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DRESS CODE POLICY FOR ACADEMY STUDENTS GRADES PK-12

IT IS THE GOAL OF SCA TO TEACH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO DRESS IN A WAY THAT WILL GLORIFY GOD.  STYLES DO COME AND GO, BUT MODESTY AND MODERATION MUST REMAIN CONSTANT.  FACULTY AND STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO DRESS AND ACT IN A WAY THAT WILL ENHANCE THE TESTIMONY OF SCA.  STUDENTS IDENTIFIED AS A PART OF THIS BODY ARE REQUESTED TO DRESS IN A WAY THAT WILL GIVE OUTSIDERS A POSITIVE IMPRESSION OF THE SCHOOL.  THIS DRESS CODE DESCRIPTION IN NO WAY CAN COVER EVERY INSTANCE BUT IS MEANT TO BE A FRAMEWORK.  (If after reading this, students or parents are still unsure about a piece of clothing or hair style, they should show it to the administrator before wearing it.)

Christ is identified with new life, “light” and hope, peace, and faith, which are all positive concepts.   Evil is associated with darkness, death, hopelessness, depression, and lack of peace.   Any society that is contrary to the positive message of Christ and His “Good News” does not edify or encourage the body of Christ and will not be part of Southwest Christian Academy and its image or testimony. Therefore, students may not dress in occult, bondage, masochistic, or gothic styles.  Administration will have the last word as far as what looks unacceptable.  This does include jewelry, accessories, hair styles and hair color, make up, nail polish, etc.  It has nothing to do with personal preference but everything to do with giving the impression of “light” or the positive concepts of Christ.  We do not want our students to be identified with any group that might have a negative testimony such as gangs or an occult society.  The administration is ultimately responsible to the Lord and the community for SCA’s image so it will have the final say as to all dress code questions. 

Our younger children look up to our older students who need to be good role models for them.  Therefore, students are asked to dress in a way that will not bring undue attention to themselves, but dress modestly and moderately.  While we do not judge the individual, we must set forth guidelines of dress and behavior that will reinforce and support the mission of SCA, which is to help families to prepare our students spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially so they are equipped to glorify God by doing His will.  

1.  Academy students may not wear any clothing with “unchristian,” sexually suggestive, questionable, unhealthy messages or logos printed on them or that may be deemed offensive.  Please no images or words about beer, cigarettes, suggestive sayings, rock or country music message shirts. Christian messages or music groups are allowed but pictures or logos may not be questionable.  Also, no jewelry, patches, etc. with occult, bondage, or questionable symbols are permitted.  The spiked jewelry and bondage chains are symbols of the bondage society where disrespect and cruelty to other human beings is typified and are not allowed.

2.  Students may wear neat jeans, long pants, and “knee” shorts in appropriate weather. Knee shorts must be no more than two (2) inches above the knee. Please do not wear jeans that are ragged with holes or are frayed or are dragging the ground.  Athletic shorts are not appropriate for young ladies to wear in the classroom.  Neat, fashionable jeans with intentional slits may be worn if no skin shows.  

 3.  Students may wear sweat shirts, T-shirts, sweaters, etc. that are not tight and revealing.  Slouchy, oversized clothing are not appropriate for school.  No “sagging” or over-sized pants.  NO “gang culture” clothing is permitted.  Underwear should not be visible at any time. Shirts must be long enough to cover all midriff, back and front areas when arms are raised above the head or students bend over.  Sports bras may not be visible at any time. 

4.  Hats or hoodies are not to be worn inside at any time by girls and boys.  Stylish ladies’ hats may be an exception.  

5.  All students are asked to wear modest hairstyles, without stark color streaks, spikes, tails, zips, etc.   Wild haircuts/styles or colors are not permitted. Boys may not have hair down in their eyes or have hairstyles that are down beyond their collars. Hairstyles must not reflect or represent a culture that is questionable—for example, hair styles that might represent “skin heads” or “emo” culture. Neat, clean, moderate in length hair are the most important watch words for young men’s hair styles that are acceptable.

6.  Girls should dress modestly avoiding low necklines, tight shirts, cut-away sleeves, etc.  Extremes in necklines, skirt lengths, skirts with slits, snug-fitting pants, pants with attention-getting words on their bottoms, tight shirts, and skirts, etc. should be avoided.  Shorts and skirt length should be no shorter than two (2) inches above the knee, including the back of the knee.  Students may not wear tank tops where upper chest and backs show.   Sleeveless tops are permitted but from shoulder to shoulder should be covered.  Sleeveless shirts should not cut into the arm shoulder to reveal too much. “Stretchy” pants may be worn by young ladies if long shirts or tops are worn that are no shorter than four (4) inches above the knee. No cleavage may be visible at any time.

7.  Heavy or gothic make-up should not be worn.

8.  Boys may not wear earrings.  Girls may wear up to two/three earrings per ear.  No other body piercings are permitted.  Neither boys nor girls may wear gauges or other types of extreme ear rings.

9.  Both boys and girls should refrain from wearing cut-away t-shirts, tank tops or shirts with thin straps to school.  Sports bras may not be worn as shirts at any time.  Shirts may not show the stomach or back when arms are raised or student bends over. Again, cleavage must NEVER show.  Students will be asked to change clothes if out of dress code and consequences given.

10.  Guidelines for dress are for ALL SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITIES either on campus or off campus, unless specifically accepted.   This includes any practices after school and fundraising activities such as car washes, etc.  Uniforms that do not conform to the school dress code may not be worn during school.  Students may not wear practice shorts outside of the gym. 

11.  No tattoos are permitted.  Students with tattoos are not candidates for admittance to SCA.  Boys who have their ears pierced may not wear earrings to school or any school event or anytime they are representing SCA.

12.  Boys may not grow facial hair unless they are in high school and must keep mustache/chin hair trimmed short and neat.  (All is at the discretion of the administrators.)