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Dress Code 2011-2012
Hesperia Christian School
DRESS AND APPEARANCE CODE FOR STUDENTS
 
 
Hesperia Christian School has established the following dress code to accomplish several purposes:
  • To improve the educational atmosphere of the campus.  Studies have shown that schools that have adopted a uniform dress code have seen a remarkable improvement in the morale and behavior patterns of their students.
  • To allow students to focus on their education rather than who is wearing what to school and whether it's in style.
  • To allow teachers to focus on teaching and on relationships with their students rather than having to evaluate student dress
  • To help build school unity and pride, much the same way many business organizations expect their employees to wear a uniform or company logo
While the dress code does not define what a Christian should wear to demonstrate spiritual depth in his/her life, it is designed to provide the maximum benefit to the entire school community as students pursue the responsibility they have been given at this time, i.e. to pursue a Christian education.

 
ELEMENTARY DRESS CODE POLICY
 
1. Dress Code Guidelinesfor All Students:
• Clothing must be clean, neat, in good repair (not frayed, no holes, patches or bleached spots), modest and should not be made of distracting fabrics or colors
• Baggy or oversized clothing may not be worn as well as clothing that is too tight
• Symbols on clothing, jewelry, backpacks, hats belts and totes representing anti-Christian philosophies (peace sign, horoscope, etc.) are not acceptable
• No objectionable pictures or slogans on outer wear, backpacks, totes, hats, or belts such as: non-Christian philosophies, non-Christian music, movie stars, skulls, skeletons, etc.
• “Skin” and Abercrombie & Fitch logos on clothing, totes, backpacks, hats or belts are not acceptable
2. Footwear
• Must be safe and secured to the foot
• All shoes must have a back
• For safety concerns, elementary students may not wear sandals
3. Polo Uniform Shirts with HCS Logo
• Must be purchased at D Christian Uniforms located at the southeast corner of Bear Valley Road and Second Avenue in Hesperia
• Polo shirts must cover the back and mid section completely when bending over
• No alterations may be made without pre-approval by the administration
• Buttons must be fastened one button length from the top
• Shirts do not need to be tucked in
4. Pants
• Plain blue or black denim jeans purchased at a store of your choice
• Students may also wear uniform pants purchased from D Christian Uniforms
• Pants are not to be worn too tight or too baggy and must follow the Dress Code Guidelines
• Belts are required if needed to hold pants up
5. Outer/Under Garments
• The school uniform shirt is to be the outer garment
• Solid color blue, red, white or black, plain (no lace) long sleeved shirt or tank top may be worn under the polo shirt
• Additional shirts or stylish vests or short, sweater-like garments are not permitted
• A winter coat, HCS sweatshirt (Hoodie or Crew) or HCS zip up sweatshirt (Hoodie) may be worn for warmth (no other outerwear will be permitted)
6. Shorts and Capris
• Plain blue or black denim jean material purchased at a store of your choice
• Students may also wear uniform shorts purchased from D Christian Uniforms
• Shorts must be hemmed and be no shorter than 6 inches from the ground when kneeling and no longer than 2 inches below the knee
• Leggings, stockings, tights and knee high socks are not to be worn with shorts or capris
• Belts are required if needed to hold shorts up
7. Skorts and Jumpers
• Must be purchased at D Christian Uniforms
• Must extend below the tip of the middle finger when the arms are straight down at the side or no shorter than 6 inches from the ground when kneeling, which ever is longer.
• Uniform polo shirt needs to be worn with skorts and jumpers.
• Shorts must be worn under jumpers to ensure modesty on the playground
• Solid color knee high socks can be worn with skorts and jumper
8. Patriot/Spirit Dress
• On Fridays
• A school t-shirt or sweatshirt may be worn with blue or black denim jeans or shorts
• T-shirts and sweatshirts need to be purchased in the school office or be part of acceptable HCS activity, group or athletic team apparel
• Shirts from church mission trips or youth groups, etc. are not acceptable
• Shirts are not to be tied or fit adjusted in anyway
9. Body piercing and tattoos
• Are not allowed

APPEARANCE CODE
 
Girls
• Hair styles must be worn clear of the eyebrows. Distracting hairstyles which draw attention to the student are not permitted (i.e. starkly contrasted, unnatural-looking colors, unusually spiked, large differences in length, or symbols cut in hair.) Hair cut violations must be remedied by date set or the student will receive further discipline.
• Make-up is discouraged.
• Jewelry must be kept to a minimum.
• Hats of any kind may not be worn indoors.
Boys
• Hair styles must be clear of the eyebrows, collar and no longer than the bottom of ear. Distracting hairstyles which draw attention to the student are not permitted (i.e. starkly contrasted, unnatural-looking colors, unusually spiked, large differences in length, or symbols cut in hair). To give direction with regards to variation of hair length, we ask that there be no more than a 2 level difference between hair lengths. Example: if the sides have been cut to a 1 length the top could be no longer that a 3 length. Hair cut violations must be remedied by date set or the student will receive further discipline.
• Boys may wear watches, rings and modest neck chains or bracelets.
• Hats of any kind may not be worn indoors.
HCS DRESS CODE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
Certain circumstances warrant a change in our everyday code. For any casual school-sponsored event (e.g. games, retreat, rehearsals), regular school clothing is always acceptable. In addition, the following would further promote the purposes established for HCS dress guidelines.
Sportswear Guidelines
• Should follow general Dress Code Guidelines
• Jeans, T-shirts, thermals, warm-up suits that do not include objectionable pictures or slogans are acceptable. (“Objectionable pictures or slogans” means anything relating to non-Christian philosophies or life-styles, like non-Christian movies, movie stars, or television characters, non-Christian music or music stars, skulls or skeletons, beer ads, etc.) We are also asking that “Skin” and Abercrombie & Fitch logos not be worn, as well.
• Shorts worn during casual events will follow the same guidelines as for the regular school day.
• Sweat clothing should be loose fitting and in good repair.
• All clothing should be modest. No spaghetti straps, bare midriffs, etc.
• All swimwear should be modest. Girls’ swimsuits should be one-piece and French-cut bottoms are not allowed. Students will be asked to wear a dark T-shirt over immodest or two-piece suits.
 
 
Revised August 2011
SECONDARY DRESS CODE POLICY 
  1. Dress Code Guidelines for All Students:
• Clothing must be clean, neat, in good repair (not frayed, no holes, patches or bleached spots), modest and should not be made of distracting fabrics or colors
• Baggy or oversized clothing may not be worn as well as clothing that is too tight
• Symbols on clothing, jewelry, backpacks, hats, belts and totes representing anti-Christian philosophies (peace sign, horoscope, etc.) are not acceptable
• No objectionable pictures or slogans on outer wear, backpacks, hats, belts and totes such as: non-Christian philosophies, non-Christian music, movie stars, skulls, skeletons, etc.
• “Skin” and Abercrombie & Fitch logos on clothing, totes, backpacks, hats or belts are not acceptable
• Appropriate footwear is required
2. Polo Uniform Shirts with HCS Logo
• Must be purchased at D Christian Uniforms located at the southeast corner of Bear Valley Road and Second Avenue in Hesperia
• Polo shirts must cover the back and mid section completely when bending over
• No alterations may be made without pre-approval by the administration
• Buttons must be fastened one button length from the top
• Shirts do not need to be tucked in
3. Pants
• Plain blue or black denim jeans purchased at a store of your choice
• Students may also wear uniform pants purchased from D Christian Uniforms
• Pants are not to be worn too tight or too baggy and must follow the Dress Code Guidelines
4. Shorts and Capris
• Plain Blue or black denim jean material purchased at a store of your choice
• Students may also wear uniform shorts purchased from D Christian Uniforms
• Shorts must be hemmed and be no shorter than 6 inches from the ground when kneeling and no longer than 2 inches below the knee
• Leggings, stockings, tights and knee high socks are not to be worn with shorts or capris
5. Belts
• Required with pants and shorts
• Must have a buckle and are to be worn through the belt loops
6. Outer/Under Garments
• The school uniform shirt is to be the outer garment
• Solid color blue, red, white or black, plain (no lace) long sleeve shirt or tank top may be worn under the polo shirt
• Additional shirts or stylish vests or short, sweater-like garments are not permitted
• A winter coat, HCS sweatshirt (Hoodie or Crew) or HCS zip up sweatshirt (Hoodie) may be worn for warmth (no other outerwear will be permitted)
7. Patriot/Spirit Dress
• On Fridays
• A school T-shirt or sweatshirt may be worn with blue or black denim jeans or shorts
• T-shirts and sweatshirts need to be purchased in the school office or be part of acceptable HCS activity, group or athletic team apparel
• Shirts from church mission trips or youth groups, etc. are not acceptable
• A belt must still be worn
• Shirts are not to be tied or fit adjusted in anyway
APPEARANCE CODE
Body piercing and tattoos are considered distracting and should be avoided. Tattoos and body piercings must be covered at all times when on campus or at school events (i.e. away games, banquets, etc.)
 
Girls
• Hair styles must be worn clear of the eyebrows. Distracting hairstyles which draw attention to the student are not permitted (i.e. starkly contrasted, unnatural-looking colors, unusually spiked, large differences in length, or symbols cut in hair.) Hair cut violations must be remedied by date set or the student will receive further discipline.
• Modest make-up is acceptable.
• Jewelry must be kept to a minimum. Earrings must be worn on the ear only. Multiple earrings may be worn as long as they are not distracting. No Gauging is allowed. A single discreet stud-type nose piercing that is not distracting in size, shape or color may also be worn.
• Hats of any kind may not be worn indoors.
Boys
• Hair styles must be clear of the eyebrows, collar and no longer than the bottom of ear. Distracting hairstyles which draw attention to the student are not permitted (i.e. starkly contrasted, unnatural-looking colors, unusually spiked, large differences in length, or symbols cut in hair). To give direction with regards to variation of hair length, we ask that there be no more than a 2 level difference between hair lengths. Example: if the sides have been cut to a 1 length the top could be no longer that a 3 length. Hair cut violations must be remedied by date set or the student will receive further discipline.
• Mustaches or beards are only acceptable for senior boys. Sideburns must be no longer than the bottom of the ear. Facial hair violations must be remedied by the time specified or the student will receive further discipline.
• Boys may wear watches, rings and modest neck chains or bracelets. A single stud-type piercing may be worn on one or both ears. These must be small and not distracting. No Gauging is allowed. No chains on pants are permitted at HCS. Wallet chains must be completely concealed in a pocket.
• Hats of any kind may not be worn indoors.
HCS DRESS CODE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
Certain circumstances warrant a change in our everyday code. For any casual school-sponsored event (e.g. games, retreat, rehearsals), regular school clothing is always acceptable. In addition, the following would further promote the purposes established for HCS dress guidelines.
1. Sportswear Guidelines
• Should follow general Dress Code Guidelines
• Jeans, T-shirts, thermals, warm-up suits that do not include objectionable pictures or slogans are acceptable. (“Objectionable pictures or slogans” means anything relating to non-Christian philosophies or life-styles, like non-Christian movies, movie stars, or television characters, non-Christian music or music stars, skulls or skeletons, beer ads, etc.) We are also asking that “Skin” and Abercrombie & Fitch logos not be worn, as well.
• Shorts worn during casual events will follow the same guidelines as for the regular school day.
• Sweat clothing should be loose fitting and in good repair.
• All clothing should be modest. No spaghetti straps, bare midriffs, etc.
• All swimwear should be modest. Girls’ swimsuits should be one-piece and French-cut bottoms are not allowed. Students will be asked to wear a dark T-shirt over immodest or two-piece suits.
2. Formal Dress Guidelines (Dresses)
• The principle again is modesty. Even a dress that is long enough can be considered immodest if the slit is too high or the dress is clinging to the body. No see-through material is allowed.
• Dresses, including the slit must be the same length as for regular school events and must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee all the way around.
• Backless, strapless, off-the-shoulder or spaghetti strap tops will not be allowed, unless covered by a jacket or sweater. The jacket or sweater will need to be worn during the entire school event.
• The midriff must be covered at all times and no cleavage or underwear should be showing. Low necklines and immodestly tight clothing are not acceptable.
• The HCS Dress Code will be enforced at all special events. Students may not be allowed to participate in the activities if not dressed properly. They may even be sent home.
• Dresses must be brought in to the office before the event to be checked. Remember, some “judgment calls” will have to be made, so it would be best to take precautions ahead of time and not be disappointed during the special event. It is each student’s responsibility to have items of clothing approved ahead of time.
ENFORCEMENT OF DRESS CODE POLICY
For each individual violation of the dress code policy, a record will be kept. Violations are cumulative for each semester. Students will receive ½ discipline point for each dress code referral.
A student arriving at school in violation of the dress code will have the following options:
1. Call parents to bring appropriate clothing during which time student will wait in a designated location on campus
2. Leave school with parent permission to change and return to school
3. If replacement clothing cannot be secured, they may be given loaner clothing to wear (which must be returned washed and in good repair) and sent back to class.
4. At administration discretion, the student may remain in the non-approved clothing for the remainder of the school day.
Class time missed for dress code violations will be considered unexcused. Penalties for missed classroom assignments will apply.
 
 
 
Revised August August 2011
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