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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Appropriate Dress Code Policy
 
Clothing
​Details
Plain white or plain navy tops include:
Short and long-sleeved t-shirts, short and long-sleeve golf shirts, dress shirts, blouses, turtle necks, hoodies, vests, cardigans, sweaters or sweatshirts​
  • Sleeves required
  • With or without collars
  • No visible labels, logos, contrasting colours, coloured buttons, coloured stitching, stripes, words, pictures or detailing​
Plain navy blue bottoms include:
Pants, shorts, skorts, skirts, tunic dress, dress, capri/cargo pants, track, athletic and yoga pants​
  • Walking/athletic shorts are to be mid-thigh or longer
  • Skorts are skirts with shorts sewn inside
  • Cargo pants are ¾ length pants or full length pants that the bottoms can be zipped off (or rolled up) to make them into shorts
  • Track pants: with tight elastic bottoms or loose open bottoms
  • Skirts & tunic dresses should be modest length (knee or slightly above knee)
  • Wearing shorts underneath skirts and dresses is recommended but not required
  • Tunic dresses are solid plain navy blue and worn with plain white or plain navy tops underneath
  • No visible labels, logos, contrasting colours, coloured buttons, coloured stitching, stripes, words, pictures or detailing​
Other clothing items include:
  • Tights, socks and leggings
  • Shoes
  • Belts
  • Clothing accessories​
  • Girls’ tights can be plain white or plain navy blue
  • Socks (that are visible) can be solid white or solid navy blue
  • Leggings can be solid white or solid navy blue and are permitted under skirts and dresses, and under tops to mid thigh for all ages. Girls from JK-3 are permitted to also wear leggings as pants.
  • Shoes should be suitable for recess, gym and physical activity – running shoes are recommended, secure sandals when weather appropriate
  • Belts are optional. Belts can be plain black or navy blue
    Over-garments are to be plain white, navy blue or plain white
    Clothing accessories should be plain navy or white​
What is Not Included / What Not to Wear
  • Denim/jeans (as mandated by TCDSB)
  • Hats and sunglasses are only to be worn outdoors (outdoor wear)
  • Flip flops and slip on sandals without straps are not recommended
  • Mini-skirts, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, muscle shirts, t-shirts with writing
  • Clothing with tears/holes
  • Oversized clothing (shirts to the knee, pants hanging low and off the waist)
  • Undergarments must not be visible
Other Details
  • St. John Spirit Wear (crested clothing with St John logo) is permitted to wear on any day.
  • The only requirement for Physical Education (PE) class is that garments be navy and/or white. It is mandatory to change for Grades 4-8 for PE class.
    • Footwear for Physical Education includes non-slip, non-marking soles.
  • There is no dress code requirement for student outerwear including outdoor sweaters, jackets, snow pants, hats, gloves, and sunglasses.
  • St. John Spirit Wear (crested) items will be available for purchase from time to time through CSAC initiatives.
  • It is recommended that parents / families label all clothing pieces clearly.
Dress Down Days
During the year, dress-down or non-dress code days will be planned. These days will be announced (i.e in the Week at a Glance / “The SCOOP”) throughout the year, so parents and students can be prepared. Students have the option of wearing the dress code or regular clothes, which may include coloured clothing, denim/jeans, and logos. All other guidelines for what is not included should be followed. Students should be modestly dressed in keeping with our Catholic values.
 

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.