KT - 12th Grade

Shannon Forest Christian School (SFCS) desires our student’s appearance to display modesty, professionalism and respect for themselves and others.  The following dress code rules and guidelines are established to foster an environment of learning and respect, in alignment with Biblical principles.

Girls

SHIRTS/BLOUSES

  • Shirts/blouses should not be too tight, revealing, or overly baggy and may not have holes or frays. Tops should be loose fitting across the chest and show no cleavage or midriff, including when leaning over or raising the arms.
  • Sleeveless shirts are allowed, but no tank tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops or tube tops. Bra straps and bra sides must not be visible.
  • Plain T-shirts with appropriate graphic designs.
  • Official SFCS apparel sold through the Shannon Shop or purchased as a direct result of a SFCS event (sports events, Windy Gap, etc.) may be worn.
  • Undergarments should not be visible. Shirts/blouses may not be sheer or have an open back.

PANTS/CAPRIS/SHORTS

  • Pants/capris/shorts must be neat, modest and appropriate.
  •  Leggings or jeggings as pants are not permitted regardless of the length of shirt worn on top.
  • Jeans may be worn, but they must be at waist level and have no tears, holes, frays, bleaching or writing on them.
  • No pajama pants, night clothes, yoga pants, sweatpants, athletic warm-ups or other pants of similar style may be worn, with the exception of approved SFCS athletic wear on game days.
  • Shorts must be no more than 3 inches above the top of the knee. Shorts must adhere to the fit guidelines above.
  • Athletic shorts or gym shorts are not permitted.
  • Camouflage and beach wear (for example, board shorts) are not permitted.

SKIRTS/SKORTS/DRESSES

  • All skirts/skorts/dresses must be no more than 3 inches above the top of the knee. The top of slits in skirts or dresses must also be no more than 3 inches above the top of the knee when standing.
  • Skirts and skorts should fit loosely and be in modest taste and appearance, even while a student is seated.
  • Modest dresses are permitted. The bodice of the dress must follow the guidelines for tops and the length and fit of the skirt must follow the guidelines for skirts.
  • Tights or leggings are permitted under skirts/skorts/dresses, but the length of the skirt/skort/dress must still adhere to the 3 inch guideline.

SWEATSHIRTS/OUTERWEAR

  • Sweatshirts and hoodies are permitted, however they must fit neatly and must not display profanity, suggestive phrases, alcohol, tobacco, drug advertisements, or other inappropriate phrases or symbols.
  • Sweatshirts or hoodies that represent other area schools, private or public, may not be worn. Sweatshirts or hoodies that represent a college or a professional team may be worn.
  • When a sweatshirt, hoodie, jacket or coat is worn, the shirt worn underneath must conform to dress code guidelines.

SHOES

  • Students in KT - 5th Grade must wear closed toe shoes.  Heels must not exceed 2 inches.
  • Athletic shoes must be worn during P.E. classes.
  • Students in grades 6-12 may wear flatfooted sandals as long as the sandal has a back or backstrap. Flip flops or other beach-type or open-backed sandals may not be worn.
  • Slippers or plastic pool type shoes (for example, Crocs) are not permitted.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Make-up should be conservative, not extreme in appearance or excessive in amount.
  • Hats and sunglasses are not permitted in the building. Ear buds and headphones may not be worn during the school day, unless express permission is granted by a faculty or staff member.
  • Extreme hairstyles and non-human color hair are not permitted.
  • Jewelry is permitted, but not large or excessive.  Ears may be pierced but no other visible body piercing is allowed.
  • Visible body tattoos are not permitted.

Boys

SHIRTS

  • Collared shirts or button-down Henley-style shirts with sleeves may be worn.
  • Plain T-shirts with appropriate graphic designs.
  • Shirts should not be too tight or overly baggy and may not have holes or frays. Sleeveless shirts are not permitted. Shirts must not display profanity, suggestive phrases, alcohol, tobacco, drug advertisements, or other inappropriate phrases or symbols.
  • Official SFCS apparel sold through the Shannon Shop or purchased as a direct result of a SFCS event (sports events, Windy Gap, etc.) may be worn. 

PANTS/SHORTS

  • Pants or shorts must not be tight or form fitting. Pants or shorts must be neat, modest and appropriate. Shorts must be no more than 3 inches above the top of the knee.
  • Jeans may be worn, but they must be at waist level and have no tears, holes, frays, bleaching or writing on them.
  • No pajama pants, night clothes, sweatpants, athletic warm-ups or other pants of similar style may be worn, with the exception of approved SFCS athletic wear on game days.
  • Athletic shorts or gym shorts are not permitted.
  • Camouflage and beach wear (for example, board shorts) are not permitted.

SWEATSHIRTS/OUTERWEAR

  • Sweatshirts and hoodies are permitted, however, they must fit neatly and must not display profanity, suggestive phrases, alcohol, tobacco, drug advertisements, or other inappropriate phrases or symbols.
  • Sweatshirts or hoodies that represent other area schools, private or public, may not be worn. Sweatshirts or hoodies that represent a college or a professional team may be worn.
  • When a sweatshirt, hoodie, jacket or coat is worn, the shirt worn underneath must conform to dress code guidelines.

SHOES

  • Students in KT - 5th Grade must wear closed toe shoes.  Heels must not exceed 2 inches.
  • Athletic shoes must be worn during P.E. classes.
  • Students in grades 6-12 may wear flatfooted sandals as long as the sandal has a back or backstrap. Flip flops or other beach-type or open-backed sandals may not be worn.
  • Slippers or plastic pool type shoes (for example, Crocs) are not permitted.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Make-up is not permitted on boys.
  • Hats and sunglasses are not permitted in the building. Ear buds and headphones may not be worn during the school day, unless express permission is granted by a faculty or staff member.
  • Extreme hairstyles and non-human color hair are not permitted. Hair must be neatly trimmed. It is not to conceal the top of the collar, eyebrows or ears.
  • Facial hair is permitted but must be well groomed and maintained.
  • No jewelry may be worn in a visible body piercing.
  • Visible body tattoos are not permitted.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR GIRLS/BOYS

  • Clothing must always be neat and modest and not a source of distraction or disruption based on the opinion of the administration.
  • The dress code applies to all SFCS students during the school day. Additional dress code guidelines may be issued for field trips, class trips, dances, prom or other school functions.
  • As new styles and clothing patterns develop, administration will make modifications consistent with the intent of this policy.

DRESS CODE VIOLATION CONSEQUENCES

Lower School

  • Dress code violations will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Parents will be notified, via phone call or email when a dress code violation has occurred. Parents may be required to bring a change of clothing.  Continued violations of the dress code may warrant a parent conference.

Upper School – PER SEMESTER

  • Offense 1: Warning; Parents are notified via email.
  • Offense 2: Parents are called, student to wait in office for parent to bring change of clothing – unexcused absence from class. The school can provide alternative clothing if the parent is unable to bring a change of clothes.
  • Offense 3: Parents are called, student to wait in office for parent to bring change of clothing – unexcused absence from class. Conference scheduled with parent, students and administration.
  • Offense 4: Administrative Detention.
  • Offense 5: Additional detentions, or suspension, at the discretion of the Administration.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY 

It is important for parents to ensure their child is dressed in compliance with the published SFCS Dress Code. The school administration views this as a parental commitment and responsibility and believes that dress code issues should be addressed and corrected at home rather than being left as dress code infractions that have to be addressed and corrected at school.