St. Francis maintains a dress code because we believe it fosters school identity and pride in one’s self; it minimizes fashion competition and distractions; it teaches the value of appropriate dress; and it is an economical solution to expensive clothes.
Students are to be in full uniform when school is in session. Uniforms are to be worn to and from school. A student who is out of uniform for a legitimate reason must bring a note from a parent or guardian. Students who do not abide by the dress code will receive a uniform slip, and repeated offenses may result in disciplinary action. When students are attending field trips they will be expected to wear their uniforms unless otherwise instructed.
Preschool students do not wear uniforms. They should wear comfortable play clothes that do not interfere with full participation. Low-heeled shoes that fully enclose the heel and toes are required.
All students must carry their books to and from school in a book bag. Preschoolers will be provided with a tote bag for carrying their things to and from school. Parents are responsible to replace lost or damaged book bags or tote bags. Middle school students with iPads are expected to keep them in a protective case at all times.
- All Students - Navy Blue or White Socks, which must cover the ankles.
- All Students - Brown Tie Buck Shoes (we prefer the light bucks but will allow the darker suede).
- All Students - Navy Blue sweaters with the school’s logo, which must be purchased from Flynn & O’Hara or Lands End only. Student has three (3) options to choose from.
- K-5th Girls - Uniform Jumper (knee- length) with a white Peter Pan collared blouse.
- K-5th Boys - Navy blue pants from Flynn & O’Hara or Lands End with a white buttoned down collared shirt. (School Logo is not required on the white shirt, but no other logos are acceptable). Black or brown belt. Shirt must remain tucked into the pants. Navy blue ties are required (except for Kindergarten).
- 6th-8th Girls - Uniform skirts (knee-length) with a white buttoned down collared blouse
- 6th-8th Boys - Navy blue pants from Flynn & O’Hara or Lands End with a white buttoned down collared shirt. (School Logo is not required but no other logos are acceptable). Black or Brown Belt. Shirt must remain tucked into the pants. Navy blue ties are required.
- 8th - A class tie, approved by the school, may be included for both boys and girls in 8th grade.
Summer Option (April 1 to October 31)
Khaki walking shorts, purchased from Flynn & O’Hara or Lands End, may be worn in place of the dress uniform by both boys and girls with a white, short- sleeved polo shirt (School logos are not required but no other logos are permitted.) Shorts must fit properly and come to the top of the knee or longer.
Winter Option for Girls (November 1 to March 31)
Girls may substitute long khaki dress slacks for their jumper or skirt. Khaki slacks must be purchased from either Flynn & O’Hara or Lands End. A brown or black belt must be worn. All other pieces of the uniform remain unchanged.
- Uniforms should be neat and clean and shirts are to be tucked in at all times.
- Tee shirts worn underneath must be plain white, short sleeved in length and tucked into slacks or skirts.
- Clothing must not be tight or revealing.
- Hats are not to be worn in the building.
- Colored and artificial nails are not permitted. Only clear nail polish is acceptable.
- Tattoos, makeup, and body piercings are not permitted.
- Bandanas, hats and similar hair decorations are not permitted. Simple headbands may be worn.
- Because our dress code seeks to minimize fashion competition and distractions, we discourage elaborate hairstyles:
- Boys’ hairstyles should be simple, not touch the collar of their shirt and may not impede vision. No trends such as Mohawks, coloring, or designs shaved into the head will be permitted.
- Girls’ hairstyles should be simple rather than extravagant and should be the student’s own natural hair color.
- Hair accessories should be functional, and should not interfere with learning. Simple headbands, such as the uniform plaid or plain dark colors, are preferred.
- Girls may wear one stud earring on each ear. Dangling earrings or hoops are not allowed.
- Boys may not wear earrings.
- Bracelets and necklaces are not permitted. A small religious symbol may be worn around the neck but must be worn underneath the shirt.
- One simple ring is permitted.
- A simple watch is permitted.
- Tie “buck” shoes are the only uniform shoe permitted.
- Tennis shoes must be worn with the gym uniform.
Physical Education Uniform
Worn all day of assigned gym day.
- Green tee-shirt with SFA logo
- Green gym shorts with the SFA logo
- Solid green sweatpants and sweatshirt with the SFA logo
- White socks and tennis (athletic) shoes
Occasionally, students are permitted to attend school or school events in casual, out-of-uniform attire. Even though students are out of uniform, clothing must reflect the values of St. Francis of Assisi School.
- No undergarments should be visible.
- Students may wear jeans, pants, sweats, or capri pants. Skirts, dresses, shorts must go to the knee. Leggings must be covered by a skirt or dress that goes to the knee.
- Shirts must have sleeves and cover the stomach and chest areas.
- Clothing should not be snug-fitting or revealing. No tank tops, spaghetti straps, or bare midriffs are permitted. Leggings and tight jeans/pants are not permitted unless they are layered under other clothing, in which case, the top layer must reach the knee.
- Clothing should not have holes or tears, even if that is part of the design.
- If there is writing or a logo on the clothing, it must be in good taste. No pants or skirts that have writing on the back are permitted.
- No writing or drawing on the skin is permitted.
Shoes worn on dress-down days must be close-toed shoes with a heel of no more than one inch.
Hair and Accessories for Dress-down Days
- Students may wear jewelry or hair accessories but they must not impede learning.
- Teachers reserve the right to tell a child to take off accessories that are a distraction.
- Earrings must be post earrings. Hoop and dangle earrings are not permitted.
- No hats or other head-coverings are permitted in the building.
- No makeup is permitted.
- Only clear nail polish is permitted. (However, during the week after Fun Day, nail polish will be allowed).