DRESS CODE

Students and parents should understand that this dress code is intended to protect the hearts, minds, and eyes of our students and staff during their day together. When it comes to the subject of modest clothing, the first question we should ask ourselves is: What am I trying to accomplish by what I wear? Above all, modesty is ultimately a reflection of the heart. Our outer appearance should reflect the inner reality of our relationship with Jesus Christ and our desire to honor Him. Immodesty can stem from an obsession with self, the intention to be noticed, lack of consideration for others, and/or lack of self-control and self-esteem. Furthermore, as Christians, we are under the watchful eye of our unbelieving neighbors and should be set apart, not out of a self-righteousness, but out of a love for others and Christ. 1 Peter 2:12 states, "Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.”

Students violating the dress code may be given a warning, have their parents contacted to remedy the situation, or be required to wear school supplied over-clothing at the sole discretion of the school principal. FCS students are expected to dress modestly and appropriately at all home and away FCS activities. Students and parents should be careful to submit to the opinions of FCS staff as they are expected by administration to maintain an edifying learning environment that supports FCS’s mission, vision, and philosophy of education. Thank you for submitting to FCS’s dress code policy. Parental support is also a necessary element in training children to learn to submit to authority in situations that may not fit their personal style of dress, such as in the workplace.


For all the above reasons and those that follow, FCS has a dress code:

To focus on learning

To encourage virtues like humility, simplicity, and respect for others

To discourage vices like pride, materialism, and sensuality

To remind students of the seriousness of scholarly work. The dress code begins the process of learning to honor guidelines for work attire that may be different from your own preferences. Research shows that higher standards of dress increase achievement. 

To help create a sense of community and unity on campus

To develop a modest way of life

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

Students are to be cleanly dressed, groomed well, and show healthy hygiene.

No pictures, symbols, patterns, or sparkles or any writing on any items.

Small logos on shirts, pants and socks, less than one inch (about the size of a US quarter), are acceptable.

Students should not expect to use tape to cover anything that does not follow the dress code. It follows the dress code or it shouldn’t be worn. 

Clothing must be in good condition without stains, holes or frayed edges.

Careful attention should be paid by both boys and girls that shirts and pants not be revealing when lifting, sitting, or bending over. 

Undergarments are not to show, nor are midriffs. Belts should be worn as needed to prevent this.

Clothing should not be revealing or so tight that it clearly reveals/accentuates a student’s body features.

Any body piercing (with the exception of 2 piercings per ear for girls) should not be displayed at school or any school events.

Sunglasses are not to be worn indoors nor are hats, bandannas and hoods, except in preparation to go outdoors.

Tattoos and drawing on oneself are not permitted.

Nail polish may be worn without decorations or pictures. Neon, sparkles, and black are not allowed.

For both boys and girls, extreme hair fads, colors and styles are not permitted including anything deemed detracting from the learning environment, such as afros, mohawks, long spikes, and others as deemed necessary.

As available, Faith Christian School clothing is encouraged.

 

SHIRTS (BOYS & GIRLS):

 Students are free to wear any solid colors, stripes, polka dots, flowers, and plaids. No other patterns are allowed. Some examples of unacceptable patterns are animal-skin patterns, camouflage, tie dye, or gradients from one color to another. 

 Spaghetti straps and sleeveless shirts are not allowed.

 

PANTS/SHORTS:

Solid-colored khaki and cargo pants are acceptable, but gathered-legged jogging style pants are not allowed.

Dark, navy colored or black jeans without ornamentation are allowed as long as they are solid colored. No faded colors are allowed. 

Solid or solid with stripes athletic pants are allowed for students in grades 4K-6 only. 

On warm days, shorts may be worn but should be no shorter that the top of the knee when standing. Typically, shorts will be allowed in August, September and May. Any special changes will be made by the principal based on especially hot weather forecasts, if needed.

 

SHOES:

Solid-colored closed-toed shoes are allowed. Snow boots should not be worn during class. 

Athletic shoes are allowed, but flashy styles should try to be avoided. 

No flip flops, sandals, or high heels. 

No neon, sparkles or jewels are allowed.

Shoes must be tied at all times. 

 

SOCKS:

1. White or black socks are allowed. 

 

GIRLS ONLY:

Dresses and skirts are allowed but must be top of the knee length or longer. 

Knit pants of the allowed patterns are allowed, but gathered-legged jogging style pants are not allowed. 

For girls, leggings may only be worn under skirts. 

Allowable jewelry includes 1 ring per hand and 1 earring per ear of a diameter or length less than 1 inch (approximately the size of a US quarter or less). One necklace that lays flat on the neck or chest is allowed. Pendants should be one inch or less in size. No long necklaces are allowed. 

No unnatural hair colors are allowed. 

Hair accessories should follow the rules about color and patterns for other clothing.

For grades 8-12, nothing more than foundation, lip gloss of light colors and mascara is allowed for girls only. No eyeshadow, lipstick or blush is allowed. That is, it should hardly be noticeable. No sparkles are allowed.

 

BOYS ONLY:

Hair for boys needs to be neatly trimmed and clean in appearance and shouldn’t cover a student’s eyes, earlobes or extend below the collar. 

One ring is allowed per hand. No earrings are allowed for boys.

One necklace that lays flat on the neck is allowed. Pendants should be one inch or less in size (about the diameter of a US quarter). No long necklaces are allowed.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: 

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: For physical education, parents of elementary students should try to make sure that students are wearing clothing and shoes that promote physical movement. Skirts, dresses and dress shoes should be avoided on PE days. You will be notified of your child’s schedule so that you can plan for this. If possible, it is helpful to have an extra pair of athletic shoes that are kept at school.

MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: For physical education, students 6th grade and up should have athletic shorts and t-shirts that they may keep at school but must take home at the end of each week or class to be washed. Athletic shoes must be worn on PE days in grades 6-12. If possible, it is helpful to have an extra pair of athletic shoes that are kept at school, though it is not required.