Uniforms and Dress Code
Helias Catholic High School believes in the enforcement of a student appearance code for several reasons:
- A uniform appearance gives students a feeling of equality, provides a visible sense of school unity and identity, and contributes to the professional atmosphere that should exist in a school;
- School is not a recreational or social activity. The appearance / clothing of our students should reflect the seriousness of the educational process;
- What students wear and how they look speaks of the pride they take in themselves and Helias;
- Respect for oneself and others is shown through personal appearance and neatness;
- Abiding by the appearance code creates self-discipline.
With this in mind, Helias has a uniform dress code which lists specifically what may be worn to school.
General Points Applicable to All Students
- Students are to be neatly dressed / well-groomed during the school day. By definition, the school day begins when a student enters the building in the morning, so students are expected to be in compliance with the appearance code and are subject to being fined for violations before school.
- Extremes in personal appearance are not permitted.
- Decisions on the acceptability of student appearance will be made by the administration.
- All clothing is to be modest, of proper fit, neat, clean, and worn as designed at all times.
- Pants with patch pockets, rivets, frayed cuffs, holes, or split seams are not acceptable.
- If an item of clothing is not mentioned herein as being allowed, it should not be worn.
- Visible tattoos and jewelry in body piercings other than girls’ earrings are not permitted.
- Undershirts/undergarments must be white and no printing on the t-shirts may be visible through the uniform shirt.
- Hats/headwear may not be worn in the building.
- Accessories (scarves, etc.) are not permitted.
- Ink marks on the body are unprofessional, immature, and must be removed.
The following items of clothing are provided by vendors selected by Helias. All shirts, sweatshirts sweaters, jackets, and pullovers will have a Helias logo embroidered on the left chest and are purchased through Helias with payment expected at the time orders are placed.
- Polo shirts in both long and short sleeves in navy, white, and sunflower.
- Long sleeved button down collar dress shirts in white and light blue. A tie may be worn any time with this shirt and students are encouraged to do so.
- Either the polo or the button down collar dress shirt must be worn under the sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, and pullovers described below.
- All uniform shirts must be tucked in during school hours.
Sweaters & Sweater Vests
- Navy blue V-neck pullover sweaters and sweater vests; heather blue cardigans.
- Navy blue crew neck sweatshirts.
- Girls may choose to wear a specific grey, navy, white, gold plaid skort/culotte available through Helias. The skort must come within 3” of the top of the knee and may not be rolled at the waist to shorten the skort.
- Prior to 2013 Helias Catholic had a designated warm-up jacket permissible for school wear. That jacket is no longer available and should not be purchased elsewhere to wear at school. However, students who own that jacket may continue to wear it for school.
- Students may wear solid navy blue blazers to school.
- Khaki colored dress pants.
Material must appear pressed and pants that are manufactured to have a wrinkled look are not permissible. Patch pockets (sewn to the outside), rivets, and any frayed material on the pants are prohibited.
- Black or brown leather belt. If pants have belt loops, a belt with no adornments must be worn. Large/decorative belt buckles are not permitted.
- Sturdy (closed heel and toe and substantial sole) dress shoes of smooth black, brown, or cordovan smooth leather.
- Leather deck shoes/topsiders that are primarily shades of brown with small amounts of other fabric are permitted.
Shoes are to be kept clean and dress shoes polished. Suede shoes, boots, and tennis shoes are not permitted.*
* If a student is injured and wearing tennis shoes is indicated, it may be approved for up to two days with a parental note brought to the business office. Notes must be taken to the business office and approved before school. If approved, the student will be given a tennis shoes permit which grants that permission or be subject to a dress code fine. If tennis shoes are medically necessitated for a longer period of time, a note from a licensed healthcare provider will be required. A new provider’s note and a written explanation of why the tennis shoes are necessary must be provided each quarter by those who need to wear them long term. The excuse that orthotics do not fit in shoes deemed acceptable by Helias is invalid and will not be accepted. Tennis shoes worn long-term as a result of a doctor recommendation must be in good condition in keeping with the dressier look of the Helias appearance code.
Boys and girls must wear matching socks which must be visible at all times. If a girl chooses the skort/culotte option, she must wear crew or knee length solid white, grey or navy socks or tights.
Hair must be neat, clean, and combed. The appropriateness of hair style and coloring will be determined by the administration. Hair must be a natural hair color. If a student’s hair color is deemed inappropriate, he/she is subject to an appearance code fine each day until the hair can be dyed back to an acceptable, natural color.
For boys, hair must be off the eyebrows; half of the ears must be visible; hair length in back may not overhang the collar. Shaggy hair will not be permitted. Those determinations will be made by the administration. Ponytails or any type of head band are not allowed. Unless special permission is granted by the administration to the contrary, students must be clean shaven, no beards or mustaches are allowed. Sideburns may not extend below the ear lobe.
Accessories (scarves, bandannas, cummerbunds, etc.) are not permitted. Jewelry must be simple and appropriate for school.
Girls: No more than two earrings are permitted in each ear. Girls may carry purses/handbags only large enough to accommodate personal hygiene items, a calculator, and wallet. Purses may not exceed 12” in length or 8” in height. Large purses/bags must be left in the locker during the school day.
Boys: Earrings are prohibited, as are the studs which are worn when ears are newly-pierced. Covering studs with tape or a band-aid is not permitted.
Dress Down/Blue Jeans & Athletic Shoes Days
The administration may designate a day as a casual dress day where students may wear blue jeans & casual shoes. Jeans may only be blue in color and may not have cargo pockets. On such days only clean blue jeans may be worn. No holes, tears, frayed bottoms, or overalls are permitted. A belt with a buckle must be worn if there are belt loops. Casual shoes must be clean and without holes and must be closed toe shoe. Sandals are not permitted. Visible socks are required. Regular school shirts are required unless otherwise specified. Under no circumstances may a shirt/top from another high school be worn. Students in violation of the dress code on casual day will be fined.
The blue jeans & casual shoes dress code is acceptable for summer school classes at Helias.
Household T-shirt Days
On days designated by the administration, households may wear their house t-shirts with jeans and casual shoes. A student may choose to wear a solid navy, gray, or white long sleeve t-shirt underneath the t-shirt.
Dress Code for School Dances
- Throughout the school year, Helias sponsors student dances, such as Homecoming and Prom, for which girls dress formally or semi-formally. For these activities it is important that the student keep in mind that attire must be appropriately modest for a Catholic high school event. If a student is dressed inappropriately, the student may not be allowed to enter the event until the parent can provide more suitable clothing.
Formal Dances (Homecoming / Prom)
Girls: Formal dress which must be in good taste, modest and appropriate.
- Dresses may not be low cut and must cover the entire front of the body. Explanation: if you place your thumb in the soft spot in your throat between the clavicles and form a fist, the dress may be no lower than the bottom of your fist. All skin below the fist on the front of the body (all the way to 4” above the knee) must be covered with solid (not sheer or see-through) material. Further, if you take the side seams on a regular shirt (from armpits to the waist), all skin on the front of the body between those seams must be covered.
- Dresses may be backless to the waist.
- There are no restrictions on shoulders or shoulder straps.
- Dresses may be no shorter than four inches above the top of the kneecap.
- Slits in the dress may be no higher than mid-thigh.
- Girls not in compliance my not be permitted to enter the dance, parents will be called.
- Non-Helias student guests are to be in compliance with Helias Catholic dance dress code
- Boys: Suit or tuxedo preferred; sport coat, dress slacks, dress shirt, tie, dress shoes, and socks required. No head covering.
Semi-Formal Dances (Sadie Hawkins)
Girls: Dress or skirt and blouse must be in good taste, modest and appropriate. Girls who choose to wear formals have the same rules as for formal dances (above). Shoes are required.
Boys: Sport coat, dress slacks, dress shirt, tie, dress shoes, and socks required. No head covering.
Casual Dances (Back-to-School, After-Game Dances, etc.)
It is required that Helias students and their guests (when permitted) will dress modestly and appropriately for all dances. Failure to do so will result in calling the parents.
Girls: No backless or strapless blouses or dresses, halter or tube tops, shorts, or bare midriffs
Boys: No cut-off shirts, bare midriffs, head coverings, or shorts