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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Dress Code
(please refer to the student handbook for updates)
 
Students are expected to wear the complete James Cardinal McGuigan uniform properly and in good order each day. Students failing to abide by the uniform dress code will be subject to disciplinary action as a result. Parents are encouraged to assist students in recognizing the value of dressing appropriately when attending school. Please refer to the Student Agenda Book or contact the Main Office for a complete description of the school uniform.
  
 
SCHOOL UNIFORM (regular) 
The Cardinal McGuigan uniform was designed by the staff and students in consultation with our parent community to give a unique school image, a sense of collective identity and a standard of grooming and dress which reflect Christian values and employment readiness.  The dress code applies during the entire school year, including examination weeks.
Students must abide by this code at all times while in the building including study periods and lunch hours, as well as during all school sponsored events unless otherwise specified.
We ask the parents to please help in enforcing our standards for respectable grooming habits and for maintaining the compulsory uniform requirements.
 
The McGuigan uniform consists of
 
• KILT: the length of the kilt from the middle of the knee, must be no higher than the width of the student agenda book (approx. 13 cm.) (Purchased from McCarthy's only) 

• BLACK DRESS PANTS: no black jeans, stretch or flared pants (Purchased from McCarthy's only)

• WHITE SHIRT: must be a plain, collared shirt type, buttoned front, long or short sleeves NO face, silk, frills, embroidery or patterns, fancy collars or sleeves must be tucked into the waistband of the kilt/pants, not with turtleneck

• TURTLENECK: plain white, must be tucked in the waistband of kilt/pants

• VEST/SWEATER: maroon with insignia no other sweater is to be worn (purchased from McCarthy's only)

• ZIP POLO: (Sweat Shirt) navy blue with insignia tie not required no other sweater is to be worn (purchased from McCarthy's only)

• KNEE SOCKS TIGHTS: black only WITH KILT no patterned socks, nylons or thigh highs socks or tights not both

• SHOES: must be plain black (sole and heel completely black), no other colours, no patterns or insignias, low cut (below the ankle), not open at the toe or heel, low heeled (maximum 3 cm)

• TIE: maroon school tie only

Other Personal Items
• Jewellery and hair should be in keeping with the tone and purpose of the school uniform.
• Nose jewelry should only be a simple stud.
• Anything worn underneath for warmth should not be seen through nor around the uniform.
• Head coverings of any kind are not part of the school uniform. This includes sun glasses, hats, bandanas, large head bands, ear warmers  
 
 
SCHOOL UNIFORM (summer)
SHORT SLEEVE POLO SHIRT: with insignia (purchased from school) may be worn from May 1 to September 30 in combination with other summer uniform items 
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: The Physical Education uniform is to be worn as specified by the UNIFORM Physical Education Department 

SPECIAL NOTES
If changing is required for Physical Education, Art, or Drama classes, the regular school uniform must be worn to the designated changing area. Any change will be made at that location. Students are not to change in the hallways.
 
OUT OF UNIFORM
If a student is not in complete uniform, a violation slip must be picked up in the main office prior to class. If there is a reason, then a note of explanation signed by a parent/guardian must be handed in. Home will be contacted about students out of uniform and repeated occurrences will be viewed as opposition to authority and may result in suspension.

Jeans (black or blue) should never be worn as a substitute for uniform items.

Dress Code in TCDSB Schools

 
All Elementary schools within the jurisdiction of the Board shall adopt an Appropriate Dress Code or Uniform Dress Code.

All Secondary schools within the jurisdiction of the Board shall adopt a Uniform Dress Code.
 
Parents are encouraged to review the local dress code at their child’s school and to direct their questions to the principal of the school.