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 line 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.
Some of the dress code is a result of concern for our students’ safety at school and school activities.
A. Tops (i.e. shirts)
1. What is Acceptable
Collared shirts for boys, blouses for girls, t-shirts (which are not styled to be worn as undershirts), sweaters, sweatshirts, and turtlenecks are acceptable. 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 is too short. If any cleavage shows, the top is too low. If a teacher or administrator determines a shirt needs to tucked in, the student is expected to respectfully comply.
2. No Sleeveless
Although some sleeveless shirts are modest, others are not. In order to avoid the uncomfortable situation in which a judgment call (which may be perceived as unfair) regarding a shirt must be made by the teacher and/or administrator, no sleeveless shirts or tank tops are permitted. (Exception: when participating in sporting activities)
3. Slogans
Any article of clothing (including Christian apparel) that initially seems to advertise a message contrary to the mission and purpose of HCS may not be worn (example: “B-wiser” t-shirt with the Budweiser look).
B. Pants
1. What is Acceptable
Students may wear pants, jeans, and capris that are in good repair (no holes or tears) and present a neat, well-groomed, professional appearance. Students may wear shorts to school, but when kneeling, they may be no shorter than 5 inches from the floor. Leggings are acceptable; however, they may not be of see-through fabric, and they must have shorts, or skort over them that follow the dress-code 5 inch rule. When wearing leggins with a shirt, skirt or dress over your leggings you must follow the 3 inch dress rule.
2. What is Unacceptable
No oversize, baggy, tight-fitting (skin-tight), frayed, extra long pants, or jeans that drag on the floor will be permitted. Secondary students: sweat pants, wind pants, and athletic pants are not permitted.
C. 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. Elementary students must wear shorts or leggings under skirts or dresses, due to recess and P.E.
D. 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.
E. Make-Up
Girls may wear light make-up. Boys are not to wear make-up.
F. 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.
G. Jewelry
Students may wear modest jewelry including: rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings (girls only). Students will be asked to remove inappropriate jewelry.
H. Tattoos and Body Piercing
Visible tattoos are not permitted. Body piercings are not permitted at school or any school functions.
I. 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. Girls may wear tankinis or a modest one-piece suit. Midriffs may not be showing. If a bikini is worn, it must be completely covered by a dark colored t-shirt.
***Disclaimer: This dress code applies to every-day school wear and is subject to administration discretion.
Programs and Banquets
1. Boys’ Dress
Boys will wear dress pants or dress khakis with a belt. A collared shirt, dress socks, and dress shoes or boots must be worn as well. A sweater with a collared shirt or turtleneck is also permitted. No denim clothing of any kind, nor t-shirts, or tennis shoes are permitted.
2. Girls’ Dress
Girls will wear a dress, skirt, or dress pants with a top or sweater that follows the dress code requirements. A tank-style dress is permitted as long as no undergarments are showing. No t-shirts or tennis shoes are permitted on dress-up day. Dress shoes or dress sandals are permitted only.
***The teacher may require a costume or other clothing requirements dependent upon the occasion.
• All regulations apply to all school activities.
• If something is “borderline”, the student may receive a warning not to wear that particular article again and/or the parent may be required to bring appropriate clothing before the student may return to class.
• For infractions of the dress code for Preschool through 12th Grade:
1st Offense A verbal warning to the student and parents, through through a note, phone call, or in person, the day of The infraction.
2nd Offense A conference with parents, teacher, and administrator.
3rd Offense Student will be dismissed from school to change into clothes fitting the dress code requirements. An unexcused absence will be given for the time they are absent from class.
4th Offense A conference with parents, teacher, administrator, and school board to decide on appropriate consequence for the continued infraction of the rules.
An offense will be considered any infraction in a single 9-week grading period. A second violation of the dress code in the same 9-weeks would constitute a second offense, etc. In the spirit of grace, each student will begin each 9-week period with no violations unless otherwise determined by the school board. The dress code for field trips and extra-curricular activities may be established by the teachers (subject to administrative approval), if required to be different than normal for the activity.

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