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Dress Code

Since 1963, the dress and grooming code has been a time-honored tradition at Bishop Dwenger High School. Agreement to abide by our code is part of being a BD student. Studies have proven that students have a greater chance of remaining focused during the school day when other factors such as attire are not a competing issue. Since BD has a dress code versus a uniform, it is necessary to place restrictions on clothing. Our goal is not that every student looks the same, but that students present themselves in a decent fashion.

GUIDELINES ON PANTS: (LADIES & GENTLEMEN)

  1. Color: Khaki (beige tones)
  2. Style - Dress pants: Pleats, creases and flared bottoms are acceptable. No cargo, corduroy, skinny, or denim pants. No rivets, drawstrings, oversized or short styles. Pockets must be inside only. No external pockets where material is sewn onto the outside of the pants. Pants must be worn at the waist. Low riders are not permitted—THEY ARE NOT DRESS PANTS. No frayed or hand cut parts. Pants must be hemmed and worn above the sole of the shoe. (They may not drag on the floor)
  3. Belt: If the pants have belt loops, a belt is required. Belt must be leather or fabric in traditional fashion.

GUIDELINES ON SKIRTS: (LADIES)

The BDHS uniform skirt is the only approved skirt. Skirt length should not be shorter than 4” above the back crease of the knee.

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GUIDELINES ON SHIRTS & TIES: (GENTLEMEN)

  1. Color: Solid colored shirts ONLY in approved colors of white, maize (light yellow), navy blue, black, gray, and light blue. A conservative look is desired.
  2. Style: Collared, plain or buttoned down (buttons must be buttoned), dress shirt extending down the full-length of the front.
  3. Ties: Any professional color or design is appropriate. The tie should not be extreme; a conservative look is desired. The tie is to be tied and tightened to the collar.

Shirts must remain tucked in at all times whether standing, sitting, or stretching arms above the head. Ties must be worn at all times during the school day except during gym class, or unless otherwise specified by the administration.

GUIDELINES ON SHIRTS: (LADIES)

  1. Color: White, maize (light yellow), navy blue, black, gray, and light blue.
  2. Style: Ladies must wear the uniform shirt purchased through the school. It may be long or short sleeved. The shirt must not be tight fitting. If too tight, a larger shirt will be required to be ordered. No school-issued shirt is to be altered to give a form-fitting look. The shirt must have two of the three buttons fastened, and cleavage and undergarments may not be visible. Undergarment sleeves may not extend below the uniform shirt sleeves. Shirts must remain tucked in at all times whether standing, sitting, or stretching the arms above the head.

SWEATERS: (LADIES & GENTLEMEN)

Color: Solid color of white, maize (light yellow), navy blue, black, gray, and light blue.

Style: Knit-traditional weave. No fleece except the uniform fleece purchased though the school will be permitted. No sweatshirt material or hoods will be permitted. Sweaters may be vest, v-neck, crew neck, or cardigan in style. They may be short sleeved or sleeveless. The length of the sweater must extend below the waist but above the mid-thigh. Uniform shirts (Ladies) and uniform shirts and ties (Gentlemen) must be worn under the sweater at all times.

SHOES: (LADIES & GENTLEMEN)

Color: Solid color, shades of black or brown. No stripes.

Style: Must be a dress shoe. No athletic style shoes. No canvas shoes (i.e. TOMS, Vans and Keds) or shoes with a soft rubber sole, especially those with a wide strip of rubber where the top of the shoe meets the sole. For safety reasons, heels should not exceed 1 inche and “backless” shoes, sandals, moccasins, and open toed shoes will not be permitted. All shoes must be tied and pants worn outside the shoes. Leather boots can be worn. Boots should be tied up and the pant leg must be pulled down over the boot. No knee high boots allowed.

SOCKS/TIGHTS: (LADIES)

Socks: Solid color and must be worn and be visible above the ankle at all times.

Tights: Black tights must be worn with the skirt. Tights must be opaque with no texture or designs.

SOCKS: (GENTLEMEN)

Socks must be over the ankle. They must be worn and be visible at all times when dress code is in effect.

EARRINGS/BODY PIERCING & TATTOOS: (LADIES & GENTLEMEN)

Ladies: The number of ear piercings should be conservative.

Gentlemen: No earrings allowed.

Both Genders: No other visible body piercing permitted, including but not limited to, nose, eye brows, lips, chin, and tongue.

Tattoos: Tattoos must not be visible.

GUIDELINES ON ACCESSORIES: (LADIES & GENTLEMEN)

Hats or head coverings are not worn inside the building.

Wallet chains are not permitted.

An excessive amount of jewelry is not permitted.

GROOMING: (LADIES & GENTLEMEN)

Ladies: Hair color should not be of extreme colors. Extreme hair ornaments are not permitted.

Gentlemen: Hair color should not be of extreme colors. Hair must be cut above the shirt collar and part of the ear must be visible at all times. Sideburns should not extend below the lowest part of the ear. No other facial hair is permitted.

Ladies and Gentlemen: At no time shall a student’s appearance be so extreme as to attract attention or create a disturbance.

DRESS DOWN GUIDELINES:

No leggings. No yoga pants. No skinny jeans that are excessively tight. No jeans with rips/tears/holes. No backless shoes, sandals, flip flops, slippers. No apparel with inappropriate messages. No skirts or shorts shorter than 4” from the back of the knee. No necklines that show any cleavage (no lower than your buttoned school polo would be). No wording across the buttocks of a garment. No sleeveless tops. No pajamas. No low-riding pants with layers showing beneath. Hats that are part of the theme/costume must be removed in the classroom. BD apparel must be worn if not dressing in the theme.

DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS:

  • 1st offense: Student written up, copy of violation sent home.
  • 2nd offense: Student written up, copy of violation sent home, and detention assigned.
  • 3rd offense: Student written up, copy of violation sent home, Saturday school assigned.
  • 4th offense: Review board and final probation.

DRESS CODE MODIFICATIONS:

The administration of BDHS has the right to modify, suspend, alter or supersede dress code policies when it is deemed appropriate. It is impossible to foresee every situation in the dress code and individual adjustment may be needed.