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Elementary Dress Code Overview
Dress Code and Grooming
A person's character and relationship with God are reflected in all aspects of his/her life (including dress).Christians should especially be sensitive to MODESTY and appropriateness in attire. Sometimes, even Christian young people can be caught up in styles that represent philosophies and lifestyles that are not Christ-like. Therefore, we choose to require specific uniforms for all students enrolled in Northland. Students at Northland are required to adhere to a dress code. The dress code accomplishes two things. First, it eliminates clothes as a popularity contest. There are no individuals getting attention from their peers for wearing an outrageous t-shirt, and there are no fashion trends to keep up with. Second, the dress code is designed to instill a sense of self-confidence. If you look good, you feel good. The school offers numerous outlets for individual expression – sports, music, and art – but clothing is not one of them.
Additionally, please note the following:
SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENTS
Northland students are expected to maintain standards of cleanliness, modesty, neatness, and good taste both on campus and when attending school events off campus. Dress code for all extracurricular activities prohibits the wearing of short shorts and the exposure of any midriff skin. On UNIFORM FREE DAYS, no spaghetti strap tops, tank tops, see-through jerseys, muscle shirts, t-shirts with inappropriate advertising or short shorts will be allowed.
DRESS CODE ENFORCEMENT
All dress code policies will be in effect during official school hours and on the entire campus (activity classes or special theme days will be the only exceptions). While it is understood that school events (such as athletic contests) are traditionally less formal in dress standards, Northland reserves the right to address (and punish if necessary) dress code extremes that are exhibited at Northland sponsored events.
Parents are expected to model modest and appropriate dress while on the campuses of Northland. Our children live what they learn from us. It is the responsibility of adults to lead by example in these important areas. Parents are asked to adhere to the same standard that is expected of our students: No short shorts, strapless tops, bear mid-drifts. All students, Kindergarten through fifth grade, at the elementary campus must wear the school uniform every day, unless instructed by the teacher to dress differently because of a special event or field trip. The purpose of the uniform code is to classify a standard of appearance that will encourage our students to bring glory to God (I Cor. 10:31). The uniform code is not intended to measure spirituality, but to serve as a tool to create an atmosphere free from distraction. The following are several other important reasons why a uniform is required at Northland:
- Safety: Visitors on campus are noticed and students are more easily monitored on field trips
- Economy measure for parents
- Enhance school spirit
- De-emphasize outward appearance and stress in its place the need for inner beauty and character development
- Discipline: teachers and administrators at Northland believe students are more self-controlled when in uniform
Excerpted from the 2014-15 Elementary Parent-Student Handbook