In order to assist in maintaining a safe and positive learning environment, the Pastor, Principal, School Staff, School Commission and Parents’ Club have authorized a Uniform Policy for dress and grooming. School uniforms and a uniform policy create an environment that discourages using fashion as a status symbol or arena for competition. The uniform is a symbol of the students’ pride in themselves and a representation of the school to the community.
Within this Uniform Policy, parents have the opportunity and responsibility to teach their children about values and attitudes regarding dress and peer pressure. No dress code can replace good parental judgment. Parents must encourage adherence to the uniform policy
Every school day, each student is expected to possess a complete uniform (including a sweater, vest or sweatshirt). The complete uniform is to be worn at all school Masses and assemblies.
Official scout uniforms may be worn on meeting days in lieu of the school uniform. All clothing worn to school should be clean and in good condition. All clothing should represent good moral values and not present any safety or health issues.
The administration has the right to ask a student to change his or her clothes if the clothes are deemed inappropriate for school. The school administration will determine the appropriateness of any clothing not specifically covered in the Policy.
The Year-Round Uniform
All uniforms are to be no larger than two sizes larger or smaller than regular fit. Except for school sweatshirts and fleece, all uniform clothing can be purchased at The Uniform Store or through the Uniform Store website - www.dennisuniform.com. The OLL uniform standards are set by what is available at The Uniform Store. Some uniform clothing items must be purchased at the Uniform Store. Other items may be purchased at other stores (such as Nordstrom, JC Penney, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Sears, Land’s End, and others), as long as the style and colors are the same as those designated at The Uniform Store. School fleece jackets and vests can to be purchased at www.landsend.com.
In general, the standard uniform choices are as follows:
- Pants, shorts, skirts:
Boys: Navy blue pants or navy blue shorts.
Girls: Rampart plaid jumpers (grades K-5), Rampart plaid skirts (grades 6-8), navy blue skorts, navy blue pants, or navy blue shorts. Skirts and jumpers are to be no more than two inches above the top of the knee cap in a standing position. The discussion by the School Commission suggests that parents assure that skirts and jumpers are at the knee when purchased which allows for the growth spurts our youngsters experience through the school year
- Shirts: White polo shirt (long or short sleeves) or white turtleneck t-shirt. Shirts must be tucked in for assemblies, prayer services and school masses. (Light blue polo shirts with navy blue school insignia may be worn if already owned, but they should no longer be purchased and are being permanently phased out.)
- Socks: White or navy blue socks.
- Sweaters, sweatshirts, vests: Navy blue cardigan sweater, navy blue pullover v-neck sweater, navy blue v-neck sweater vest (embroidered insignia optional on all sweaters), navy blue fleece vest or jacket with embroidered school insignia or sweatshirt with school insignia (grades K-5: navy blue; grades 6-8: navy blue or gray).
- Shoes: Students should wear shoes with a closed toe and a back to the shoe. Sturdy dress shoes, tennis shoes or dress boots are acceptable types of shoes. Shoes should be clean and laces tied at all times. Velcro is acceptable. No lights or wheels are allowed on shoes. Sandals, flip-flops, hiking boots, heeled boots and cowboy boots are not allowed.
Free dress days are noted on the monthly calendar. Students are allowed to wear clothes that are appropriate for school. The following is a list of appropriate and inappropriate choices for Free Dress Days:
- Neat, clean, properly fitting, age and event appropriate.
- Clothes that fit comfortably without being over-large or sag fashion.
- Slacks, pants, sweatpants, jeans, shorts, and overalls.
- Shirts, blouses, sweaters, sweatshirts or T-shirts (see T-shirt restriction below).
- Dresses or skirts (shorts are recommended to be worn underneath).
- Students should wear shoes with a closed toe and a back to the shoe.
Inappropriate: (wearing any of the following will result in disciplinary action)
- T-shirt restriction: No shirts allowed that display any tobacco, drug or alcoholic product or bear any subject matter inconsistent with our Catholic teachings or the school’s educational philosophy.
- No tight fitting, spandex, sheer or otherwise revealing clothing, including excessively short skirts or shorts, tank tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps or thin shoulder straps. No exposed underwear, or manner of wearing clothes that exposes underwear or any part of the trunk of the body.
- No clothing more than two sizes too large or too small.
- Full length dresses or skirts are not recommended for safety reasons.
- Any clothing or manner of wearing clothing, which is distracting, creates a safety or health issue or reflects “gang” styles is not allowed.
Pride Wear dress days are noted on the monthly calendar. On Pride Wear Days, students are allowed to wear “Pride Wear” which is school produced logo wear clothing items in lieu of uniform items. This may include shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and shorts. Students may also wear CYO sports uniforms which have the OLL logo. Students may wear a complete outfit of Pride Wear (for example – shorts, shirt and sweatshirt) or choose to wear only a single piece of Pride Wear with the remainder of the daily uniform (for example, Pride Wear sweatshirt, uniform shirt and uniform pants). Pride Wear Dress Days are not Free Dress Days. Students not wearing Pride Wear on Pride Wear Days should wear the daily school uniform. Jeans are not appropriate attire during Pride Wear days nor is green and gold clothing items. Pride Wear is sold several times a year. It can be purchased at: www.ollspirit.com.
Clothing appropriate to the weather, the sport being taught, or per the teacher’s instruction should be brought to school on P.E. days. Students should wear the following to P.E. Class:
- Athletic shorts or sweatpants
- T-shirts with sleeves (must be in compliance with Free Dress code)
- Tennis shoes and socks
- Uniform sweatshirts can be worn on cold days
Other Grooming and Dress Code Issues
- Hair: For both boys and girls, only natural hair colors are allowed. No unnatural colors, bleached blonde, colored gels or other applications. Boy’s hair should be no longer than their shirt collars. Any cut, color or style considered distracting by the administration is not allowed.
- Hair Decorations: The Uniform Store sells a scrunchie and headband in Rampart Plaid. Other types of hair decorations are also allowed unless they are large or distracting in which case they are not allowed.
- Jewelry: Religious medals and watches are allowed, but must be removed during P.E. Students may wear small hoop or post earrings, one earring per ear only. No other jewelry may be worn.
- Makeup: No makeup is allowed. This restriction applies to all school days, school functions and tournaments.
- Nail Polish: Only clear nail polish is allowed. No other nail colors or coverings may be worn. This restriction applies to all school days, school functions and tournaments.
- Tattoos: No visible tattoos are allowed – temporary or permanent. This restriction applies to all school days, school functions and tournaments.