Dress Code

Overview

Dress Code

Students are to be in uniform in all areas of the campus while in the classroom and on lunch, free periods or in assemblies. Students must wear their uniforms during finals review, finals, and Saturday School. Regular and random dress code checks will be conducted during the school year. 

Respect for oneself and others is also shown through personal appearance and neatness. All students are expected to reflect pride in themselves and in the school by following the uniform policies. If the article of clothing is not listed below, it is not acceptable to wear to school:

Everyday Uniform

  • Red or White SF polo (can be short or long sleeve)
  • SF Cardigan, sweater, or vest 
  • Fleece jacket, or sweatshirt
  • Khaki pants, or
  • SF checkered box pleat skirt
  • Socks, tights or leggings

*see handbook for specific regulations

Formal Uniform

  • SF Blue Blazer w/ Oxford and red sweater or vest (Mandatory class of 2018, 2019, and 2020, recommended for Class of 2017) 
  • SF Checkered box pleat skirt. 
  • White button-down Oxford short or long sleeve shirt with a collar (Must not hang below the sweater. Mandatory for all classes.)
  • SF red sweater, or vest. 
  • Solid black tights or leggings may be worn. 
  • Socks must be solid white. 
  • No layering with non-formal uniform items during gatherings on formal uniform days. 
  • No hat, scarves, fleece, or jackets. 
  • No UGG style boots, Crocs, or tennis shoes 

*see handbook for specific regulations

Special Event & Free Dress

Special Event Dress Code 

  • Awards Assembly & Farewell Mass/Honor Guard: The same rules apply for “Dress Code/Open Dances” and seniors are encouraged to wear “Sunday Best” and must adhere to the dress code policy. 
  • Baccalaureate and Graduation: The same rules apply for “Dress Code/Open Dances”; however, light-colored garment must be worn under the white graduation gown. 

Friday Dress Code: 

On Fridays, students may wear St. Francis t-shirts, sweatshirts or jackets that are school, sport or club-related. They may be worn with the school skirt. These shirts must have been approved by the Student Life Council. 

Free Dress / Modified Dress Days:

There are occasional “Free dress or modified dress days” during spirit week, retreats, and special fundraisers for charities. Students may wear: 

  • St. Francis logo sweats or St Francis logo team warm up pants.
  • St. Francis t-shirts, sweatshirts or jackets that are school, sport or club related.
  • Personal shirts/pants/jeans/shorts/skirts/dresses in accordance with dress code and open dance rules.
  • Shoes with backs are required. Students may not wear:
  • Shorts / skirts / dresses / rompers / shorts. The length must be no more than three (3) inches above the knees. Note: Leggings do not change the length rule.
  • Torn, soiled or ragged clothing.
  • Pajamas, yoga pants, leggings, or jeggings (as pants).
  • Tops that expose the stomach, back or chest: strapless or tube tops, halter tops, tops that begin below the shoulder blades, tops that plunge too deeply, tops with straps less than one (1) inch wide
  • Clothing will not be excessively tight. and must fit properly.
  • Clothing that sags, bags, or is low-cut that exposes undergarments or excessive skin
  • Tops and bottoms must overlap.
  • Clothing with references to alcohol, sex, drugs, racist or sexist sayings.
  • Clothing containing objectionable references, symbols, words, advertising or propaganda that is against the philosophy of St. Francis is not permitted at any time.

Dances

Open Dances

Students wearing the following will not be admitted to dances:

  • Skirts, dresses, rompers, or shorts that are too short. The length must be no more than three (3) inches above the knees. Note: Leggings do not change the length rule.
  • Tops that expose the stomach, back or chest: strapless or tube tops, halter tops, tops that begin below the shoulder blades, tops that plunge too deeply, tops with straps less than one (1) inch wide.
  • Clothing with references to alcohol, sex, drugs, racist or sexist sayings.
  • Clothing that sags, bags, or is low-cut that exposes undergarments or excessive skin.
  • Clothing that is excessively tight; no body con, ruched dresses, or spandex.
  • Hand-decorated clothing (tops with slogans/sayings painted or printed onto a shirt.)
  • Glow, strobe, flashing, or light accessories of any kind.
  • Removal of clothing revealing any of the above.
  • Clothing containing objectionable references, symbols, words, advertising or propaganda that is against the philosophy of St. Francis is not permitted at any time.

Date Dances

  • Girls should wear semi-formal wear to Homecoming and formal wear to Junior Prom and Senior Ball.
  • Dresses must be no more than three (3) inches above the knees.
  • Girls may wear a strapless dress; however, no skin may be exposed on the stomach, back or chest. 
  • The male dates for semi-formal dances should wear dress shirts, dress pants or Docker-style pants.
  • The male date for formal dances should wear a tuxedo or a suit and tie.
  • All other rules as stated under open dance dress code will be enforced. 

Appropriate dress is determined by school staff. Class level Dinner-Dances have modified Dress Codes specific to each dance. See bids and dance information for specific details.

Additional Guidelines Regarding Appearance

  • Hair: Dyeing, bleaching, or tinting hair to an unnatural color or having severely contrasting colors is not permitted. Extreme hairstyles are not permitted. (This includes partially or fully shaved heads, or razor cut styles.)
  • Hats: Hats, caps, or sweatshirt hoods are not to be worn in class. Hats, caps, and hoods may be worn outside. • Sunglasses: Sunglasses may not be worn indoors.
  • Piercing: Body piercing other than the ears is not permitted (e.g. nose, gauges and eyebrow rings, no band-aids covering the piercings).
  • Jewelry: Jewelry should be limited and in good taste. Decorations are not to be sewn on or attached to the uniform. The administration has the final decision regarding appropriateness of jewelry worn.
  • Tattoos: Permanent or temporary tattoos, are not permitted. (Henna with Dean/pre-Administration approval only). 

Any student with questions about dress code is invited to visit the Dean of Students office for clarification of details or to show the office an outfit or hair for approval.