Uniform Policy


The St. Rita School Board has established the following dress code for students:

St. Rita Catholic School dress code is intended to instill good grooming habits and neatness in appearance while promoting the virtues of modesty and self-respect. It is to maintain a proper academic environment within the school and reduce superficial competitiveness so that character, rather than appearance, can be the focus.

Students are expected to come to school appropriately dressed at all times. It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure the child is in uniform each day. Students will begin wearing school uniforms on the first day of school.

Final decisions regarding student dress is reserved for administration. Students out of dress code will be spoken to privately and respectfully. If a student’s attire is deemed to be out of the dress code guidelines, out-of-uniform infractions will be given for non-compliance (see bottom of “Dress Code” policy for infraction levels). Also, if a student is out of uniform, parents may need to bring a change of appropriate clothes to school or the student will be given something to wear by the office staff.

General requirements

Pants
Slacks will have no cross-stitch emblems, manufacturer’s names, or patches (i.e. Dickies, etc.). Pants are to be straight leg, no cuffs or tapered legs and no pockets on the legs such as found on cargo pants. Slacks must be worn at the waist. Students in grades K through 5 shall wear navy blue uniform slacks; students in grades 6 through 8 shall wear khaki uniform slacks.

Shorts
Shorts are OPTIONAL and may be worn from August through October 31st and from April 1st until the end of the school year. Pants must be worn from November 1 until March 31. Students in grades K through 5 shall wear navy blue uniform shorts; students in grades 6 through 8 shall wear khaki uniform shorts. No other shorts will be permitted. Shorts must be Bermuda length (just above the knee). Shorts must be worn at the waist. No sagging will be allowed.

Belts
Students in grades 1st-8th must wear a belt with uniform pants and shorts. Belts must be brown, black or navy and solid in color. Belts are not permitted in kindergarten.

Socks
Students must wear plain navy blue, black, or white socks (no bands, stripes or emblems are allowed). Socks must be visible outside of the shoe.

Shoes
It is the parent’s choice as to the type of shoe the student wears. If the shoe has shoestrings, they must be kept laced and tied. All shoes must have a solid heel and toe and be flat (no heels or stacked heels). The student must wear gym shoes for PE. NO boots are permitted and no light up shoes are permitted.

Sweatshirt/Fleece
Only 8th grade students may wear the numbered graduation year sweatshirt and it must be lettered with the current graduation year. Throughout the year, the Booster Club will send order forms home for gray crewneck sweatshirts with the St. Rita Logo on the front. These will be an acceptable part of the dress code for all grade levels. Also, there is the optional fleece jacket hunter green with a gold St. Rita logo embroidered on it, available at Shaheen’s.

Sweater
Students may wear a navy blue cardigan or sweater.

Smart Device Wear
Smart watches, or any smart device is not allowed to be on students.

PE Uniforms
PE uniforms are required for K-8th grades and must be worn on the students’ PE day. Please take note at the beginning of the school year as to which day your child has PE. If a student does not wear their PE uniform on PE day, they will receive a uniform infraction. PE uniforms will consist of a t-shirt and pants (shorts are permitted until November 1 and after March 31). Shorts can be worn underneath the pants for PE class, but pants are to remain on for all other classes from November 1 through March 31. PE uniform, including pants, is only permitted during the students’ assigned PE day. PE uniforms are to be purchased from Shaheen’s and will be the only acceptable uniform.

Girls

Jumpers/Skirts
Girls in grades K through 5 wear the green, gold and white plaid, jumper from the uniform department at Shaheen’s.  Girls in grades 4 and 5 have the option of wearing a jumper or a skirt.  Girls in grades 6 through 8 wear a skirt.  St. Rita school uses the “fingertip rule” as described below in the “Additional Dress Code Requirements” section.  Girls must wear shorts or leggings underneath their jumper or skirt.

All girls have the option of wearing pants that must comply with our pants policy above.

Blouse
The blouse, if worn, must be tailored, short or long sleeve, round or pointed collar, broadcloth or oxford.  The blouse must be buttoned appropriately and tucked in far enough for a belt to be visible.  If desired, girls may wear a navy blue vest with the white shirt or blouse.  The vest can only be purchased at Shaheen’s.

Tights
Solid navy blue, white, or black tights may be worn under skirts, jumpers or shorts.  Navy blue, white, and black leggings are also allowed.

Jewelry
Girls with pierced ears are permitted to wear one pair of small button type earrings in the lobes only.  “Dangly” or “hoop” earrings are not permitted.  Body piercing, etc. is not permitted.  Other jewelry is not permitted with the exception of a wristwatch.  This includes out of uniform days.  In addition to wristwatches, one wristband per student may be worn that symbolizes a specific charitable organization or awareness. Faculty will decide on whether or not the wristband is appropriate for the Catholic School environment.  If it is determined that the wristband should not be worn, faculty will advise the student to remove. Medical bands will also be permitted. A thin, plain, short chain with a small religious cross or medal may be worn.

Make-up
Make-up or colored nail polish is not permitted.  Students are not allowed to wear artificial nails.  Tattoos and/or body writing on students are not permitted.

Jr. High Girls Only: As a Jr. High privilege, girls will be permitted to have painted nails.  Acrylic, dip, and any other form of artificial nails are not permitted--only fingernail polish.  Please only one solid color other than a French manicure (no designs, alternating colors, etc.) Girls may use foundation if they wish to cover blemishes.

Hair
Hair must be neat and clean.  No extreme haircuts are permitted. No hair spray is to be brought to school. No student is to wear dyed or bleached hair. Headbands are allowed to be worn. However, three dimensional headbands with cat ears, unicorn horns, etc. are not permitted.  Any uniform headband purchased from Shaneen’s is acceptable.

7th and 8th grade only: Only natural colored highlights are permitted. Any hair treatments deemed inappropriate by the principal must be corrected within 24 hours.

Boys

Shirts
Shirts must be the official St. Rita polo shirt. Shirts must be buttoned appropriately and tucked in far enough for a belt to be visible.

Hair
Hair must be neat and clean. Hair length should not exceed the top of the shirt collar or cover the eyebrows or ears. No extreme haircuts will be permitted.

7th and 8th grade only: Natural colored highlights are permitted. Any hair treatments deemed inappropriate by the principal must be corrected within 24 hours.

T-shirts
Students may only wear solid white t-shirts under their uniform shirt. T-shirts with graphics or lettering or colored t-shirts are not permitted. T-shirts should not show under the uniform shirt.

Jewelry
In addition to wristwatches, one wristband per student may be worn that symbolizes a specific charitable organization or awareness. Faculty will decide on whether or not the wristband is appropriate for the Catholic School environment. If it is determined that the wristband should not be worn, faculty will advise the student to remove. Medical bands will also be permitted. A thin, plain, short chain with a small religious cross or medal may be worn.

Out-of-Uniform: Jeans Day Dress Code

Jeans or athletic pants are permitted. Pants must not have holes, tears, or ragged edges. Socks and/or hosiery must be worn. All shoes must have a solid heel and toe. No light up shoes permitted.

Shirts, tops, and blouses must cover the shoulder, back and stomach at all times. Tank tops, sleeveless shirts, net shirts, spaghetti straps, low necklines, muscle shirts, cropped shirts or sweaters are not permitted. Dresses/skirts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.

Shorts may be worn from the beginning of school through October and April through the end of school on uniform break days. When hands are placed at a student’s side, the shorts should not be above the student’s fingertips.

Leggings may be worn with long shirts, skirts and dresses as long as the student's buttocks are covered.

Additional Dress Code Requirements

  • The correct styles and colors of all uniforms are available at Shaheen’s.
  • St Rita School uses the fingertip rule. The bottom of the shorts or skirts shall not be above a student’s fingertips when standing straight and placing arms down with fingers extended. This rule also applies for out-of-uniform days.
  • No coats, jackets, hats, gloves or non-uniform pants are allowed to be worn in the classrooms during class time or while changing classes. These items must also be removed while in church.
  • Any article of clothing, fashion accessory, or manner of grooming that draws undue attention to a student or creates any type of disturbance will not be permitted. Students who choose to wear inappropriate clothing will be given uniform infractions.
Additional Dress Code Requirements

First infraction: Warning - infraction slip sent home. Parents must sign and return to school.

Second infraction: Student not permitted to participate in the next uniform break. Infraction slip sent home, parents must sign and return.

Third infraction: Student not permitted to participate in uniform breaks for the rest of the trimester. Infraction slip sent home, parents must sign and return.

Fourth infraction: Student not permitted to participate in uniform breaks for the rest of the school year. Infraction slip sent home, parents must sign and return

If infractions continue to occur, this would be considered defiance of school authority and students will be put through the school discipline system.