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 Vice Principal. 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.
All students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus must abide by any policies set for by the health department, as well as any other mandates or orders specific to COVID-19 or other communicable diseases.
School hours are considered from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The following limited items may not be worn between those hours: sunglasses, hats of any kind, and boy’s earrings. This includes metal, clear/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/nose 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 the first block should report to school in their school uniform and report to the gym at 8:05 a.m. 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 may face disciplinary action.
Students may wear any combination of the uniform items listed below. With the exception of uniform skirts, uniform skorts, uniform sweaters and uniform vests which MUST be purchased from Dennis Uniform, all other uniform items can be purchased elsewhere, however, the specifications listed below must be met.
Dennis Uniform Skirts (girls only)
Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, all incoming freshmen (Class of 2027), if opting to wear a skirt, must purchase a NEW uniform skirt with the Amat “A” logo at the hem. Used skirts are not allowed. Any sophomore, junior or senior purchasing a new skirt must also have the Amat “A” logo at the hem.
Approved colors for uniform skirts are blue, gray or khaki only. Skirts must be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee. Skirts cannot be rolled to a length shorter than three inches above the top of the knee. Students who fail to comply with this length requirement will be sent home and may be denied the use of uniform skirts and, instead, be required to wear uniform shorts or pants.
Dennis Uniform Skorts (girls only)
Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, the school has adopted a uniform skort with the Amat “A” logo at the hem in blue, gray or khaki only. Skorts must be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee. Skorts cannot be rolled or altered to a length shorter than three inches above the top of the knee. Students who fail to comply with this length requirement will be sent home and may be denied the use of uniform skorts and, instead, be required to wear uniform shorts or pants.
Dennis Uniform Sweaters
V-neck pullovers, crew-neck pullovers, and cardigans are acceptable. All sweaters must be worn with a uniform shirt underneath. Approved uniform sweater colors are navy, burgundy and gray. Please note that navy is the only acceptable option for school-wide Mass days.
Dennis Uniform Vests
If worn, the vest must be worn with a uniform shirt underneath. Approved uniform vest colors are navy and burgundy. Please note that navy is the only acceptable option for school-wide Mass days
Students may wear Dennis uniform pants or any other brand provided it is a classic, relaxed, or straight-leg style similar to Dennis. Pants may not be Dickies brand, cargo-style, capri or joggers. Acceptable pants colors are navy, khaki and gray. Classic Dockers are preferred. All pants worn must meet the following set of criteria:
- Pants may not be oversized or sagging.
- Pants must fit the student appropriately. Pants can neither be tight or baggy.
- Pants must have a waistband designed to be worn at the waist..
- Boys must always wear belts with their pants.
- Pants must not have slits or tears or holes anywhere.
- Pants may not be jeans/denim material.
- Pants may not have exterior pockets. Back pockets should be interior pockets.
- Pants must not be rolled at the waist or ankles.
- Shirts must be tucked into the pants.
Students may wear Dennis uniform shorts or another brand provided they are the same style as Dennis shorts. Acceptable colors are navy, khaki and gray. Shorts must have belt loops and may not be Dickies brand, cargo-style or denim/jean material. Dockers are preferred. All shorts worn must meet this set of criteria:
- Shorts may not be oversized or sagging.
- Shorts must fit the student appropriately. Shorts can neither be tight or baggy.
- Shorts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the top of the knee.
- Shorts must be no longer than the bottom of the knee.
- Shorts cannot be rolled up at the leg.
- Shorts must be worn at the waist.
- Boys must wear a belt with their shorts.
- Shirts must be tucked into the shorts.
Shirts may be purchased from any store provided they are the same style, color and shade of color as those sold by Dennis Uniform. Shirts must be free of writing, emblems or logos. Included are:
- solid color polo shirts (long or short sleeve) in navy, royal blue, gray, baby blue, yellow, forest green, burgundy and white. NO stripes or designs.
- striped/solid oxford shirt (long or short sleeve) in navy/white stripe, maroon/white stripe, sky blue, white or yellow. In most cases, only one top button may be unbuttoned. *Shirts 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:
- solid white, gray or navy (long or short sleeve) shirt
- solid white, gray or navy long sleeve turtleneck shirt
- undershirts must be free of writing
Sweatshirts, Jackets and Outerwear
In addition to the Dennis uniform sweaters and vests, students may also wear the following over their uniform:
- ONLY Bishop Amat sweatshirts and jackets purchased through the Student Store. All Amat sweatshirts and jackets must be worn with a uniform shirt underneath. Sweatshirts must be worn over the uniform shirt, sweater or vest.
- ONLY Bishop Amat Team/Group or Letterman Jackets/Sweaters purchased through an individual team/group after approval is given by the Vice Principal. These items must be clearly marked with the school name and team name. Acceptable colors are royal blue, navy, yellow/gold, white and gray. Amat team/group jackets worn cannot exceed the length of uniform skirt, skort or shorts.
When weather conditions call for additional outerwear while outdoors, students may wear non-Amat coats/jackets over their Amat apparel provided selections meet the following criteria:
- Coats/jackets must be a SOLID color with no writing, emblems or patches. Acceptable colors are black, gray, navy and royal blue.
- Coats/jackets may not be denim or Pendleton (plaid/flannel) style.
NOTE: Non-Amat sweatshirts are NOT permitted. This includes university/college sweatshirts, CIF sweatshirts purchased or
provided at any competition in which the student participated. Additionally, 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.
Hard sole dress shoes may be worn. If wearing uniform pants and the shoe is higher than mid-ankle, the pants may not be tucked into the shoes nor may the pants be cut to fit over the shoes. Shoes may not have open toes or open backs. Crocs, Uggs, soft sole shoes or shoes that look like slippers or moccasins are not permitted.
Tennis shoes may also be worn. Tennis shoes with inappropriate words or designs are not allowed to be worn. Roller shoes are prohibited. Crocs, Uggs, soft sole shoes or shoes that look like slippers or moccasins are not permitted.
All students must wear socks. Only solid colored socks free of writing (except the company brand name/logo) or designs may be worn. 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. Tights may be worn with dress shoes only, not tennis shoes. Leggings, patterned, fish-net or textured tights/ nylons are not permitted.
NOTE: Either socks or tights may be worn. Students may not wear both socks and tights together..
Acceptable for Girls
Hair that is neat, clean, moderate, of the student’s natural color (except for light highlighting) and combed in such a way that it does not hang in the face. Cosmetics that are moderate. Earrings may not be longer than two inches from the point of insertion. Earrings may only be inserted at one site (no bars, tribal spacers or plugs).
Unacceptable for Girls
Exaggerated hairstyles (tails, unnatural red/orange/or other colored hair, two-toned hair colors/“ombre” look); shaved areas; hair that hangs in the face; earrings that are longer than two inches from insertion. Nose rings, 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.
Acceptable for Boys
Hair that is neat, clean, moderate, of the student’s natural color, does not extend below the collar, does not extend below the eyebrow and does not extend below the middle of the ear. If curly, hair must not extend below the eyebrows or extend too high from the scalp. Hair may be braided provided the braids do not hang in the face or extend below the collar.. Hair may also be secured into a tight bun provided it is neatly and inconspicuously fastened above the collar’s lower edge. Haircut length differences must be blended; One step is allowed provided hair length difference is no greater than 2 inches 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. Earrings are not permitted before 4:00 p.m. even if covered by band aids.
Unacceptable for Boys
Mohawks or faux-hawks; bleached or dyed hair, exaggerated styles (tails, shaved areas or shaved lines/designs, excessive length, top buns, ponytails, significant difference between the top and the sides of hair); hair extending below the eyebrow or middle ear; hair below collar; more than one step; step difference of greater than 2 inches; earrings before 4:00 p.m. Nose 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/skorts/shorts worn shorter than 3 inches above the knee
- Pants/shorts worn excessively tight
- Pants/shorts worn excessively baggy, sagging or with tears
- Pants of jean or denim material
- Pants/shorts that are not approved style, brand or cut
- Not wearing a uniform shirt or wearing a uniform shirt that is not an approved color
- Any other dress code standard for which the student is in repeated violation