The development of the following uniform policy reflects the input from students, parents, and staff. At the heart of its design lies the mission and philosophy of Sioux Falls Catholic Schools.
A uniform policy demonstrates a visible sign of self-respect and minimizes distractions which can get in the way of learning and also helps eliminate competition in dress and fashion. Ultimately, the uniform policy allows students and faculty the opportunity to focus on our mission.
The uniform policy will be successful only to the extent that students, parents and faculty each accept responsibility for enforcement of the policy. Administration and faculty appreciates everyone’s efforts toward that goal.
Students are to keep their natural hair color with only minimal tinting allowed. Students are allowed to style and tint hair within the realm of normal hair color for that individual. Hair must be neat and clean in appearance and must not be a distraction to others. Boys may not have braided hair or ponytails. Rat-tails, mohawks, or similar styles are not allowed. Boys must keep hair above the collar and eyebrows, and sideburns must not extend below the earlobe. Students are not allowed to have words, insignias, etc. shaved in any part of their hair.
Colors for pants may be khaki or navy blue. This does not include black, grey, rust, maroon, or green. In addition, pants that contain extra zippers or pockets will not be in compliance. Cargo pants do not comply with the O’Gorman Junior High Dress Code. The intended style of pants is that of DRESS PANTS, flat, or pleated front. Pants must be the appropriate size for the individual and will be worn at the waist. Leg length must also be appropriate for the individual. Pants must be hemmed. Pants with frayed ends on the legs are not allowed. Acceptable dress pants may be purchased anywhere. All pants must have belt loops. Belts must be worn at all times. Small logos will be allowed on pants.
Khaki or navy blue walking shorts of twill may be worn from the starting date of school to October 31 and from April 1 through the last day of school. Styles should be the same as the uniform pants guidelines. In determining appropriate length, a student may hold their arms at their sides; the length of the garment must be at least to the bottom of the student’s longest finger. Shorts must be the appropriate size for the individual and will be worn at the waist. All shorts must have belt loops. Belts must be worn at all times. Girls may wear the uniform skirt at any time during the year. The uniform skirt must be purchased through Dennis Uniform Company.
Girls may wear khaki or navy blue capris from the starting date of school to October 31 and from April 1 through the last day of school. All other “pants” guidelines apply regarding capris. Belts must be worn at all times.
Solid navy and white collared polo shirts are part of the uniform at O’Gorman Junior High. Shirts must have a true collar and must be of sufficient length to be tucked in while sitting, standing, or walking. Polo shirts must have sleeves and cannot have writing on them beyond small insignias or logos. T-shirts worn underneath shirts/blouses must be white or navy blue. Shirts must be fully buttoned regardless if an undershirt/camisole is worn. Small logos will be allowed on polo shirts.
Solid (fabric and color) navy and white sweaters will be part of the school uniform. Crew neck, v-neck, cardigan sweaters and sweater vests may be worn. If a sweater is worn, a uniform shirt with a collar must be worn underneath.
A designated O’Gorman lightweight, full-zip jacket purchased through O’Gorman Junior High School, will also be part of the normal school uniform (optional). If the jacket is worn, a uniform shirt with a collar must be worn underneath.
Shoes must have a hard sole and be intended for outdoor wear. Shoes must be fully laced and tied at all times. Sandals, flip flops, boots, and clogs are not allowed. All students must wear socks.
Physical Education Clothing
Shirts may be any white or light gray O’Gorman t-shirt. PE uniform shorts must be purchased through O’Gorman Junior High School. These shorts are also worn for students involved in athletics for game competitions. Socks and tennis shoes are required.
Special Events Wear
On various occasions students (athletes, school-sponsored organizations, etc.) may wear an approved activity shirt during the school day over top of the required collared shirt. This special events wear applies to shirts only. The activity shirt worn must be the same from all students involved in that particular activity and can only be worn during the set activity season. Other regular dress code rules apply. Coaches and advisors are responsible for coordinating the special events wear for their group. The administration must be notified and approve any special events wear.
Alternative Dress Opportunities/Dress Down Days
On specified occasions, students have the option of dressing down from the regular dress code. These days will be announced and must be pre-approved. Student attire must be modest, and appropriate (size and nature of the clothing) for the school environment. Alternative clothing will be provided if the spirit of the dress-down day is not honored.
- No bare shoulders, midriffs, or cleavage
- No offensive writing or symbols on clothing
- No frayed, tattered or torn clothing
- No caps or bandanas
- Shorts length (Only during designated seasonal times of the year) In determining appropriate length, a student may hold their arms at their sides; the length of the garment must be at least to the bottom of the student’s longest finger.
- No spandex workout pants (yoga pants) or leggings
- Shirts that include buttons must be fully buttoned even if worn with a camisole or undershirt
- Pajamas are not allowed unless it is specifically mentioned
- Males are expected to be clean shaven and are not allowed to wear beards, mustaches, or earrings.
- All clothing must fit appropriately.
- Females are allowed to wear earrings, although excessive ear piercings are not allowed.
- Items such as nose rings or tongue rings for either gender are not allowed.
Being unable to list all exceptions to the uniform code, students and parents are asked to cooperate by wearing clothing styles congruent with the intended dress code. Alternative clothing will be provided if there is a violation of the uniform code.