Uniforms at St. Rita Catholic School contribute to our sense of community and belonging. The purpose of a uniform policy is to promote unity and minimize individual differences that interfere with community building and academic instruction. Students should understand that their appearance affects not only how they are perceived by others, but also the pride they have in themselves. Whenever they are in uniform, students represent themselves, their family and the St. Rita community. Students who abide by and adhere to the intent of the uniform policy learn that following the rules and showing respect for your community are important values.
All students must follow the uniform policy. The administration reserves the right to send home any student who is dressed improperly. In all cases, uniform decisions and interpretations remain with the administration.
St. Rita School has a supply of second-hand uniforms for sale at greatly reduced prices. Families are encouraged to donate their uniforms in good condition to the uniform closet. Families may purchase used uniforms during normal school office hours.
Dress uniform is required for all students when attending Mass on Fridays or Holy Days and other special occasions. You will be given advance notice when dress uniform is required outside of usual Friday Mass.
Daily Non-Dress Uniform
Any and all parts of the dress uniform may be worn any day. Students may wear these additional items on days when dress uniform is not required.
General Uniform Guidelines
- Students' names should be on all garments with permanent ink or sewn-in name tags.
- Students must enter and leave the school grounds in proper uniform.
- All students are required to have their shirts tucked in while on the school campus.
- All clothing must fit properly, not too tight or too big.
- Ties are to be neatly knotted at the neck and the top shirt button must be buttoned.
- Pants must be worn at the natural waist and must be the proper length. They must reach the back of the shoe and they may not drag on the floor, or bunch up on the foot.
- Shorts/skirts must touch the top of knee; this requirement also applies to shorts and skirts worn on free dress days.
- Belts must fit properly with no extra length extending below the waist.
- Modesty shorts must be worn under skirts and jumpers in all grades.
- All clothing must be neat and in good repair. No holes, tears or extremely faded or discolored items are acceptable.
- Shoes that require laces must be laced and tied. Athletic shoes must be worn during PE class.
- Velcro or slip-on shoes are required until the child is able to tie his or her own shoe.
- Undershirts and any undergarment worn beneath blouses and shirts must be completely white, with no designs, lettering or pictures and must not be visible; long sleeve undershirts may not be worn with short sleeve shirts.
- Hair must be of a natural color and style that does not hinder learning or distract other students.
- Natural hair color is his/her God-given color; it is age appropriate that students do not color or highlight their hair.
- No fad haircuts, mohawks, tails, or shaved designs are permitted.
- Spiked hair may be no longer than one inch high.
- Boys’ hair must be above the eyebrows and collar and no longer than mid-ear.
- Boys’ sideburns are to be no longer than mid-ear.
- Boys must be clean-shaven.
- Girls’ bangs must be above the eyebrows; hair must be secured away from the face and out of the eyes.
Jewelry and Make-up
- Students are permitted to wear one watch, one simple necklace with a religious medal or cross, and one pair of small stud earrings; any additional jewelry is not permitted and can be dangerous during times of physical activity.
- Earrings must be located on the ear lobe with only one earring per lobe; earrings may not be hoop style or extend below the ear lobe.
- No student may wear or bring make-up to school. Only clear nail polish is permitted. No acrylic nails or tips of any kind are allowed.
- Body piercing and temporary or permanent tattoos are not permitted.
Special Dress Days
- All tops must have sleeves and must completely cover the chest and midriff when arms are raised above the head.
- Clothes that are tight-fitting (including leggings and jeggings) or that are see-through are never permitted.
- No clothing with inappropriate slogans, pictures, words, or gang affiliations are allowed.
- Torn or battered clothing is not permitted.
- Dresses, skirts and shorts must reach the top of the knee.
- Closed toe shoes and socks must be worn at all times; sandals and flip flops are not allowed on any school day due to safety concerns.
- If it is a PE day, tennis shoes must be worn for PE.