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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Dress code : All students at St. Norbert

  

Since September 2011, St. Norbert, 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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 DRESS CODE

All students are expected to come to school appropriately dressed and in a manner that reflects the aims and atmosphere of a Catholic school. St Norbert School will be adopting a BLUE AND WHITE DRESS CODE.
Students are asked to adhere to the following:
Items Permitted: Tops (White or Navy Solid Colour): polo shirts (short/long sleeves), turtleneck/mock neck, oxford shirts, t-shirt with sleeves, hooded sweat tops, vests and cardigans
Pants/Bottoms (Navy Solid Colour): khaki or cargo pants, dress pants, track pants, skirts, skorts, bermuda /walking shorts, and capris.
Shoes: running shoes, non-marking rubber soled shoes, and dress shoes.

NOT PERMITED: Clothing with Logos and designs of any kind, tank tops, denim clothing/jeans or “short shorts”.
A FEW REMINDERS:
*When boots are worn to school in cold or wet weather, a pair of shoes must be worn inside the school. In addition, all students should have a pair of indoor shoes for the winter season.
*Makeup is discouraged in elementary school
*When take physical education classes, children are encouraged to dress in T-shirts, Runners and shorts or track pants.
*No hats or other headwear is allowed inside the school.
*If it is deemed by the school that a student is not dressed in a proper manner, parents will be notified.
 
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.