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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Dress code : All students at St. Nicholas of Bari
 
Since September 2011, St. Nicholas of Bari, in accordance with Board policy, has adopted a dress code. The Appropriate Dress Code consists of any combination of white and navy blue garments (e.g. plain white top, navy blue bottom or, navy blue top and bottom, no denim).
 
 In keeping with our commitment to reflect Christian values in our day-to-day lives and to abide by the social teaching of the Church and our own Mission and Vision Statement, the Toronto Catholic District School Board has implemented a Sweatshop-Free Purchasing Policy. This requires that all vendors provide assurances that the manufacturing of apparel is in keeping with the provisions and procurement requirements of the Suppliers Fair Labour Practices Agreement.
 
A list of school apparel suppliers who have declared compliance with our policy, is available on our website at:
 
 
 If you have any comments regarding the Appropriate Dress Code Initiative, please direct them to DressCode@tcdsb.org.  Your comments will be forwarded to the Appropriate Dress Code Central Committee for consideration.
 
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
 
 
1. What are the noted advantages of the Appropriate Dress Code?
 
*There are many noted advantages to implementing an Appropriate Dress Code.
a. Promotes school safety.
b. Promotes inclusiveness and equality and helps to reduce social conflict.
c. Encourages students to focus on academics rather than their wardrobe.
d. Promotes the Catholic school identity.
e. Simplifies morning routine for students and parents.
f.  Is economical, gives parents choice and flexibility.
g. Provides consistency in dress code policy at the elementary secondary level.
h. Eases transition from elementary school to secondary school as students will already be accustomed to the uniformity of dress.
 
 
2. Why is the direction to adopt an Appropriate Dress Code rather than a Uniform?
 
*An Appropriate Dress Code was selected over the Uniform Dress Code due to the lower cost, greater retail availability and greater choice and flexibility. (If a school community is interested in a Uniform Dress Code, this option is available at the local school level.)
 
 
3. What garments may students wear?
 
Dress items could include the following: shorts, skorts, skirts, dresses, pants, cargo/capri pants, golf shirts, blouses, dress shirts, T-shirts.
 
 
4. What consideration is given to families who might feel financially burdened by this initiative?
 
TCDSB is sensitive to the financial needs of families. A major advantage of the Appropriate Dress Code is that the clothing is economical. The decision to opt for an Appropriate rather than Uniform Dress Code in the elementary panel is largely the result of its cost-effectiveness. Enabling families to purchase the navy blue and white garments at any retailer (rather than specifying a supplier), provides families with choice and flexibility. Parents and staff at TCDSB elementary schools with an Appropriate Dress Code have affirmed the cost savings of this approach and that the appropriate dress items help to unify rather than distinguish students of different socio-economic backgrounds. Members of these schools have also shared
a number of strategies to further support families:
 
• Organize gently used clothing exchanges by collecting appropriate dress items from a partnering school or older students.
• Explore arrangements with local suppliers and retailers.
 

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