Dress Code

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Dress (Appearance) Code
Students should never presume that they have permission to wear non uniform clothing to school.

Parkersburg Catholic High School is a private, Catholic school, and as such maintains the right to establish a policy of dress for its students.  The clothes that students wear are uniforms in the purest sense of the word; they are uniforms in nature.  This is deliberate on the part of all Catholic schools so that the learning atmosphere is enhanced by a sense of unity and equality.  The overall goal of having a dress code is to focus students on developing and strengthening their character instead of their wardrobe.  The uniform of PCHS distinguishes its students form any other high school student.  The care and wear of the PCHS uniform will demonstrate the pride that the student has in attending PCHS.  A neatly dressed student in will show the community that the student is proud to attend PCHS and that Parkersburg Catholic is a school in which the community can be proud.  The uniform dress code is in effect for all students from the time the student leaves home until the student returns home.  Students who are not dressed according to the code will not be permitted to attend class or exercise any privileges until they are dressed properly.  Lost class time will be marked as unexcused absence and made up by serving a detention.If a student is sent to the office for being out of dress code, the student is expected to contact a parent to provide the appropriate clothing or receive a parents permission to go home and change clothing.

The appearance of male students requires the following:

  • Lands’ End and Educational Apparel (pants/shorts purchased at Sears, JCPenney’s and Old Navy must be the approved Lands’ End style) pants must be appropriately fit to the ankle in a navy blue or khaki color.  Pants will be worn around the waist or the upper part of the hip.  They must be of modest fit – not baggy or skin tight.  Knee length shorts may be worn from April 1 to October 30. A  solid black, brown, navy, white or gray belt must be worn with the regular polo shirt and the polo shirt must be tucked into pants or shorts. Banded bottom shirts do not need to be tucked into pants.
  • The shirt must be a short sleeved or long sleeved golf style collared shirt, banded bottom polo or a dress style shirt with the school logo in navy blue, columbia blue, or white. Layered shirts, sweatshirts (also with the school logo), or a fleece with the school logo may be worn in cold weather. All layers of shirts must have the approved school logo and must be tucked into the pants. Undershirts must match outside shirt – example navy with navy and white can be worn with all colors.
  • Shoes must be a total foot covering style i.e., a dress shoe or an athletic shoe with socks (no sandals/flip flops). Athletic shoe must be black, navy, white, gray, or brown with no more than two colors in addition to solid color (example – black overall with gray or white enhancement).  Dress shoes must be on solid color black, navy, white, brown or gray.  No patterns or textures are permitted.  Socks must be white, navy, black, or gray and worn at all times.
  • Hair must be neatly trimmed, off the collar, and out of the eyes.  Unbecoming, bizarre, or distracting hair styles/colors are not permitted.
  • Jewelry must be minimal in size and must not detract from the educational process as determined by the principal.
  • Dress Uniform for Mass and Assemblies – Khaki pants, navy polo, dark socks, and solid black, brown, or navy leather dress shoes.

The appearance of female students requires the following:

  • Lands’ End and Educational Apparel (pants/shorts purchased at Sears, JCPenney’s and Old Navy must be the school approved Lands’ End style) pants must be appropriately fit to the ankle in navy blue or khaki color. Pants will be worn around the waist or the upper part of the hip.  They must be modest fit -not baggy or skin tight. A solid black, brown, navy, white or gray belt must be worn with the regular polo shirt and the polo must be tucked into pants or shorts.  Banded bottom polos do not need to be tucked into pants. Knee length shorts may be worn from April 1 to October 30. Lands’ End and Educational Apparel skorts or skirts must be knee length or longer and of the approved school style and color. Skorts may be worn if length above the knee is no more than 2 ½ inches from the top of the knee (width of a dollar bill).
  • The shirts must be short sleeved or long sleeved golf style collared shirt or a dress style shirt with the school logo in navy, columbia blue, and white.   Polo and dress shirts must be tucked in or banded bottom shirts may be worn. Layered shirts, sweatshirts (also with school logo), or fleece with the school logo may be worn in cold weather. All layers of shirts must be approved school logo and must be tucked into the pants. Undershirts must be the same color as the top shirt and white undershirts may be worn with any color.
  • Shoes must be a total foot covering style i.e., a dress shoe or an athletic shoe with socks (no sandals or flip flops). Athletic shoes must be navy, black, gray, white, or brown with no more than 2 contrasting colors. Dress shoes must be solid black, navy , white, gray or brown.  No patterns or textures are permitted.  Socks must be worn at all times (knee or crew length). Socks must be white, navy, black, or gray.  Heels on shoes should not be more than 2 inches stacked.
  • Hair must be neatly trimmed and out of the eyes.  Unbecoming bizarre or distracting hair styles/colors are not permitted.
  • Jewelry must  be minimal in size and must not detract from the educational process as determined by the principal.
  • Dress Uniform for Mass and Assemblies – Khaki skirts, A-line khaki skorts, or Khaki pants, navy polo, dark socks, and solid brown, navy, or black leather dress shoes.
The following applies to all students:
  • No head covers including caps, hats, bandanas, or hoods are permitted during the school day.
  • Outer garments such as jackets, coats, gloves, mittens, and scarves must remain in lockers during school hours.
  • Chains, studded collars, studded wristbands, visible tattoos, body piercing, and body rings are not permitted.
  • Garments, backpacks, and all other personal belongings cannot display or advertise illegal or controlled substances or have inappropriate images or messages such as sexual innuendo or profanity.
  • All clothing must be free of rips, tears, tatters, fringe, slits, and torn fabric.
  • All clothing including shoes must be clean and free from offensive odors.
  • All clothing must fit appropriately. For example, pants should not excessively drag the ground or be oversized or undersized. Shirts should fit appropriately and not be too large and baggy or too small and tight.
  • Physical education classes require appropriate athletic wear (shorts may be worn if the length above the knee is no more than 5 inches from the top of the knee) Consult the teacher.

FRIDAY (with the exception of Mass/Assemblies) is designated as school pride/school spirit day and everyone is encouraged to wear a PC SCHOOL TEE SHIRT, SWEATSHIRT, SCHOOL APPROVED LOGO SWEATPANTS and GYM SHORTS ONLY, OR GOLF STYLE SHIRT WITH A SCHOOL LOGO. Students not participating, must wear the usual school attire required on any other day. The style of dress must support and reflect the spiritual, academic, and social mission of the school.

The appearance code is in effect for the school day as well as at events sponsored by the school at which the students are representing or supporting the activities or events in the name of PCHS such as at athletic events, service learning projects, field trips, etc. The only exception is that denim and tee shirts may be worn at events outside of the school day hours.

Violators will be referred to the office and held there until the violation is rectified. The time it takes to correct the violation is considered unexcused. Parents will be notified of infractions. Parents are encouraged to monitor their students’ dress every morning before they leave home. A team effort is necessary to keep the appearance code effective for all.

NOTE: This Appearance Code is subject to change as fashions, fads, and new challenges arise.