Dress Code

Holy Cross Lutheran School requires all students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 to adhere to the Dress Code. The purpose of the Dress Code is to build school spirit, provide security and identification, and reduce difficulties arising from fashion trends.
All clothing shall be appropriate for a Christian school.

We understand that difficulties may arise with having clothing that adheres to the Dress Code ready to wear every day. Therefore, we are prepared to make temporary allowances to meet emergencies. However, when a student comes to school exhibiting non-conformity to the Dress Code, the student will be sent to the office and a parent will be called. The child may be asked to remain in the office until the correction is made.

Parents may purchase clothing anywhere, such as at JC Penney’s, Target, or other department stores, as long as the clothing adheres to the Dress Code. Parker School Uniforms at 650 North Carriage Parkway (687-4634) carries a wide variety of clothing that meets our Dress Code guidelines.

Parents are encouraged to send outgrown jumpers and skirts to the school office for our exchange program. These will be available to parents at no charge.


As parents, it is your responsibility to make sure that your child comes to school properly dressed. Please make sure your child is dressed according to the Dress Code before he/she comes to school. If you have any doubt as to whether an article of clothing satisfies the requirements of the Dress Code, please contact the school office or a member of the Dress Code Committee.



  • No hairstyles that cause a distraction to the learning environment, such as Mohawks will be permitted, except at the principal’s discretion.
  • No unnatural hair colors will be permitted except during spirit week.


  1. Oxford shirts — long or short sleeved, with a collar
  2. Polo style knit shirts — long or short sleeved, with a collar
  3. Turtleneck shirts — long sleeved, worn under oxford shirts, polo shirts, jumpers, sweaters, or Spirit-wear sweatshirts

*Students in K-4 may wear a turtleneck without the outer layer.

  • The shirt colors are solid white, light blue, and navy blue.
  • Only solid white undershirts may be worn under Dress Code shirts.
  • No emblems or brand name labels, other than Holy Cross Lutheran School, may be worn on shirts.
  • Only Booster Club blue or gray sweatshirts, fleece vests, or jackets may be worn.
  • Booster Club T-shirts are not part of the Dress Code.
  • Dress Code shirts must be worn under the sweatshirts,  fleece vests, or jackets.
  • All shirts must be tucked in.
  • Sweatshirts should not have holes, tears, or be frayed.

Dress Slacks/Pants and Dress Shorts:
Slacks/pants and shorts may be either solid navy blue or khaki (tan) in color. Natural waist and mid-rise slacks/pants and shorts are acceptable. Low-rise are not acceptable. They may be pleated or flat-front and may come with or without cuffs.

Shorts may be worn only during the months of August, September, October, April, and May. The length of shorts may be no shorter than mid-thigh when standing and no longer than to the bottom of the knee. Mid-thigh is defined as half the distance from the top of the knee to the crotch.

The following are not allowed:

  • Baggy slacks/pants or shorts
  •  Low-rise slacks/pants or shorts
  •  Capri pants
  •  Slacks/pants and shorts with cargo pockets
  •  Denim, corduroy, and knit fabrics
  •  Decorative trimmings including rivets


Girls in Grades K- 4 need to wear any navy blue uniform jumper.

Girls in Grades Grades 4-8 may wear any navy or khaki uniform skirt that is no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.  Examples equivalent to Parker styles 171 and 177 in either navy blue or khaki (tan) shown here.

  • The length of jumpers and skirts must be no shorter than two inches above the knees.
  • Shorts worn under jumpers and skirts may be of any color and should not hang down under the skirt line when standing.


Socks and Tights: White, black, or navy blue (no neon colors), socks or tights are to be worn with all types of shoes and sandals.

Leggings and Knit Pants: Solid white, black, or navy blue leggings or knit pants may be worn under jumpers or skirts.

Shoes: Shoes must have either a strap around the back of the foot or have a totally enclosed heel.

Sweaters: Solid navy blue or white uniform sweaters may be worn over shirts. No emblems or brand name labels may be worn on sweaters.

Jewelry: All jewelry must be modest in style and quantity. The classroom teacher will determine what is modest.

Head Coverings: No hats, caps, scarves, or other head coverings may be worn.


Scouts: Students participating in scouting programs may wear their official scout uniform on the days of their meetings.  Denim skirts are allowed and must be according to the free dress guidelines.

Lutheran Schools Week and Spirit Week (Topeka Tournament)*: Students not participating in the selected Spirit Dress must follow the Dress Code.

First Friday of the Month: The first Friday of the month is Spirit Day. Students may wear Holy Cross Spiritwear or class t-shirt and jeans. Shorts or Capri pants may be worn during August, September, October, April and May. See the free Dress guidelines for specific details on shorts and Capri pants.  No athletic attire is permitted on Spirit Day. Dress code pants, shorts, or skirts are also permitted.

Last Friday of the Month: The last Friday of the month is a Free Dress day. Students may dress according to the Free Dress guidelines.

Christmas*: Students may wear Christmas attire on the last day before Christmas break.

Birthdays: Students celebrating a birthday may have a Free Dress day. Students may dress according to the Free Dress guidelines.

* Specific guidelines will be addressed in the weekly school newsletter.


  • Christian principles of school dress will be followed.
  • Denim pants or jeans, corduroy or knit slacks/pants, and wind-suits may be worn. Jeans and pants should not have holes, tears, or be frayed. Sweatpants may not be worn.
  • Sweatpants, yoga/spandex, and form fitting pants or jeans may not be worn.
  • Shorts or Capri pants may be worn in August, September, October, April, and May. Shorts are to be no shorter than mid-thigh—half the distance from the top of the knee to the crotch.
  • Skirts and dresses are to be no shorter than two inches above the knee.
  • T-shirts, including those purchased from Booster Club, may be worn.
  • No suggestive clothing may be worn. Shirts must be long enough so that skin is not visible at any time. Low cut tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, and “see-through” mesh shirts may not be worn.
  • No violent, suggestive, or offensive pictures, logos, or words may be worn on any clothing.
  • The principal may grant occasional exceptions to the Dress Code for special days and circumstances.

Dress Code Faculty Reps

Gwen Thomas                           687-3278

Deb Snow                                   927-3046

Jacob Kelly                                218-2722

Michele Zimmerman

Krista Thomas

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