Dress Code

School Dress Code

Purpose: Zion Lutheran School wishes to help each individual student develop a reverence for God, a respect for others and self, and to create a safe and healthy environment. The traits listed help students, parents and teachers to create a proper learning environment. To help develop these traits, promote unity, and develop and maintain a good self and school image, Zion Lutheran School has adopted the following dress code policy, which will be enforced by the principal, faculty, and staff. The cooperation of both parents and students with this policy is essential.

It is impossible to make precise rules about every clothing item, but we trust that our students will follow the guidelines laid out and approved by Zion’s Board of Education.

Dress Code Guidelines:

Standard (Normal Day) Guidelines

  • Solid color Polo Shirt required for all students. Shirts must be tucked in for students in grades 5 and up.
    • Solid color long sleeve shirt may be worn under polo shirt
    • Zion Sweatshirt (any Zion-logo sweatshirts purchased at school, including hoodies) may be worn over polo shirt
    • Solid color sweaters in Navy, Black, or White may be worn over a polo shirt
    • Jumpers in Khaki, Navy, or Black may be worn over a polo shirt.
  • Khaki, Navy, or Black Pants, shorts, skorts, skirts, or capris required for all students.
  • Students wearing skirts must wear shorts or leggings under their skirt. Leggings must be black or navy in color.
  • Polo Dresses, in a solid color, are permitted, provided that shorts or leggings are worn underneath. Leggings must be black or navy in color.
  • Makeup (in Moderation and Neutral Tones) for 7th and 8th grade girls only.
  • Closed toed shoes and socks must be worn at all times.

Dress Down Days—Students MAY wear

  • Jeans/Denim pants free from holes, tears or fray
  • Cargo pants or shorts
  • Sleeved shirts with appropriate graphics and wording
  • The theme of dress for the day

NEVER Permitted

  • Torn, ripped, or frayed clothing of any type
  • Clothing intended to be worn as underwear/sleepwear
  • Boys or girls hairstyles that are excessive or in any way cause a disruption in our school day including but not limited to mohawks or shaved patterns in hair.
  • Hairstyles that do not allow for a clear line of vision (hair must be out of eyes)
  • Earrings for boys
  • Visible undergarments or lingerie items (this includes but is not limited to bottoms of undershirts or tank top straps)
  • Body Piercing (other than pierced ears for girls)
  • Oversized pants or cut-off shorts
  • Hats, hoods or bandanas or scarves (dressy or outdoor) as indoor wear.

General Dress Guidelines

  1. All clothing must be neat, clean and in good repair. It is not appropriate to wear frayed, torn or sloppy clothing for school dress.
  2. Accessories not to be worn in the building would be as follows: caps, gloves, mittens, hats, sunglasses, sweat bands, chains, tattoos, earrings for boys and body piercing. Make-up is not allowed (7th and 8th grade girls may wear neutral colored makeup), nor should hair spray, perfume or scented lotion be brought to school.
  3. Hair styles, both boys and girls, should reflect a clean and neat appearance. NO EXTREMES. No part of the hair should be bleached or dyed an unusual color. The shaving of any part of the head or hair carvings will not be acceptable. Hair should be no longer than the eyebrows and should not fall over the eyes on any student. Boys’ hair should be no longer than the earlobes and not extend below the collar of a dress shirt or be worn in a ponytail.
  4. For health and safety, shoes* must be worn with socks at all times in school (*required by the State of Wisconsin). Laces should be tied and open-heeled shoes must have an ankle strap around the back. (7th and 8th grade girls are not required to have an ankle strap.) Flip flops are not allowed. Athletic shoes must be worn for Physical Education. If your child does not have his/her shoes, he/she will not be allowed to participate.
  5. Appropriate winter attire including warm coat, snow pants, boots, hat and gloves or mittens are required to play on snow mounds or in the snow. Students without boots or snow pants will be restricted to the cleared asphalt areas. We do have outside recess during the winter. Appropriate winter wear is a must.
  6. Jackets and other outer apparel are not to be worn in the classroom during the school day. If a classroom teacher feels wearing a coat or jacket is necessary, it will be permissible only in that classroom, on that occasion.
  7. We should remember as Christians we are as Scripture says, “a peculiar people.” That means that even though we are in the world, in certain things we are to set ourselves apart from the world. Even though Scripture doesn’t specifically talk about what we are to wear, our choice of clothes is to fit the occasion and activity we are engaged in. Scripture also admonishes us to do everything in moderation and to His glory. As a Christian Day School, our student body should reflect these directives in Scripture by what we wear as well as by how we act. Please remember that dress can influence conduct. The dress code is designed to keep our students looking like the fine young Christian men and women they are.

For field trips, Christmas Services, special events and graduation guidelines will be given in accordance with our philosophy of teaching appropriate dress for special occasions.

All children are expected to be in dress code as listed previously. Failure to do so will result in the parents being called at home or at work and asked to bring the appropriate clothing to school or to take the child home. The student will be expected to wait in the secretary’s office and will not attend class until in dress code.

Dress Code Enforcement

If a student is not dressed properly, the student will be sent to the school office to call home, and a parent or care giver must bring in appropriate clothing to wear. It will be up to the discretion of the principal as to when the child returns to class. All teachers are responsible for enforcing the dress code policy. When there is a question regarding the school dress code, the principal shall have the authority in interpreting all dress code guidelines.