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Dress Code

Harrells Dress Code Guidelines

 
As described in the Parent-Student Handbook
Students should follow the basic guideline of “clean, neat, and unexaggerated.”   The list below is exemplary of Harrells Christian Academy’s expectations; however, it is not an exhaustive list since we obviously cannot cover every example. Clothing must not be disruptive to the teaching-learning process.  The Headmaster or authorized faculty member will determine if attire is disruptive or inappropriate or whether it violates the spirit of this code.  Students in violation will be handled at the School Level Head’s discretion.  If the student is in doubt about an item’s appropriateness, the best advice is to leave it at home. Students who attend school or school functions dressed inappropriately will be required to change clothes before attending class or the school function.  Parents will be called to bring a change of clothing if the student does not have appropriate clothing at school. Standards of dress for athletic events, academic competitions, or other special activities such as field trips will be prescribed by the coach or teacher in charge.
Boys Dress Code
The following items should not be worn at school or at school-sponsored activities:
  1. Tank tops and sleeveless tops
  2. Torn or cutoff pants
  3. Swimsuits, board shorts or athletic shorts for Middle and Upper School students
  4. Swimsuits and board shorts for Lower School students
  5. Body piercing (including ear jewelry)
  6. Sagging pants or pants belted below the hipline
  7. Clothing which displays logos promoting the use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
  8. Clothing  with obscene or suggestive print or which degrades another group of people by race, religion, or ethnicity
  9. Exposed underclothing
Girls Dress Code
The following items should not be worn at school or at school-sponsored activities:
  1. LEGGINGS or YOGA PANTS worn as pants
  2. Tops or dresses in a halter style, strapless on one or both shoulders, or with spaghetti straps.  
  3. Torn or cutoff pants
  4. Track shorts
  5. Swimsuits, board shorts or athletic shorts for Middle and Upper School students
  6. Swimsuits and board short for Lower School students
  7. Shorts, skirts, and dresses which are excessively short or form fitting
To determine appropriate length, a student should put her hands at her side in a relaxed position.  The length must be below the finger tip of one’s extended arm and hand, if not, alternate attire should be chosen.
      8.       Shorts or pants with writing across the seat
      9.       Body piercing (except ear jewelry)
      10.     Clothing which displays logos promoting the use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
      11.     Clothing with obscene or suggestive print or which degrades another group of people by race, religion, or ethnicity
      12.     Exposed underclothing including bralets.
Furthermore, for all students tops and shirts must fully cover the midriff, hats, caps, toboggans, bandannas, visors, or sunglasses may not be worn inside any school building. Headphones are not to be worn at anytime during the school day.  An exception is made for online computer classes in the computer labs and as instructed for use by a faculty member.
Chapel Dress Code  
Chapel dress is worn by all students on Thursdays.
Lower School Chapel Dress
Girls will wear an HCA embroidered polo shirt from Lands End in white, maize, black or evergreen, tucked in and knee-length khaki skirts, knee-length khaki jumpers, or khaki slacks.  
Boys will wear an HCA embroidered polo shirt from Lands End in white, maize, black or evergreen, tucked in and khaki pants (Boys may wear khaki shorts if the Lower School Head announces during hot weather. No cargo pants or cargo shorts are allowed).
Middle and Upper School Chapel Dress
Young ladies may wear dresses, skirts, khaki or dress pants and a collared shirt.  Dresses and skirts must fall below the fingertip in length             and not be nylon, polyester, or spandex fitted skirts or dresses.
Young men must wear a collared shirt tucked in and khaki or dress pants or slacks.
Under no circumstances are any jeans, shorts, sweatshirts approved for Thursday chapel for young ladies or men.  Hoodies are to be removed before chapel begins.