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Toronto Catholic District School Board

LOCAL DRESS CODE
 
Requirements of the appropriate dress code are: the wearing any combination of solid navy and solid white. At all times clothing must be neat, modest, and suitable for a Catholic school environment.
 
Below, please find a guideline to assist you when purchasing articles of clothing for your children:
 
TOPS – Solid White or Solid Navy Blue
Solid White or Solid Navy Blue Collared Polo/Golf Shirt
Solid White Collared Dress Shirt/Blouses
Long or Short Sleeved Solid White Turtlenecks in Winter
Solid Navy or Solid White Sweater, Vest or Pull-Over
 
BOTTOMS - Solid Navy Blue
Solid Navy Dress Pants or Cotton Pants
Solid Navy Walking Shorts
Solid Navy Skorts or Capri Pants for Girls
(No Jeans, Yoga Pants, Jeggings, Tights etc.)
 
Please remember that all tops and pants are to be plain with no visible logos, stripes, etc. We encourage all students to “Catch the Spirit”.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
  
Students who fail to comply with appropriate dress code will be disciplined. This may include the providing of more suitable attire, a note in the agenda, phone call to the parent, or removal of the questionable item (such as studded or chain items). Remember, the school is a workplace and the children are to dress accordingly. Each classroom teacher will outline his/her requirements regarding gym attire and students are to be prepared by bringing the items to school with them as required.
 
Proper footwear is the minimum requirement in the gymnasium. Jewellery should be removed for gym activity as it can be a safety issue. Physical Education is a component of the curriculum and is not optional. This includes 20 minutes of Daily Physical Activity and students should be prepared to be active each and every day!
 Indoor shoes are also required to help maintain cleanliness throughout the classrooms. During the winter months, the wearing of socks or boots all day is neither healthy nor safe. In the event of an evacuation there will not be time to put on shoes nor is it safe to travel through the building or on the stairs in socks.
 
 
DRESS CODE for Civvies Days
 
All students are expected to come to school appropriately dressed; that is, neat, clean and in a manner that reflects the aims and atmosphere of a Catholic school.
 
Appropriate dress includes mid thigh length shorts, sayings and pictures on clothing that promote a positive attitude, and other clothing that helps to create an environment for academic learning.  Clothing that does not reflect modesty is not allowed, (e.g. T-shirts with sexual connotations, inappropriate slogans, halter tops, short tops that expose the midriff, spaghetti straps, tube tops, short shorts, hats in the building, muscle shirts for boys and bandanas). Shorts and pants need to be hemmed (tears are not permitted).  Bandanas and other gang paraphernalia are strictly prohibited.  Students are asked to take pride in their personal appearance.  It is the parent’s duty and responsibility to ensure that each child is suitably attired.  The principal may exercise discretion to allow exceptions to the School Dress Code.  Parents may be contacted and in some cases may be required to pick up their child if their manner of dress is not appropriate.
 
 
 
 SEPTEMBER 2018
The following dress code will be implemented as the OLS Local Dress Code, effective September 2018. In an effort to allow families to use their previous purchased clothing, articles with discrete logos will be grandfathered until June 2019.
OLS Local Dress Code
Local Dress Code
Tops:
              I.    SOLID navy blue or white, short or long sleeves, collared or non-collared are acceptable
            II.    Sweaters, sweatshirts and hoodies must also be SOLID navy blue or white
           III.    No stripes, patterns, branding or visible logos
          IV.    Sleeveless tops are not permitted
            V.    All Spirit Wear and OLS team apparel are acceptable
Bottoms:
              I.    SOLID navy blue bottoms are required, no denim
            II.    ‘Athleisure’ wear is allowed, including opaque leggings, jogging pants   and yoga pants
           III.    SOLID navy blue or white shorts, dresses, skirts and jumpers are allowed
          IV.    No stripes, patterns, branding or visible logos
            V.    All Spirit Wear and OLS team apparel are acceptable
 
Civvies Day
All students are expected to come to school appropriately dressed; that is, neat, clean and in a manner that reflects the aims and atmosphere of a Catholic school. Please refer to the Principles of Modesty for more guidelines.
 
Principles of Modesty
Since students may be attending Church on any given day, and in keeping with the Policy, appropriate dress includes;
·        Mid-thigh length shorts
·        On Civvies days, clothing with slogans and pictures should promote a positive attitude
·        All clothing should help to create an environment for academic learning
·        Clothing that does not reflect modesty is not allowed, (e.g. T-shirts with sexual connotations or inappropriate slogans, sleeveless tops, and tops that expose the midriff, or low-riding pants)
·        Logos and branding may act as a point of differentiation of status. In keeping with Catholic values, students are reminded to be mindful of respecting their peers and strive to dress in a manner that promotes equality through the absence of branding and logos.
 
 
Monitoring the Local Dress Code
 
 
With the support of the teachers, Administration will monitor the adherence to the Local Dress Code in a progressive manner, which may include:
·        Verbal warning,
·        Written notice, and/or
·        Progressive Discipline
All final decisions related to the application of the Local Dress Code are at the discretion of the Administration of the school.
 
Previously loved clothing, that is in good repair, and adheres to the Local Dress Code, may be donated to the school (dropped off at the Office) throughout the year.  Families will be able to contact the school to acquire these items if there is a need.
As per the SAFE SCHOOLS: DRESS CODE FOR PUPILS POLICY S.S.07, the Local Dress Code is subject to review every five years. The Policy can be reviewed in full with the following link:
Approved by CSPC Elected Council on April 9, 2018.

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.