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    DROP OFF TIMES: Grades K-2 will begin at 7:45am. Grades 3-10 will begin at 7:30am.
     

Uniform & Dress Code

Uniform & Dress Code

Philosophical Basis of a Uniform Policy

It is our expectation that we will have many reasons to be proud of the students at PCA.  It is also our expectation that the vast majority of our students will proactively dress in a manner that will represent their family, their school, and, indeed, themselves in admirable fashion.  Our desire is to provide reasonable, affordable, and enforceable standards that are consistent with our Mission, Vision, and Values. Such standards will quite often differ from those encouraged by media influences and popular culture.

Within our mission, we have stated, “We will provide all students with a premier college preparatory education built on the foundation of good citizenship in collaboration with committed parents, inspiring educators, and motivated students.” The goals of the PCA Dress Code are an extension of that same mission.

A Requirement of Our Students

Student compliance with the dress code is required. Appropriate and consistently applied consequences for non-compliance are clearly outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (Rule Violation 4).  In general, however, students who do not consistently and proactively comply with the policy will experience correction and consequence.

A Partnership with Parents

Parental support of the dress code is essential.  The more effort parents expend in this area before their young person leaves the house, the more time we can invest in instruction.  This is best accomplished by the attitude you model for your student and by carrying out the responsibility you have for sending your student(s) to school in compliance with the dress code. 

Parents/guardians understand that they may be called to the school to bring the correct uniform should a student arrive improperly dressed.  Parents/guardians understand that for after school or evening events and field trips, dress codes must also be followed.  By checking the box on the student application, you have signified the following: We have read, understand, and agree to comply with the entire uniform policy.

The Administration reserves the right to determine appropriateness of dress in cases not covered by the Dress Code or in other cases as they may arise. Your child’s name should be written on all uniform items so they can be returned if found.  Please consider donating all outgrown uniform items to the school for students in need. The PEAK organization also holds uniform exchange nights at specific general meetings.

Approved Vendors & Embroidery

Approved Vendor Information

Local Approved Embroidery Companies

French Toast (Use School Code:QS5IJGE)       
Phone: (800) 373-6248
Fax: (888 )296-4966
www.frenchtoast.com

Casper’s Closet (Apluseveryday)
2270 U.S. 74 Alt,
Forest City, NC 28043
(828) 245-7715
www.casperscloset.net
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Norris Merchandise
2011 South Lafayette Street
Shelby, NC 28152
Phone: (704) 482-8464
Fax: (704) 482-8478
www.norrismerchandise.com

Bradley’s Screen Printing
2522 W Dixon Blvd
Shelby, NC 28152
(704) 484-2077

Whites Embroidery
577 Dick Spangler Road
Shelby, NC  28150
(704) 487-9764

The Sewing Center
937 S. Morgan St.
Shelby, NC  28152
(704) 484-0977

Items Requiring embroidery:

  • Sweatshirts
  • Polo Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Hoodies
  • Blazers
  • Sweater Vests

PCA Uniform Requirements

 

Girls

Boys

Outerwear

(All items in this row may be purchased at the store of your choice)

^ With a small logo consisting of school colors (i.e. solid red jacket with black logo).  No patterns, stripes, etc.

+Can be monogrammed: front left & initials (Only school colors-white, red, or black).

*School apparel item sold through PEAK

· Solid black, solid red or solid white  

 fleece jacket* + ^

· Solid black, solid red or solid white,

 lined & hooded rain jacket*+^

· Solid black, solid red or solid white heavy jacket. + ^

· Red, black, or white hats, scarves, and gloves (solid or any combination of the approved colors).

· Solid black, solid red or solid white  

 fleece jacket* +^

· Solid black, solid red or solid white,

 lined & hooded rain jacket*+^

· Solid black, solid red or solid white heavy jacket.+ ^

· Red, black, or white hats, scarves, and gloves (solid or any combination of the approved colors).

Shirts/Sweaters

(Norris Merchandise, Casper’s, and frenchtoast.com)

· White Camp shirt (Peter Pan/blouse)

· White, black or red polo shirts-mandatory embroidery

· Black, white or red button up sweater-mandatory embroidery

· Black V-neck sweater vest-mandatory embroidery

· White, red or black sweatshirts-mandatory embroidery

· White, red or black hoodies-mandatory embroidery, may not be worn in the classroom or building

· White Oxford shirt

· White, black or red polo shirts-mandatory embroidery

· Black button up sweater-mandatory embroidery

· Black V-neck sweater vest-mandatory embroidery

· White, red or black sweatshirts-mandatory embroidery

· White, red or black hoodies-mandatory embroidery, may not be worn in the classroom or building

Shorts, Pants, Scooters, & Jumpers (Norris Merchandise, Casper’s, and frenchtoast.com)

***Take to Norris for tagging if purchased online.

· Khaki or black shorts- tagged item***

· Khaki or black pants-tagged item***

· Khaki, black, & plaid scooters**

· Khaki, black, & plaid jumpers**

·Safari dress and jumpers for k-5 only

· Khaki or black shorts-tagged item***

· Khaki or black pants-tagged item***

Socks, Shoes, & Accessories

(All items in this row may be purchased at the store of your choice)

**Plaid items are only available through Casper’s Closet and Norris Merchandise.

· Solid white (and plaid trim for girls), solid red or solid black footies, socks or tights-must be worn daily-No leggings

· Solid red, solid white or solid black tights

· 6th grade and above may wear suntan or flesh colored stockings

· Solid white, solid black shoes, or athletic shoes with soft soled, solid white, black or gray soles with accent colors of white, black or gray including the logo. The shoelaces must be white, black or gray. Gray should be an accent color on the shoe, not the prominent color; no patterns.

· Dress shoes: soft soled, solid white or black. Girls may also wear black and white saddle oxfords.

· Solid black or plaid belt**-must be worn daily

· Hair accessories must be school colors only (red, black, or white).

· Jewelry must be school colors (red, white, or black) or gold, brass or silver tones.

· Solid white, solid red or solid black footies or socks-must be worn daily

· Solid white, solid black shoes or athletic shoes with soft soled, solid white, black or gray soles with accent colors of white, black, or gray including the logo. The shoelaces must be white, black or gray. Gray should be an accent color on the shoe, not the prominent color. Black or white should be the prominent color; no patterns.

· Dress shoes: soft soled, solid white or black.

·Solid black belt-must be worn daily

Backpacks & Lunch Bags

(All items can be purchased at a store of your choice)

*School apparel item sold through PEAK

·Backpacks* and lunch bags* must be school colors. There is a preference for solid black or solid red.  However, a combination of red, black, and white will be accepted (subject to Headmaster’s/Deans’ discretion). No characters are allowed.

·We understand it can be extremely difficult to find a backpack without a logo; please make sure all logos are school colors, blend in with the backpack, and take the minimal amount of space possible on the backpack (subject to Headmaster’s/Deans’ discretion).

· Parents may choose to have student’s initials put on backpacks for easy identification. It is not advised to put students’ full names on book bags for safety purposes as these items are also used off school grounds. No other images (i.e. animals, sporting equipment, etc.) should be embroidered on book bags other than the approved PCA logo or student's initials.

· Lunch bags must be school colors.  There is a preference for solid black, solid red, or plaid. However, a combination of red, black, and white will be accepted.

· Backpacks, lunch boxes and purses should not have inappropriate writing, dangling keys, chains, etc. on them (subject to Headmaster’s/Deans’ discretion).

*School apparel including coats, rain jackets, backpacks, and lunch boxes are sold through PEAK.

**Plaid items are only available through Casper’s Closet and Norris Merchandise.

***Pants and shorts purchased from frenchtoast.com can be taken to Norris Merchandise for tagging.

PCA Uniform Expectations

Students must present a modest, clean, and neat appearance at all times, including free dress days, and regular school days. All clothing must be clean, appropriately sized, and worn correctly. Pants/shorts/skorts must be worn at the waist, shirts must be buttoned and tucked in, shoes must be tied or fastened, clothing must be worn right-side-out, appropriate undergarments must be worn, etc. Clothing shall not be excessively worn or have holes. Uniforms are to be of appropriate size – not oversized or undersized. No “low-riding” of pants or shorts will be allowed.

 

Administration reserves the right to request removal of any accessory item.

Length

· Skorts, scooters, jumpers, and shorts may not be shorter than 3” above the knee.  New items must be purchased to replace uniform items as your child outgrows these.

Shirts

· Knit and Oxford shirts must remain tucked in at all times while on campus or attending any off campus school activities.

Shoes

· Velcro must match the shoes.

· Heels may not be over 1” high.

· Students may not wear sandals, flip-flops, clogs, Crocs, Toe-Shoes, mules or boots.

· Shoes must be kept clean and polished, as needed. Shoes must completely cover the foot, must be securely tied at all times, and must fit properly.

· Running shoes are required on gym days.

Sweatshirts & Sweaters

· Sweatshirts may be worn as part of the classroom uniform if clean and must be embroidered.

· Knit shirts, Oxford shirts or camp shirts must be worn underneath sweatshirts and sweaters with the collars pulled out. Other shirts must not be visible under the waist of the sweatshirt.

Undershirts

· Long sleeved shirts must not be worn under short-sleeved shirts.

· Only solid white short-sleeved t-shirts may be worn under shirts or sweatshirts.

Outerwear & Hats

· Hooded sweatshirts and jackets with hoods, need to be removed in the classroom and in the building during the instructional day. (Students will wear them in the gym before school, going out for recess/coming in from recess, class changes at the Learning Cottages, and in the gym after school to be released to their After School Care or car).

·No hats of any kind, including baseball caps, or sunglasses, may be worn in the building.

·Color appropriate hats, scarves, and gloves are allowed in winter while students are outside. Keep school colors in mind.

·Vest jackets are not approved

Jewelry & Cosmetics

· Earrings for girls are limited to two pair in the lobe area only. Two pair of studs OR 1 pair of studs and one hoop or dangling – no more than 1” in 
diameter and no longer than 1” for girls of all grades.

· Girls may wear jewelry that is appropriate for wear at school and is not a distraction. Jewelry must be school colors (red, white, or black) or gold, brass and silver tones.

· Girls may only wear fingernail polish that is clear or very light in color.

· Girls’ cosmetics must be reasonable and modest (Headmaster’s/Deans’ discretion).

· Boys may not wear earrings, large chains, pocket chains, nail polish or cosmetics.

· Students may not wear visible “body piercing” jewelry (such as, but not limited to nose, ear, lip, etc.).

· Students are not allowed to draw or write on themselves or other students. Visible tattoos are not permitted.

Hair Styles

· Students may not wear Mohawks or similarly unusual hairstyles; unnaturally colored hair; spikes; bandanas or other non-approved head coverings at school.

· Hair may not cover the eyes of the students (Exception on head coverings: religious observance; medical reasons or spirit days where hats are allowed).

Backpacks, Blankets, Pillows, & Wraps

·Backpacks cannot be carried around school throughout the day. They must be kept in appointed areas designated by classroom teachers.

· Backpacks, lunch boxes, and purses should not have inappropriate writing (Subject to Headmaster’s/Dean’s discretion), dangling keys, chains, etc. on them.

·Rolling book bags are not allowed unless there is a documented medical reason.

·Blankets, pillows, and wraps may not be brought to school.