Dress Code

Kuemper Catholic School has a student dress code for the following reasons:

1. Appropriate dress for school identifies one with and shows one’s pride in his/her school.
2. A student’s economic status should not be distinguishable based on attire.
3. School dress should be more affordable.
4. School dress must promote an environment conducive to study and appropriate behavior.

Parents and guardians must strive to understand and support the Dress Code. If there is a family reason for a student to be out of uniform, the parent or guardian must call the school office prior to the beginning of classes for the day. The administration reserves the right to interpret the dress code.
Its decision is final. Consequences, including potential detention, will be applied to repeat offenders.


Uniform Tops

1. Polo style with either a long or short sleeve. Polos may not have any manufacturer’s logo on the outside of the polo (i.e. Under Armour, Nike, Polo, or any Kuemper label, etc…)
2. Polo must be white or red, properly buttoned, with a collar.
3. Polos must be of appropriate length so that they are tucked in at all times.
4. Only plain white shirts may be worn under uniform polos.


Uniform Sweater/Sweatshirts

1. The uniform sweater or sweatshirt is one equal to that sold at the Edge 2 store (with the approved Kuemper Shield on the left chest).
2. Crewneck sweatshirt in red or grey with the approved Kuemper Shield on the left chest.
3. ¼ zip sweatshirt in red or dark grey with the approved Kuemper Shield on the left chest.
4. Long sleeve cardigan or V-neck sweater in red or white with the approved Kuemper Shield on the left chest.
5. Uniform polo must be worn under sweater or sweatshirt with collar visible for crew neck sweatshirts.


Uniform Bottoms

1. Students must wear solid black, khaki or navy cotton twill dress pants.
2. Belts are required for grades 6-12.
3. Shorts and capris may be worn from April 15th – October 15th . They must be of appropriate size, worn at the waist, hemmed, and not faded. The material must be twill fabric, not knit or spandex type material.
4. All shorts must reach at least mid-thigh to be considered appropriate for school.
5. Solid black, khaki, or navy Polyester-blend skorts may be worn by girls in grades PS-5 from April 15th – October 15th. Skorts must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.
6. Solid black, khaki, or navy Polyester-blend skirts may be worn by girls in grades 6-12 from April 15th – October 15th. Skirts must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.
7. Shorts must be worn under the skirts.

Shoes

1. Students may wear either dress shoes or tennis shoes. 2. Boots may be worn under the pant leg.
3. No open toe shoes are allowed.
4. Socks must be worn.
5. No Crocs, flip-flops, or slippers may be worn.
6. Shoelaces must be tied.
7. When conditions dictate, students in grades PK-5 must wear boots during recess.


Miscellaneous

1. No clothing items that depict or promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or that demeans another person are allowed.
2. No bare-midriffs, spaghetti straps, halter tops, or tank tops.
3. No leggings, jeggings, skinny jeans or yoga pants.
4. No hats, scarves, or bandanas.
5. Coats or jackets may not be worn inside during the school day.
6. Students are not allowed to have backpacks/book bags or purses in the classroom. A protective sleeve/device bag is acceptable for the grades 6-12 BYOD initiative.
7. Unacceptable body piercings include, but may not be limited to, eyebrows, lip, tongue, and nose.
8. Tattoos are discouraged and must not be visible. This applies to all school activities.
9. Writing on hands, arms, legs, etc. is not allowed.
10. Non-school related buttons or stickers may not be worn during the school day.
11. All hairstyles must have a conventional color/cut. Boys are to be clean-shaven (no noticeable stubble, mustaches, or beards) with hair trimmed above the eyebrow, around the ears, and above the collar.
12. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum, and the appropriateness shall be at the discretion of the administration. Excessive jewelry may be considered a safety hazard and students will be asked to remove it.

The uniform is worn throughout the year unless an exception is made on a specific occasion.

Casual Days

Jeans, athletic pants, shorts (during shorts season), and shirts without collars are acceptable. For the sake of modesty the following items are not allowed regardless of the presence of a school logo or name; leggings, yoga pants, shorts that do not reach mid thigh, or tops that are low cut/very snug fitting. All clothing should be in good repair. Bottoms with multiple holes, especially those exposing skin, are not appropriate for casual days. School uniform attire is always acceptable. 1. Those students who join in the spirit of a Casual Day may be expected to contribute money to support an approved cause.
2. The administration will jointly plan in advance all Casual Days. The days will apply to Grades PK-12.
3. Planning shall include which school fund (to benefit students or staff) or non-school fund will receive the funds.
4. There shall be a limited number of Casual Days during the academic year as determined in advance by the administration.

Kuemper Shirt Days

There will be periodic days known as Kuemper Shirt days. Acceptable clothing on these days are any Kuemper top along with uniform or casual bottoms that meet the guidelines under casual day above. For the sake of modesty the following items are not allowed regardless of the presence of a school logo or name; leggings, yoga pants, shorts that do not reach mid-thigh, or tops that are low cut/ very snug fitting. All clothing should be in good repair. Bottoms with multiple holes, especially those exposing skin, are not appropriate for Kuemper Shirt days.