HCS DRESS CODE
Heartland Christian School has been established as an extension of the Christian home. It is the parents’ God-given responsibility to care for the adornment and decorum of their children, teaching and enforcing godly dress. It is important that the school standards for clothing and general appearance reflect the mission of our school and are acceptable to most of the parents. The fashion world is developing new styles all the time, and the styles are not always right or wrong; however, in a day of constantly deteriorating cultural styles, we feel we must set a minimum standard which will bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ. If there is any question in your mind regarding what your child wants to wear, the best thing to do is not let them wear it, or get permission ahead of time. It is our prayer that you will have godly discernment as you and your child select clothes in line with the school’s guidelines. We do expect a willing spirit of cooperation from students and parents, and the Administration reserves the right to make the final decision in matters of judgment.
A Proper Self Image
Since human beings are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) we need to see ourselves as He sees us. Our outward appearance is a reflection of the way we view ourselves and how we think God sees us. We want our students to understand that they are valuable because God created them, not because they are physically attractive to the opposite sex.
Clothes were given by God to cover the body (Genesis 3:21), particularly so that our thoughts would remain pure. People who dress in a seductive manner are asking for attention from the opposite sex that is neither holy nor godly. The following paragraph is taken from an e-mail sent by the American Decency Association. It aptly describes the reason we desire to instill modesty into our students, whether male or female. It is just as important to our male students that our female students dress appropriately as it is for the girls. Both need to understand that our beauty comes from within, not from our outward appearance.
Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty, states that modesty is a “delicate, yet formidable power” and points out that every girl has this power. It is delicate because it is so easy to innocently give away. It is formidable because it is difficult to come to task with and difficult to control. But once a young lady learns the concept, she can choose to allure the one man she chooses to marry. Dressing immodestly is a high risk factor that usually leads to increased sexual activity in young girls. Men and boys, being visually stimulated, are increasingly being challenged. This is rampant in churches and Dannah believes churches need to explain “why” modesty is so important, and “why” immodesty is so dangerous. Dressing modestly is a heart issue. Women do not understand what goes on in the mind of men but they need to. Women, being created by God to be a ‘masterpiece,’ are the most beautiful sights on earth to men. Fashion is okay, but God wants us to be more concerned with our inner beauty than our external beauty. The Christian faith does not condemn beauty, but women and girls must learn how powerful their beauty is.
Importance of Purity
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” We are to glorify Him in all we do, including the way we choose to dress. It is our deep desire that our students leave Heartland Christian School with their purity intact.
Some of the dress code is a result of concern for our students’ safety at school and school activities.
A. Tops (i.e. shirts)
1. What is Acceptable
Collared shirts for boys, blouses for girls, t-shirts (which are not styled to be worn as undershirts), sweaters, sweatshirts, sport shirts, and turtlenecks are acceptable. All styles of shirts are to be neat, modest in appearance, and in good repair. No backless shirts without a shirt under it.
Shirts must be worn right side out and must be tucked in unless designed to be worn untucked. (If you can sit on it, tuck it in). If a teacher or administrator determines a shirt needs to be tucked in, the student is expected to respectfully comply.
Tops should be of a fit and fabric (not see through fabric) that do not reveal undergarments. Tight fitting tops are not permitted. If any part of the midriff shows when the arms are raised fully above the head or the student is leaning over, then the top is too short. If any cleavage shows, the top is too low.
4. No Sleeveless, Please
Although some sleeveless shirts are modest, others are not. In order to avoid the uncomfortable situation in which a judgment call (which may be perceived as unfair) regarding a shirt must be made by the teacher and/or administrator, no sleeveless shirts or tank tops are permitted. (Exception: when participating in sporting activities.)
While many articles of clothing advertise messages that are not contrary to the mission and purpose of Heartland Christian School, in order to avoid the making of value judgments by school personnel regarding messages conveyed on clothing: Any article of clothing (including Christian apparel) that initially seems to advertise a message contrary to the mission and purpose of HCS may not be worn (example-“B-Wiser” t-shirt with the Budweiser look). Due to the pornographic advertising practices of some clothing companies, such as Abercrombie and Fitch, clothes that advertise such companies will not be permitted.
1. What is Acceptable
Students may wear pants/jeans/Capri’s that are in good repair (no holes or tears) and present a neat, well-groomed, professional appearance.
2. What is not Acceptable
No oversize, baggy, tight-fitting(skin-tight), frayed, or extra long pants or jeans that drag on the floor will be permitted. For 6-12 grade students, sweat pants, wind pants, biker pants and shorts are not permitted.
Dresses must be knee length or longer. Slits may be not higher than the knee. Tight-fitting skirts and dresses are not permitted. The bodice of the dress must follow the guidelines for tops, and appropriate undergarments must be worn.
Appropriate shoes are important for various activities. Flip flops are not appropriate for P.E. or recess for safety reasons. Students will be expected to bring tennis shoes for those activities. If the student’s flip flops become a distraction in the classroom (sometimes it’s hard to them on and not play with them), the teacher may ask the student to change them.
Girls may wear light, modest makeup. Boys are not to wear makeup.
Hair is to be neat, clean, and combed, not covering the face. Boys must have no facial hair.
Students may wear modest jewelry, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings (girls only). Students will be asked to remove inappropriate jewelry.
H. Tattoos and Body Piercing
Visible tattoos are not permitted. Body piercings are not permitted at school or any school functions.
I. If swimsuits are worn for any school function they need to be modest. Boys must wear knee length shorts and girls must wear a modest one-piece suit, or if two pieces it must be completely covered by a dark colored t-sh
J. 6th- 12th Grade Dress-up Day
In order to help facilitate a respectful attitude for God, the things of God, authority in general, and an overall seriousness and degree of professionalism, the dress for Chapel Day will be different than the dress for a regular school day.
1. Boys’ Dress for Dress-up Day
Boys will wear dress pants or dress khakis with a belt. A collared shirt, dress socks, and dress shoes or boots must be worn as well. A sweater with a collared shirt or turtleneck is also permitted.
No denim clothing of any kind, t-shirts, nor tennis shoes are permitted on dress-up day.
2. Girls’ Dress for Dress-up Day
Girls will wear a dress, a skirt or dress pants with a top or sweater that follows the modesty guidelines, or a pant suit. If belt loops exist, then a belt must also be worn.
No t-shirts, or tennis shoes are permitted on dress up day. Dress shoes only. No flip-flops unless they are nice dress sandals.
DRESS CODE ENFORCEMENT
All regulations apply to all school activities.
If something is “borderline”, the student may receive a warning not to wear that particular article again and/or the parent may be required to bring appropriate clothing before the student may return to class.
For infractions of the dress code for Preschool through 5th Grade:
1st Offense A verbal warning to the parent, through a note, phone call, or in person, the day of the infraction.
2nd Offense A conference with parents, teacher, and administrator.
3rd Offense A conference with parents, teacher, administrator, and school board to decide on appropriate consequence for continued infraction of the rules.
For infractions of the dress code for 6th grade through 12th Grade:
1st Offense A verbal warning to the student and a note or phone call to the parent the day of the infraction.
2nd Offense A conference with student, parents, and administrator.
3rd Offense A conference with student, parents, teacher, administrator, and school board to decide on appropriate consequence for continued infraction of rules.
An offense will be considered any infraction in a single 9-week grading period. A second violation of the Dress Code in the same 9-weeks would constitute a second offense, etc. In the spirit of grace, each student will start the new 9-weeks with no violations. The dress code for field trips and extra-curricular activities may be established by the teachers (subject to administrative approval) if required to be different for the activity.