Saint Mary’s Catholic School requires students K – 8 to dress in uniform on all days, except when there is a “Tag Day” exception granted by the Pastor or Principal. Although there is a lot of discussion about uniforms and their effect on learning, Catholic School students have traditionally worn uniforms for generations. In addition to clearly identifying students as Saint Mary’s students, the uniforms impart a message of conformity to community norms, respect for the individuality of a person, not their clothes, and a consistency that places an emphasis on learning without distractions.
“You may be reading this and thinking, “I don’t care what the studies say. I just KNOW that kids are more conscientious and better behaved when they dress neatly and modestly.” You’re not alone in thinking this way. Research has shown that both students and teachers believe that students behave better and get better grades when they wear uniforms. This is called the “Halo effect.” It refers to the fact that when we see one positive feature about a person, we tend to infer others. Therefore, if someone is well-dressed, we make additional positive assumptions about them – e.g., that they’re conscientious and respectful.” (Wallin, Dr. Pauline, Parenting, Do School Uniforms Make a Difference, http://theparentsite.com/parenting/schooluniforms.asp)
For more information, please read the following documents.
UNIFORM UPDATE TO “PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORM” WORN BY ALL STUDENTS ON P.E. DAYS.
(All students can wear either Non-Elastic cuff or Elastic cuff in the Navy Blue sweat pants with our logo. Purchased at Flynn & O’Hara)
Warm weather P.E. Uniform Exception Update
The “official” weather forecast for the day is now found on the website’s home page. Although the linked Uniform Brochure refers to the National Weather Service forecast, please note that the website’s forecast high for the day must be 80 degrees or more on the day in question. When the forecast is for a high close to 80 degrees, it is advisable to check the website before dressing for the day. Unfortunately, the brochure was prepared before the addition of the easily checked website forecast.
Specific information about uniforms can be found at:
General Grooming Guidelines
The dress code applies to all students as long as they are on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities; including field trips.
Students should present a neat appearance. No sloppy dress permitted.
Shirts must be buttoned, except for top button, and neatly tucked in at all times.
Clothing should be clean, unwrinkled, devoid of holes, and not faded, torn, or frayed. Patched clothing is acceptable.
Pants and skirts should be worn above the hips.
No baggy, oversized, or excessively tight clothing.
No sweatshirts/sweaters worn around the waist.
Undergarments must not show through uniform parts.
Tag Day Dress:
Students will be notified of any special occasions when they are allowed to wear non-uniform “tag day” clothing.
Tag Days are a privilege, not a student right.
All non-uniform clothing worn at school or school event, which contains a message, picture, or logo, must present a positive image acceptable at SMCS.
All non-uniform clothing must appropriately cover one’s body; no muscle shirts, low cleavage, and/or short skirts or shorts (with arm at side bottom tip of finger should touch bottom of skirts or shorts.)
Make-up and colored finger nail polish are not permitted on Tag Days.
Girl/Boy Scouts are allowed to wear their scout uniform or vest to school on days they have their meeting. Shoes must still meet the uniform requirements.
Jewelry / Piercings:
One cross, religious charm or medal, one ring, one bracelet, and a watch are permissible.
Only necklaces with a religious medal/theme or cross may be worn.
Chokers, large bracelets and necklaces are not acceptable.
No visible body piercings except girls are allowed a single stud earring in each ear. No hoop, dangling, or French loop earrings are permitted. No tongue piercings.
No chains or studded jewelry of any kind may be worn to school or at any school sponsored event/trip.
Due to the potential for lost items, younger children are strongly discouraged from wearing jewelry.
No thumb rings permitted.
No shoe jewelry.
Hair should be groomed away from the face so as not to cover the face.
No hair dying, chunking, or streaking.
No shaved or intentionally bald heads. No designs are to be shaven into hair.
No “skater cuts”, spiked hair, or tails.
Boys: Hair must not extend over the ears or below the top of the shirt collar. No ponytails. Sideburns must be straight, trimmed, and must not extend beyond the lowest opening of the ear. Bangs should not extend past the eyebrows. Students must be cleanly shaven every day (no mustaches, beards, or goatees).
Girls: Conservative hair clips are allowed (dark blue, white, etc.) but bandannas, multi-colored ribbons, etc. are not.
Makeup / Nail Polish:
No fingernail polish is permitted.
No artificial fingernails.
No visible tattoos.
Uniforms that are donated to the closet must be cleaned and ready to wear. Parents donating to the closet should insure that the clothing is in good condition, free of stains or tears. Clothing that is donated should be neatly organized so that it can be placed in the closet on the appropriate shelves and hangers.
Parents are free to browse the closet for clothing that would fit their students. The clothing is free to the first taker in the interest of good stewardship of our resources. Please take what can be used.
A parent volunteer oversees the organization of the closet. Please help by keeping the closet neat and organized.
School Uniforms: Purchasing
Saint Mary’s Catholic School requires students K – 8 to dress in uniform on all days, except when there is a “Tag Day” exception granted by the Pastor or Principal. Uniforms are made available through Flynn & O’Hara. All logo items, pants and gym uniform wear must be purchased from Flynn & O’Hara. Uniform sweatshirts are sold by Flynn & O’Hara. Please note that Flynn and O’Hara also sells non-uniform items with the Saint Mary’s logo for use as “spirit wear.” Fleece jackets, sweaters, and nylon jackets are available for purchase and use, but are not considered uniform wear.
Flynn & O’Hara contact information:
Flynn & O’Hara
9708 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235