear with the uniform because they are safer. Any gym shoes or other shoes worn with black soles must be non-marking. Flip-flops, clogs, thongs, sandals, heelys (skate shoes), crocs, house slippers, booties, as well as shoes higher than normal heels, are not permitted. Boots may be worn to school but students must change into shoes upon arrival.

  • Shorts:  Plain solid navy blue, cotton-poly waist-level shorts are permitted year round (no shorter than 2 inches above knee). Shorts are not to be skin tight or excessively loose and can be purchased from the uniform company (Educational Apparel). They may also be purchased from the uniform section of a department store or catalogue, provided they match those from the uniform company in style and color.

  • Gym Clothes:  This uniform must be purchased from St Helen’s. No alterations of the uniform are permitted. Students must wear their PE uniform on the day their class is scheduled for PE.

  • Jewelry:  No jewelry is permitted except one small ring, one wrist watch, one bracelet, and one religious necklace (cross, dove, scapular, saint medal, or other acceptable Christian symbol). No pocket chains. Earrings, if worn, are to be very small and non-dangling. Piercing, other than of the ear lobes, is not permitted.

  • Make-up:  No face make-up, body make-up, tattoos, or lipstick permitted; this includes nail polish. No artificial fingernails are permitted.

  • Hair:  Hairstyles and color should be moderate with hair out of the eyes, so they do not cause distractions. Boys’ hair length will be shoulder length or shorter. Hair dyeing in unnatural colors, false hairpieces, or other fads is not permitted.

  • Scents:  No perfume, cologne, or scented hand or body lotion may be worn out of consideration for all of those with allergies and asthma. In addition, aerosol deodorants may not be used in school.

  • Belt:  If worn must be black, brown or navy blue.

  • Backpack:  Wheels are not permitted.

    ***All students are expected to come to school clean, neat and well-groomed with garments in good repair.***
     

  • Over sized or skin tight clothing of any kind is not in compliance with the School Dress Code. Any student who is not in compliance with the St. Helen School Dress Code will be issued a Notification Slip (Attachment A) stating the details of the violation. This will be signed by the parent and returned to school. Any extreme violation will be sent home until corrected. Time missed from school will be an unexcused absence or absences.

Dress Code Violation Consequences

  • 1st offense: Vice card signature, School Dress Code Notification Slip sent home to be signed by parent/guardian and returned the following day.

  • 2nd offense: Vice card signature, School Dress Code Notification Slip sent home to be signed by parent/guardian and returned the following day.

  • 3rd offense: Vice card signature, School Dress Code Notification Slip sent home to be signed by parent/guardian,  returned the following day and loss of out of uniform privilege on next out of uniform day.

  • 4th offense: Vice card signature, School Dress Code Notification Slip sent home to be signed by parent/guardian,  returned the following day and Conduct Detention issued.
     

If a student receives 3 conduct detentions for dress code violations, a conference will be held and in-school suspension (ISS) will be assigned. The next infraction following ISS will result in a conference with the parent, student, teacher, and principal, during which a behavior contract will be developed. The contract will include steps that will follow for further infractions (a second ISS, out-of-school suspension, or expulsion are possible next steps).

Out of Uniform Dress Code

School out of uniform days are announced in advance with guidelines. On these days, students may wear street clothes, including jeans. Extreme styles of clothing are not to be worn. This includes extremely short clothes, spaghetti-strap garments, baggy or over-sized clothes, too tight clothing, midriff-baring or see-through clothes, tank tops with nothing underneath them, clothing that reveals undergarments or clothing with holes or tears. Shoes with socks must be worn. Conservative dress is encouraged. Clothing must not reflect unchristian attitudes, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, violence, inappropriate or derogatory messages. The administration reserves the right to make the final decision on appropriate attire. Students who choose inappropriate clothing on out of uniform days will call home for a change of clothes. If no change is available, a clean uniform will be supplied.

If for some reason there is a necessity for a student to be out of uniform on a day other than announced out of uniform days, a note from the parent is required.

Updated January 3, 2019

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About St. Helen School

Since its opening in 1954, St. Helen School strives to promote the spiritual and intellectual development of every student.  First in the State of Ohio to be certified as a Virtue Based Restorative Discipline School, students are educated in the Catholic Faith, prepared for the sacraments, and attend weekly Mass. St. Helen, located in Riverside, Ohio, is a community that celebrates diversity and welcomes families from areas including BeavercreekDaytonFairbornHuber HeightsRiverside, and military families from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.