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Student Dresscode

Mountainside Christian Academy relies on parents to assist their children in understanding the many differences that exist in how we understand our ‘freedoms’ while submitting to the policies set forth herein. Mountainside Christian Academy expects students to practice spiritual discernment in choices of dress, characterized by modesty and appropriateness. It is our hope that students will internalize these two principles during their time spent here at MCA and continue to use them as self-regulating guidelines in their life.

Modesty – See I Timothy 2:9-10. Biblically, we should carefully choose clothes that will not tempt or defraud another person.

Appropriateness – We should ask ourselves the following; What is the setting in which I minister as a Christian student? What is the setting in which I worship as a Christian student? What is the setting in which I live (private life) as a Christian student? What is the appropriate outward appearance for a follower of Christ within these settings? Does what I wear on the exterior reflect who I am in the interior?

Our desire at MCA is to do all things which will honor Jesus Christ and uphold His testimony. While recognizing that true Christianity is a matter of the heart and not the outward appearance, it is nonetheless true that our appearance is important in light of God’s Word, and numerous principles are given for our instruction. Peter identifies the real issue when he states that our attractiveness should not be based on what we wear but on the hidden man of the heart…even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.

  • God designed clothes to cover the body. Genesis 3:21
  • The Christian is not to be fashioned or ‘conformed’ outwardly or inwardly according to the world. Romans 12:2, 1 Peter 1:14
  • We are to abstain from all appearance of evil. (Appearance should not reflect occultism, satanism, or negative cultural influences) I Thess. 5:22
  • Decency and modesty are to be followed in dress. I Timothy 2:9,10
  • Long hair is a shame unto a man and glory unto a woman. I Cor. 11:14,15
  • The inward adorning of a heart is to be emphasized rather than the outward appearance. I Peter 3:3,4
  • Christians are not to love the standards which the world sets in any area of life by drawing undue attention to themselves. I John 2:15-17

 
MCA does not require that a special uniform be worn to school It is the desire of the administration that students attend school neat, clean, and wearing clothing that creates an atmosphere for learning. Our dress code has not been designed to measure spirituality in any way but instead to help ensure the kind of environment in which learning can take place without distraction. Some aspects of the dress code are not based directly upon Scripture, but rather are part of a reasonable and enforceable institutional standard, the keys to which are modesty and neatness.

It is expected that students will adhere to the dress code when arriving, leaving, and riding the bus as well as during class time.

It is recognized that no dress code is adequate to satisfy everyone for all times or situations. Every attempt is being made to train our students for spiritual and academic excellence. When there are questions about current styles, final judgment on appropriateness will be determined by the administration.

The following standards have been established for proper dress at school:

PERSONAL GROOMING – Girls

  • All clothing must be neat, clean, in good repair, and the appropriate size for the student: not oversized, sloppy, or tight-fitting. All clothing must be modest – not revealing or see-through. Students are to wear appropriate undergarments. Students are expected to be clean and well-groomed and to practice good physical hygiene.
  • Dress and grooming must never contradict MCA’s biblical values. Logos, styles, etc., that violate biblical principles of wholesomeness and modesty are never appropriate at school functions of any kind.
  • Any clothing, jewelry, or grooming style which calls attention to itself and/or is disruptive in any way at school or school functions is unacceptable. Clothing styles and colors should be conservative and modest.
  • Hair is to be clean and well groomed. No distracting hairstyles allowed including unnatural hair colors, designs, extreme clipper cuts or unnatural color highlights.
  • Earrings are permissible – should not exceed two earrings per ear.
  • No visible body-piercing jewelry or tattoos (real or fake).

 
ATHLETIC DRESS – Girls
Grades K-6:

  • Regular school clothes (If a dress is worn to school on gym day, pants must be worn under the dress.)
  • Sneakers

GRADES 7-12:

  • T-SHIRTS: loose fitting (no white t-shirts, no shirts with objectionable words, or pictures, t-shirts must be long enough that midriff does not show when arms are fully extended over head.)
  • SWEAT PANTS: loose fitting (no spandex leggings allowed)
  • SHORTS: loose fitting, finger-tip length
  • SNEAKERS
  • MCA team uniforms may not be worn for gym class.

BUSINESS DRESS (Class Dress) – Girls

  • OUTERWEAR – NO jackets/coats or other outerwear is allowed in class
  • BLOUSES/SHIRTS – shirts, blouses, sweaters, & turtlenecks are acceptable. ALL shirts must be modest. They must meet the following standards:
    • Not form fitting or see through.
    • Necklines must not be low or revealing (even when bending over.)
    • Must not allow midriff to be seen at anytime (reaching, sitting, bending, etc.) All shirts must be long enough that midriff is not exposed when arms extended over head.
    • May not have screen print, heat transfer, or painted designs. Small name brand insignias are acceptable.
    • T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, or sleeveless shirts are not to be worn with the exception of MCA sponsored sweatshirts that meet all other criteria.
    • Students may not wear sweatshirts of their own MCA design.
    • Hoods may not be worn on the head.
  • DRESSES – skirts, dresses, jumpers, are all allowed. They must meet the following modesty standards:
    • Hemlines of dresses, skirts and jumpers must reach to the bottom of the knee when standing. (When kneeling the hemline should touch the floor.)
    • Slits in the back, front or side must not extend more than two inches above kneecap.
    • Cannot be form fitting.
  • PANTS – Dress pants, khakis and corduroys are acceptable. They must meet the following standard:
    • Not form fitting (no stretch pants or leggings)
    • Neat (clean, no holes, rips or tears, not faded, nobleached or stonewashed.)
    • No Cargo style (oversized, baggy, zip-off legs or extra zippers.)
    • Appropriate length based on student’s height (not dragging on the floor, no capris or cropped pants.)
    • No blue jeans nor denims of any other color.
  • FOOTWEAR:
    • Any shoe (except flip flops), that is neat, well cared for and tied or fastened as appropriate for the shoe.
    • No plastic/rubber flip flop sandals nor rubber sports sandals
    • If socks are worn, they must be a matched pair.
  • ACCESSORIES:
    • Earrings are permissible – should not exceed two earrings per ear.

CASUAL DRESS – Girls

  • Super “Nut” (No Uniform Today) days. As allowed by the Principal on special occasions:
    • Jeans may be worn with t-shirts or sweatshirts. Shirts and sweatshirts must not have objectionable pictures or words.

DRESS UP – Girls

  • Days as designated by the administration:
  • Dress or skirt and blouse or dress slacks and blouse. A sweater or suit jacket may also be worn. Grades 7 and up stockings and dress shoes. Below grade 7, socks and dress shoes. Dress sandals (not flip flops) may be worn as appropriate. No denim, khaki or polo shirts.

EXTRA CURRICULAR DRESS – Girls

  • Soccer: Team uniforms are worn to the games as there is frequently no place to change. Slacks or sweat pants are to be worn over soccer uniforms when traveling. Should changing facilities be available ‘business dress’ is to be worn traveling.
  • Volleyball: Business Dress for traveling.
  • Basketball: Business Dress while traveling and before and after both home and away games.
  • Cheerleading: Business Dress while traveling and before and after both home and away games.
  • Student spectators: neat, modest attire.
  • Concerts: Elementary participant’s should dress according to the chorus director’s instructions. Secondary students should follow Dress Up guidelines. Student’s attending the event should wear Business Dress or Dress Up attire.
  • Fair: Dress Up attire unless directed differently by teacher.
  • Other: Dress according to note for particular activity.

FORMAL DRESS (Banquet Dress) – Girls

  • Necklines- the back must be higher than 7″ below nape of neck; the front is to be higher than 4″ below collar bone. Backs and midriffs are to be completely covered at all time
  • Netting and other see-through material as well as scarves and shawls are not suitable covering. Jackets may be worn for the entire evening.
  • Shoulder straps, at least 2″ wide, no off the shoulder straps.
  • Hemlines cannot be shorter than the dress code standards.
  • Dresses should not be tight.
  • No flip flops

WORK DRESS – Girls

  • Work days as designated by administration:
  • Jeans may be worn with t-shirts or sweatshirts. Shirts and sweatshirts must not have objectionable pictures or words. No sweat pants. No flip flops.

PERSONAL GROOMING – Boys

  • All clothing must be neat, clean, in good repair, and the appropriate size for the student: not oversized, sloppy, or tight-fitting. All clothing must be modest – not revealing or see-through. Students are to wear appropriate undergarments. Students are expected to be clean and well-groomed and to practice good physical hygiene.
  • Dress and grooming must never contradict MCA’s biblical values. Logos, styles, etc., that violate biblical principles of wholesomeness and modesty are never appropriate at school functions of any kind.
  • Any clothing or grooming style which calls attention to itself and/or is disruptive in any way at school or school functions is unacceptable. Clothing styles and colors should be conservative and modest.
  • Hair is to be clean and well groomed. No distracting hairstyles allowed including unnatural hair colors, designs, extreme clipper cuts or unnatural color highlights. Hair is to be kept clean, neat, and trimmed, (off the ears, eyebrows and collar.)
  • The back of the neck should be trimmed and neat.
  • No facial hair is permitted.
  • No body-piercing jewelry or tattoos (real or fake) may be visible

 
ATHLETIC DRESS – Boys
GRADES K-6:

    • Regular school clothes
    • Sneakers

GRADES 7-12:

  • T-SHIRTS: Loose fitting (no white t-shirts, no shirts with objectionable words, or pictures, t-shirts must be long enough that midriff does not show when arms are fully extended over head.)
  • SWEAT PANTS: Loose fitting (no spandex leggings allowed)
  • SHORTS: loose fitting, finger-tip length
  • SNEAKERS
  • MCA team uniforms may not be worn for gym class.

BUSINESS DRESS (CLASS DRESS) – Boys

  • PANTS: Dress slacks, corduroys, and docker type pants are acceptable. They must meet the following standard:
    • Neat (clean, no holes, rips or tears, no bleached or stonewashed pants.)
    • Appropriate length based on student’s height (not dragging on the floor.)
    • No Cargo style (oversized, baggy,zip- off legs or extra zippers.)
    • May not ride low on the hips.
    • No blue jeans nor denims of any other color.
  • OUTERWEAR – NO jackets/coats or other outerwear is allowed in class
  • SHIRTS: Dress shirts, casual shirts (golf shirts), sweaters, and turtlenecks are acceptable. They must meet the following standard:
    • Shirts must be buttoned.
    • Shirts may not have screen print, heat transfer, or painted designs. Small name brand insignias are acceptable.
    • Undershirts if worn, cannot have writing that can be seen through the top shirt.
    • T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, or sleeveless shirts are not to be worn with the exception of MCA sponsored sweatshirts that meet all other criteria.
    • Students may not wear sweatshirts of their own MCA design.
    • Hoods may not be worn on the head.
  • TIES: Are not required, except on days designated as a “dress-up” day.
  • SOCKS: If worn, socks should be in conservative coordinating colors.
  • FOOTWEAR:
    • Any shoe (except flip flops), that is neat, well cared for and tied or fastened as appropriate for the shoe.
    • No plastic/rubber flip flop sandals nor rubber sports sandals
    • If socks are worn, they must be a matched pair.

CASUAL DRESS – Boys

  • Super “Nut” (No Uniform Today) days. As allowed by the Principal on special occasions:
    • Jeans may be worn with t-shirts or sweatshirts. Shirts and sweatshirts must not have objectionable pictures or words.

DRESS UP – Boys

  • Days as designated by the administration:
    • Dress slacks, collared dress shirt, tie, dress shoes. A sweater or suit jacket may also be worn. No denim or khaki. (7-12 grade)
    • Dress slacks (no cargo pants), collared dress shirt, dress shoes. No denim or khaki. (K-6)

EXTRA CURRICULAR DRESS – Boys

  • Soccer: Team uniforms are worn to the games as there is frequently no place to change. Slacks or sweat pants are to he worn over soccer uniforms when traveling. Business Dress for traveling should changing facilities be available.
  • Basketball: Business Dress while traveling and before and after both home and away games.
  • Student spectators: neat, modest attire.
  • Concerts: Elementary participant’s should dress according to the chorus director’s instructions. Secondary students should follow Dress Up guidelines. Student’s attending the event should wear Business Dress or Dress Up attire.
  • Fair: Dress Up attire unless directed differently by teacher.
  • Other: Dress according to note for particular activity.

FORMAL DRESS (BANQUET DRESS) – BOYS

  • Suit coat, dress shirt, tie, dress slacks, socks & dress shoes.
  • Suit coat should be worn for entire banquet.

WORK DRESS – Boys

  • Work days as designated by administration. Jeans may be worn with t-shirts or sweatshirts that have no objectionable pictures or words. No sweat pants. No flip flops.

DRESS CODE – VIOLATIONS
Depending upon the severity and/or recurring nature of the infraction, dress code violations will be administered as follows:

  • Verbal Warning
  • Written Warning
  • Change of Clothes
  • Parental Conference
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

IF A STUDENT COMES TO SCHOOL DRESSED IMMODESTLY OR IN FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF THE DRESS CODE, THE PARENT WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY AND THE STUDENT WILL SERVE AN IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION UNTIL THE PARENT ARRIVES WITH THE PROPER CLOTHING OR UNTIL THE PROBLEM CAN BE CORRECTED.

  • Parents have the primary responsibility to make sure their children are dressed appropriately for school and conform to the dress and grooming code. Parents are expected to support the school’s position when questions arise.
  • Parents and/or students are encouraged to bring in questionable items for approval before wearing to school to prevent the possibility of disciplinary action.
  • The school reserves the right to evaluate and place restrictions as needed as new fashions and fads emerge. Interpretation of the dress code rests solely with the Administration.