Dress Code

Heartland Christian School is an extension of the Christian home. It is the parents’ God-given responsibility to care for the adornment and decorum of their children, teaching and enforcing Godly dress. It is important that the school standards for clothing and general appearance reflect the mission of our school. It is our prayer that you will have Godly discernment as you and your child select clothes in live with the school’s guidelines. We do expect a willing spirit of cooperation from students and parents, and the Administration reserves the right to make the final decision in matters of judgment.

A Proper Self Image

Since human beings are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27), we need to see ourselves as He sees us. Our outward appearance is a reflection of the way we view ourselves and how we think God sees us. We want our students to understand that they are valuable because God created them, not because they are physically attractive to the opposite sex.

Safety

Some of the dress code is a result of concern for our students’ safety at school and school activities.


Elementary Dress Code

Regulations

  1.    Clothing
    • Clothing should be clean, neat, modest, appropriate and of good repair.
    • Clothing should be appropriately sized-not too small and not too large.
    • Shoulders to mid-thigh covered at all times (no sleeveless tops)
    • All clothing should cover the chest area, midriff and all undergarments.
    • If form-fitting pants or form-fitting shorts are worn, the rear end must be covered by an appropriate top or dress.
    • Shorts or leggings must be worn under skirts or dresses.
  2. Shoes
    • Appropriate shoes are important for various activities.  Flip flops are not appropriate for P.E. or recess for safety reasons.  Students will be expected to bring tennis shoes for those activities.  If the student’s flip flops become a distraction in the classroom (sometimes it’s hard to keep them on and not play with them), the teacher may ask the student to change them.
  3. Hair.
    • Hair is to be neat, clean, combed and not covering the face.
    • Boys may have no facial hair.
    • Boys must keep hair shorter than eye-brows, above the collar, and mid-ear on the side.
    • No extreme or eccentric style or unnatural coloring.
  4. Jewelry
    • Students may wear modest jewelry including: rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
    • Boys are not permitted to wear earrings and ear gauges are not allowed for anyone.
    • Students will be asked to remove inappropriate jewelry.
  5.    Swimsuits
    • If swimsuits are worn for any school function, they need to be modest.
    • Boys may not wear tight fitting suits.
    • Girls may wear tankinis (no midriffs showing) or a modest one-piece suit.
    • from the floor when kneeling. Slits may be no higher than 3 inches above the knee.
    • Tight-fitting skirts and dresses are not permitted.
    • The bodice of the dress must follow the guidelines for tops, and appropriate undergarments must be worn.
    • Elementary students must wear shorts or leggings under skirts or dresses (due to recess and P.E.)
  6.    Shoes
    • Appropriate shoes are important for various activities. Flip flops are not appropriate for P.E. or recess for safety reasons. Students will be expected to bring tennis shoes for those activities. If the student’s flip flops become a distraction in the classroom (sometimes it’s hard to keep them on and not play with them), the teacher may ask the student to change them.
  7.    Make-Up
    • Girls may wear light make-up.
    • Boys are not to wear make-up.
  8.    Hair
    • Hair is to be neat, clean, combed, and not covering the face.
    • Boys may have no facial hair.
    • Boys must keep hair shorter than eye-brows, above the collar, and mid-ear on the side.
    • No extreme or eccentric style or coloring.
  9.    Jewelry
    • Students may wear modest jewelry including: rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings (girls only).
    • Students will be asked to remove inappropriate jewelry.
  10.    Tattoos and Body Piercing
    • Visible tattoos are not permitted.
    • Body piercings are not permitted at school or any school functions.
  11.    Swimsuits
    • If swimsuits are worn for any school function, they need to be modest.
    • Boy swim trunks must abide by the 5-inch rule for dress code.(no tight fitting).
    • Girls may wear tankinis or a modest one-piece suit.
    • Midriffs may not be showing.

***Disclaimer: This dress code applies to every-day school wear and is subject to administration discretion.


Secondary Dress Code

The HCS Secondary dress code is designed to serve as a guide to students and their parents/guardians on the proper attire for our secondary students.  Knowing how to present oneself properly within the school community prepares students for future professional environments.  Therefore, secondary students will be held to a higher standard than elementary.

Regulations

  1. Tops/Shirts
    • Acceptable tops include blouses (for girls), collared shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, turtlenecks and sweaters.  
    • All styles of shirts are to be neat, modest in appearance, and in good repair.
    • Tops should be of a fit and fabric that do not reveal undergarments.
    • Tight fitting tops are NOT permitted.
    • If any part of the midriff shows when the arms are raised fully above the head, or the student is leaning over, then the top it too short.
    • If any cleavage shows, the top is too low.
    • If a teacher or administrator determines a shirt needs to be tucked in, the student is expected to respectfully comply.
    • No Sleeveless tops
    • No inappropriate slogans (Any article of clothing, including Christian apparel, that initially seems to advertise a message contrary to the mission and purpose of Heartland Christian School may not be worn: i.e. “B-wiser” t-shirt with the Budweiser look).
  2. Pants/Shorts
    • Pants, jeans, and capris in good repair (no holes or tears) that present a neat, well-groomed, professional appearance, are acceptable.
    • Shorts may be worn, but must follow the 5-inch rule (when kneeling, the shorts may be no shorter than 5 inches from the floor).
    • Students may wear cargo or dress shorts (no athletic shorts allowed).
    • Leggings are acceptable; however, they may not be of see-through fabric, and they must have the following over them: shorts, skort, skirt, or dress.
    • If wearing leggings with shorts or a skort, it must follow the 5-inch rule.
    • If wearing leggings with a skirt, or dress, it must follow the 3-inch rule (when kneeling, the skirt, or dress may be no shorter than 3 inches from the floor).
    • No oversized, baggy, tight-fitting (skin tight), frayed, extra-long pants, or jeans that drag on the floor will be permitted.
    • Sweat pants, wind pants, and athletic pants/shorts are not permitted.
  3. Dresses/Skirts
    • Dresses must be no shorter than 3 inches from the floor when kneeling. Slits may be no higher than 3 inches above the knee.
    • Tight-fitting skirts and dresses are not permitted.
    • The bodice of the dress must follow the guidelines for tops, and appropriate undergarments must be worn.
  4. Shoes
    • Appropriate shoes are important for various activities. Flip flops are not appropriate for P.E. for safety reasons. Students will be expected to bring tennis shoes for those activities.
  5. Make-Up
    • Girls may wear light make-up.
    • Boys are not to wear make-up.
  6.    Hair
    • Hair is to be neat, clean, combed, and not covering the face.
    • Boys may have no facial hair.
    • Boys must keep hair shorter than eye-brows, above the collar, and mid-ear on the side.
    • No extreme or eccentric style or unnatural coloring.
  7.    Jewelry
    • Students may wear modest jewelry including: rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
    • Boys are not permitted to wear earrings and ear gauges are not allowed for anyone.
    • Students will be asked to remove inappropriate jewelry.
  8.    Tattoos and Body Piercing
    • Visible tattoos are not permitted.
    • Facial and body piercings are not permitted at school or any school functions.
  9.    Swimsuits
    • If swimsuits are worn for any school function, they need to be modest.
    • Boy swim trunks must abide by the 5-inch rule for dress code. (no tight fitting).
    • Girls may wear tankinis (no midriffs showing) or a modest one-piece suit.

***Disclaimer: This dress code applies to every-day school wear and is subject to administration discretion.

  1. Boys’ Dress Code
    • Boys will wear dress pants or dress khakis with a belt.
    • Dress socks, and nice shoes or boots must be worn.
    • A sweater, a collared shirt or turtleneck is permitted.
    • No denim clothing of any kind nor t-shirts are permitted.
  2. Girls’ Dress Code
    • Girls will wear a dress, skirt, or dress pants with a top or sweater that follows the dress code requirements.

PROM DRESS CODE

Prom Dress will be addressed separately by the board on a year-by-year basis.

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