Dress Code and Uniform Information
DRESS AND GROOMING CODE
The Christian message is a call to a lifestyle that is different from the norm of society. Dress and grooming regulations, based on that call, are centered on cleanliness, neatness, modesty, good taste and safety. Listed below are specific rules, which give definite statements for dress and grooming. These regulations are to be observed by all students at all times while at school or any school function (field trips, etc.) unless specific regulations, differing from those listed below, are given by the Assistant Principal, Student Services. The Deans reserve the right to request any student to change attire, to regulate against certain fashions, and to confiscate any objectionable items when they deem it necessary. Issues relating to dress or appearance of a student that are not specifically mentioned in this handbook, but are inconsistent with the school’s philosophy and expectations, may be deemed unacceptable at the discretion of the Principal.
School hours are considered from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. The following limited items may not be worn between those hours: sunglasses, hats of any kind, and boy’s earrings. This includes metal, plastic or rubber studs. Earrings must be moderate. Bars, plugs or tribal spacers are not acceptable and may never be worn.
The following restricted items are never allowed to be worn on campus or at any school function on or off campus: bandanas, visible tattoos, body rings, bars, plugs or tribal spacers. This includes metal, plastic or rubber studs. In addition, chains for wallets are not to be worn.
REGULAR DRESS CODE
Bishop Amat has a uniform-style of dress for both boys and girls. Bishop Amat students are required to report to campus in their school uniform. Students that have a PE, dance or athletic class during first block should report to school in their school uniform and report to the gym at 7:55 when the bell rings to change into their PE clothes. The only exceptions to this are the students that have an athletic practice before the school day begins. Students that do not abide by this rule will face disciplinary action.
The student may wear any combination of the uniform items within the following guidelines. These items must be purchased from the Mills Uniform Company:
Mills Uniform Skirts (girls only)
Skirts must be no shorter than two inches above the top of the knee. Skirts cannot be rolled to a length shorter than two inches above the top of the knee. (Box pleat style in: navy, gray, khaki)
Mills Uniform Sweaters
V-neck pullovers, crew-neck pullovers, and cardigans are acceptable. All sweaters must be worn with a uniform shirt underneath. (navy, burgundy, forest green)
Mills Uniform Vests
If worn, a vest must be a uniform vest and worn with a uniform shirt underneath. (navy, burgundy, forest green)
Students must wear either Mills Uniform pants or classic, relaxed or straight-leg khaki pants provided the pants are the same color as Mills Uniform (navy, khaki/tan, gray), and they are not cargo-style pants, denim/jean material or Dickies brand. Dockers are preferred. All pants worn must meet the following set of criteria:
1. Pants must be ankle length.
2. Pants must fit the student. They may neither be tight nor oversized. Pants may not be tapered.
3. Pants must not be low-rise. Pants must have a waistband designed to be worn at the waist. If Dockers are selected, only the Classic style fulfills this criterion.
4. Pants must not have slits or tears at the bottom seams.
5. Pants must not be rolled at the waist or ankles.
6. Boys must always wear belts with their pants.
7. Shirts must be tucked into the pants.
Students must wear either Mills Uniform shorts or similar style shorts provided they are the same color as the Mills Uniform shorts (navy, khaki/tan, gray), they have belt loops, and they are not cargo-style shorts, denim/jean material or Dickies brand. Dockers are preferred. All shorts worn must meet this set of criteria:
1. Shorts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the top of the knee.
2. Shorts must be no longer than the bottom of the knee.
3. Shorts cannot be rolled up at the leg.
4. Shorts must fit the student and cannot be oversized.
5. Shorts must be worn at the waist and may not be low rise.
6. Boys must wear a belt with their shorts.
7. Shirts must be tucked into the shorts.
Shirts may be purchased from local department stores provided they are the same style, color and shade of color as those sold by the Mills Uniform Company. Shirts must be free of writing, emblems or logos. Included are:
1. polo shirts, long or short sleeve (navy, royal blue, sky blue, burgundy, forest green, white, yellow)
2. striped/solid oxford shirt, long or short sleeve (navy/white stripe, maroon/white stripe, sky blue, white or yellow). In most cases, only one top button may be unbuttoned.
* Shirts (including performance or athletic team polos) must always be tucked into the waistband of pants/shorts/skirts. Shirts cannot be pinned or cinched.
Shirts worn beneath uniform shirts are limited to the following:
1. solid white, long or short sleeve cotton shirt (thermals or under armor style shirts are NOT permitted)
2. solid white, long sleeve turtleneck shirt
3. undershirts must be free of writing
Group Specific Amat Attire:
All group specific Amat attire for athletic teams, performance groups, clubs, etc. which include shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, warm ups, uniforms, jackets, etc. must be submitted by the Athletic Director or the Activities Director for the approval of Assistant Principal, Student Services.
The only sweaters and vests that may be worn by students are those styles sold by the Mills Uniform Company. As an alternative to the Mills Uniform sweaters, the following items may be worn:
1. Bishop Amat Sweatshirts and Logo Jackets: These items are sold through the school bookstore and may be purchased at any time during the school year. All sweatshirts must be worn with a uniform shirt underneath. Sweatshirts must be worn over the uniform shirt, sweater or vest.
2. Bishop Amat Team/Group/ Letterman Jackets and Sweaters: These items may be purchased through an individual team/group after approval is given by the Assistant Principal, Student Services. These items must be clearly marked with the school name and team name. Acceptable colors are royal blue, navy, yellow/gold, white and light gray.
3. Sweatshirts that are not clearly marked with the school name and in any color other than the approved colors (stated previously) may not be worn. This includes university/college sweatshirts, CIF sweatshirts purchased or provided at any competition in which the student participated.
Cold/Inclement Weather Policy
When weather conditions call for additional outer wear while outdoors, students may wear coats/jackets provided selections meet the following criteria:
1. Coats/jackets must be solid in color with no writing, emblems or patches. Team/group jackets other than Bishop Amat jackets may NOT be worn.
2. Coats/jackets may not be denim or Pendleton style.
3. Coats/jackets must be worn over Bishop Amat sweatshirt/jackets/sweaters while outdoors. When inside the classroom, students should remove additional outer wear as instructed.
Hoods may only be worn outdoors during cold or inclement weather. Hoods must be removed when the student enters the campus buildings. Students are expected to comply immediately when asked by a Dean or teacher to remove their hoods. No other hats or other headwear may be worn.
Belts must be plain, without writing, designs, or studs of any kind. Acceptable styles are webbed, braided or leather belts of standard width in tan, black, burgundy, navy, or gray. Belts and buckles may not be oversized. Buckles with initials or emblems are not permitted.
Dress Shoes: Hard sole shoes higher than mid-ankle can only be worn with pants, never with skirts or shorts. Pants may not be cut to fit over the shoes. Pants may not be tucked into shoes. Shoes may not have open toes or open backs. *Soft sole shoes or shoes that look like slippers or moccasins are not permitted.
Tennis Shoes: Tennis shoes must be in good condition and have one of these colors as the primary color of the shoe: white, black, blue, gray or khaki/tan. No stripes, plaids, designs or print shoes allowed. Shoelaces must be white or a solid color that is the same as the primary color of the shoe. Roller shoes are prohibited. *Soft sole shoes or shoes that look like slippers or moccasins are not permitted. High-top tennis shoes may never be worn with skirts or shorts, but may be worn with pants only.
All students must wear socks. Only solid colored socks free of writing or designs may be worn in the following colors: white, black, navy, burgundy, tan, brown, yellow or gray. Socks must clearly extend above the top of the shoe so as not to appear as though the student is not wearing socks. If socks worn are not clearly and obviously visible over the top of the shoe, they are too short and the student should purchase socks of an increased length.
In addition to socks, girls may wear solid colored knee highs (worn below the knee) or tights in black, burgundy, gray, white, navy or tan. Beige toned nylons may also be worn. Leggings, patterned, fishnet or textured tights/ nylons are not permitted.
Note: Either socks or tights may be worn. Students may not wear socks and tights; one or the other.
Hair that is neat, clean and moderate, of the student’s natural color (except for light highlighting), combed in such a way that it does not hang in the face; Cosmetics that are moderate; No more than two earrings in any ear, no longer than two inches from point of insertion. Earrings may only insert at one site.
Exaggerated hairstyles (tails, unnatural red/orange/or other colored hair, two-toned hair colors/“hombre” look); excessive use of gels or sprays; shaved areas; hair that hangs in face; more than two earrings in one ear; earrings that are longer than two inches from insertion; bars that extend across the ear; multicolored, black or other faddish fingernail polish. Body rings, bars, tribal spacers and plugs are restricted items and are never allowed to be worn during school or at any school function on or off campus.
Hair that is neat, clean and moderate, of the student’s natural color, that does not extend to the collar, does not extend over the eyebrow when combed forward, and does not extend over the middle of the ear; Haircut length differences must be blended; One step is allowed provided hair length difference is no greater than 3/4 inch and there are no shaved areas; Sideburns should be clean cut, no wider than one inch, and must not extend below the ear. Face should be clean- shaven at all times, every day. Earrings are not permitted before 4:00 p.m.
Mohawks or Faux-Hawks; Bleached or dyed hair, exaggerated styles (mohawks, spikes, tails, excessive use of gels or spray); hair extending below the eyebrow or middle ear; hair over collar in length; more than one step; step difference of greater than 3/4 inch; earrings before 4:00 p.m. Body rings, bars, tribal spacers and plugs are restricted items and are never allowed to be worn during school or at any school function on or off campus.
Note: School hours are considered to be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to these hours, Bishop Amat reserves the right to deny the wearing of any objectionable or offensive items on campus or at school functions at any time. Students and parents should be advised certain dress code violations will result in the student being sent home to change or make necessary adjustments prior to being allowed back to class. Such violations include:
• Skirts worn shorter than 2 inches above the knee
• Shorts worn shorter than 3 inches above the knee
• Pants/shorts worn excessively baggy or tight
• Pants worn with tears or tapered seams
• Pants/shorts that are not approved Mills or Dockers brand
• Shirts worn that are not of an approved color or shade of color
• Any other dress code standard for which the student is in repeated violation
MASS DRESS CODE
On scheduled Mass days, all students will be required to come to school dressed in more formal attire than on a regular school day. The Mass day formal dress code is as follows:
Boys – khaki uniform pants, white oxford button-down shirt (long or short sleeve) and tie. In inclement weather, students may wear a Mills uniform vest or cardigan or an Amat letterman jacket or sweater. Sweatshirts will not be allowed to be worn to Mass. Students may wear tennis shoes or dress shoes that meet the school’s established guidelines.
Girls – khaki uniform skirt and white oxford button-down shirt (short or long sleeve). In inclement weather, students may wear a Mills uniform vest or cardigan or an Amat letterman jacket or sweater. Sweatshirts will not be allowed to be worn to Mass. Students may wear tennis shoes or dress shoes that meet the school’s established guidelines.
Liturgical services and formal assembly dress code
Girls are required to wear uniform shorts or pants to school on the days on which liturgical services or formal assemblies are scheduled. Skirts are not to be worn to school on those days.