The goal of the Dress Code policy is to ensure neatly dressed students as befits a serious educational endeavor and to avoid the distractions of status and protest. In addition, C2E students are held to higher expectations as they represent our school and community whether on or off campus. Actions speak louder than words and our actions reflect a great deal of our moral character at C2E. Therefore, adherence to this policy is more than simply a rule, it is a requirement as we model excellence for each other and our community and thus, there is no excuse for not following this expectation.
C2E is a Kindergarten through 8th grade school and middle school students have additional responsibility to model for their younger peers. As a result of this privilege and opportunity, middle school students have also earned dress options not provided to elementary school students.
The Principal has the final decision of acceptability for any dress code issues in question beyond this policy, which there shouldn't be if this policy is followed with fidelity. However, changes to this policy will rarely take place during a school year to provide a consistent expectation for all
Dress Code Guidelines
- The students are required to wear dress code clothing in P.E.
- All before and after school activities on campus, or off campus (i.e. field trips) where the students are representing C2E, require dress code attire.
- Clothing shall be appropriately tailored within one full clothing size of the child’s measured size for their comfort and safety.
- Clothing must be worn as designed and may not be worn in a manner considered offensive or sloppy.
- C2E recommends French Toast, Land’s End, Educational Outfitters, or Dennis Uniforms for exact compliance to the C2E dress code.
- Dennis Bel-Aire plaid, C2E’s school green plaid, can also be found at Frenchtoast.com.
Shirts and Sweatshirts
- Long or short sleeved collared polo shirts or turtlenecks of any solid color; except fluorescents as they are reserved for the C2E Service Team members. The C2E logo is the only acceptable logo on any polo shirt worn at C2E.
- Polo shirts must have no more than four buttons and be without pockets.
- All shirts must be tucked in. Only a white undershirt may be visible above the collar or below sleeves. Printing or graphics on an undershirt may not be visible through the polo.
- Girls may wear white button-up blouses with rounded (peter-pan) collars.
- Button-up cardigans, v-neck or crew neck pullover sweaters (long-sleeve or vest) are acceptable in navy and crimson/red (the school colors) or white.
- “Cardigan” is defined as a pull-over or button down sweater, without a hood or zippers
- Solid colored (navy, crimson/red or white) Sweatshirts, Hoodies, and Fleecewear are allowed only if they display the school logo.
Pants and Shorts
- Pants and shorts must be solid navy or khaki in color – no logos or other decorations.
- Tailored Chino or Docker style pants and shorts (no flaps on side pockets). Elastic waistlines are not allowed. The skinny jean style pant/short is unacceptable. A tapered leg or bootcut pants are acceptable.
- Pants and shorts are to be appropriately worn at the waistline.
- Pants and shorts should have no more than 4 pockets.
- Shorts must be thumb length or longer.
- Cargo style pants/shorts or any pants/shorts made from a denim material do not comply with C2E dress code.
Skirts, Skorts, and Jumpers
- Skorts, skirts, and jumpers must be navy, khaki, or Bel-Aire plaid.
- Skirts may be with or without pleats.
- Lycra gym shorts that do not show below the hemline of the skirt may be worn with all skirts and jumpers that do not already have them sewn in.
- Polo-shirt style dresses do not comply with C2E dress code.
- Shorts/skorts/skirts must be thumb length or longer.
Tights, Leggings and Socks
- Socks or tights must be worn at all times.
- Nylon tights may be worn in place of shorts with jumpers, skirts and skorts.
- Tights must be white, navy, opaque, or skin color.
- Full length leggings (navy or white) are an appropriate substitute for tights. Leggings may not have mesh, designs, or cutouts.
- Students in 3rd grade and above must wear belts with any clothing that contains belt loops or originally had belt loops even if belt loops cannot be seen under sweatshirts or hoodies.
- Belts must be solid black, brown, or navy.
- Belts and belt buckles must be free of any design, decoration such as holes, studs, rhinestones, or patterns.
- Belts must have modestly sized, standard buckles.
All footwear must have a closed toe and heel. Sandals, clogs, slippers and open dress shoes are not permitted. Shoes with wheels in the bottoms are not allowed. No boots of any kind are allowed to be worn in the building. Students may not wear any type of “crocs” to school.
Casual, Dress, & Athletic Shoes
Shoes must be free of designs/decorations (i.e. cartoon characters, glitter, stripes) and must be non-neon in color. Any solid neon colored shoes are not allowed. Brand logos on shoes are acceptable (logo may be neon). Traditional, white, athletic shoes with non-marking soles should be worn for gym and may be worn to school. Solid color high top tennis shoes are allowed. Girls only may wear heels that are no more than one inch in height. Black “Mary Jane” style shoes or flats are allowed.
Snow and Rain Boots
Snow boots, hiking boots, and rain boots such as galoshes are permitted during extreme weather, but are not allowed in the classrooms. Each student must bring acceptable shoes to be worn in class and during school activities.
Hair and Nails
- Hair must be kept neat, well trimmed, groomed, and clean-cut so bangs do not cover eyes.
- Hairstyle and accessories must be non distracting.
- Hair should not be dyed any color that is not considered ‘natural’ for human hair.
- Hair styles may not include stripes, carvings, mohawks, rat tails, tall spikes, or other distracting styles.
- Pony tails must be worn at the back of the head.
- Hair pieces, such as feathers and beads, are not permitted.
- Hair shall be neat in appearance.
- Solid color nail polish is permitted but multi colored or decorated nails are not permitted as they may be a distraction. For example, no black, metallic (of any kind), neon, patterned (checkered, striped, plaid, crackled, etc.) or logos/decals.
- Watches are acceptable but may not contain inappropriate language/symbols.
- Hats are allowed to be worn outdoors only and may not have inappropriate language/symbols on them.
- Sunglasses are allowed to be worn outdoors only.
- One set of post earrings are allowable on the earlobe. Dangle earrings are not allowed (safety).
- Body and/or face piercings, with the exception of the aforementioned earrings, are not allowed.
- Necklaces that are composed of a chain no wider than 1/8” may be worn.
- Necklaces may have a small (no larger than a ½” long or wide) pendant.
- Students may wear a total of 1 accessory per arm (bracelet or watch) that is not distracting to the learning environment.
- Silicone or rubber bracelets of any kind are not permitted unless provided by the school.
- For safety reasons, students will be asked to tuck necklaces inside their shirts.
- C2E is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items and accessories.
Middle School Students
All of the above compliance details apply to Middle School Students (grades 6-8), but with age comes increased responsibility and privilege. Therefore C2E Middle School students may also add the following options to their dress code.
- Middle School students may change into P.E. clothes that follow dress code guidelines.
- Button-up cardigans, v-neck or crew-neck pullover sweaters (long-sleeve or vest) are acceptable in navy and crimson/red (the school colors) or white.
- Middle School Students may add grey and black colors for pants, shorts, and skirts and cardigans.
- Solid colored (navy, crimson/red,black, grey or white) sweatshirts, hoodies, and fleecewear are allowed if they display the school logo or have no other logo on them.
- Students may wear very light makeup, but it must be neat and natural in appearance.
- Students may wear white or light blue button down Oxford Style shirts.
Dress Down Days
Dress down days are a privilege at C2E and must be earned.Cleanliness and neatness of appearance are important at all times as C2E students represent C2E on and off campus. Dress down days will be awarded throughout the year for various special events and occasions. Elementary students have an added reward for adhering to our core values of PRIDE and can earn PRIDE tickets daily to be in a drawing weekly for a dress down day.
- Clothing containing wording or images that are racial, vulgar, or offensive in any way is not allowed.
- Clothing that is tight or revealing (i.e. tank tops or spaghetti, midriffs, low rider or sagging pants) is not allowed.
- Plain leggings may only be paired with a top that completely covers their backside.
- Bottoms (shorts, skorts, skirts) must be at least thumb length or longer.
- Clothing with tears or holes are not permitted.
- Students going on field trips must adhere to the dress code as we all represent our community. This expectation will hold true, even on dress down days unless otherwise determined by the Principal or their designee.