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    DRESS CODE

    Our dress code is based on the biblical principles of modesty, neatness, and appropriateness. Modesty is mentioned often as an important character quality (1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:5, 6). Modest people don’t go out of their way to bring undue attention to themselves. Likewise, neatness and appropriateness are important as we seek to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ. We need to be examples for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:2). We also desire to give a good report and not be offensive in anything we do. This suggests living differently than the world (1 John 2:15). In addition, dress is to be distinctively masculine and feminine, reflecting a wholesome appreciation for God’s creative plan (Deuteronomy 22:5). As we determine to glorify the Lord in all we do (1 Corinthians 10:31), these qualities help us to do that in the area of dress.

    It is also important to realize that parents, as the primary educators of their children (Deuteronomy 6; Ephesians 6), play a key role in this area of dress code. It is incumbent upon parents to guide and supervise their young people in the selection of appropriate clothing. Accordingly, this dress code is intended to make known in as clear a way as possible the position, guidelines, and restrictions of Harvest Christian Academy in the area of dress.

     


    LOWER SCHOOL—GRADES K-5


    GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
    • All HCA students should exhibit modest and developmentally appropriate dress. 
    • All clothing must be tag/label and logo free.
    • Excessively tight fitting or baggy clothing is not permitted.
    • Hats are not to be worn inside the building.
    • Body piercing is not permitted (single ear piercing for a girl is permitted).
    • Body tattoos are not permitted.
    • Students must stay in school uniform until dismissal is complete.
    • Our uniform provider is Land's End but you are welcome to shop in uniform sections at a local retail store.

    BOTTOMS

    • Colors are to be solid navy or khaki only.
    • Material of bottoms are to be a woven (not knit) such as gaberdine, twill, corduroy.
    • Slacks style options can be loose-fitting, flat front or pleated dress slacks.
    • Cargo pants/shorts are permitted.  
    • Shorts that are mid-thigh in length are permitted. Though shorts may be worn throughout the year at the parent’s discretion, please wear weather-appropriate attire.
    • Low-rise and hip hugging pants are NOT permitted.
    • Jeans are NOT permitted.

    TOPS

    • Polo shirts/blouses must be collared and solid colored in white, gray, navy or light blue in short or long sleeves without a branding logo.
    • HCA Crest is permitted when purchased from Land's End, but not required.
    • Layering with turtlenecks or crew-necks is permitted as long as all layers conform to color requirements while the outer layer conforms to shirt color and style requirements.
    • Sweaters can be crew-neck, v-neck or cardigan style or vests. They are to be navy, white or gray.  Collared shirts/blouses are required under the sweater or vest.
    • HCA spirit wear is permitted any day.
    • HCA athletic camp shirts are permitted any day.
    • HBC, Camp Harvest, High 5, Lions Soccer Club or Lions Baseball Club shirts are NOT permitted.
    • Hooded sweaters and hooded vests are NOT permitted. 
    SHOES/SOCKS
    • Solid colored dress or casual shoes in black, brown, navy, gray or white are acceptable for daily wear. 
    • Athletic sneakers in any colors are permitted.
    • Shoes with lights, wheels, characters, spinners or platforms are NOT permitted.
    • Shoes should be properly tied at all times. Velcro shoes are acceptable.
    • Socks are required.  They should be navy, khaki, gray or white in color.
    • If a no show sock is worn, it may be in any color.

    SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR LOWER SCHOOL GIRLS
    • Single ear piercing is permitted.
    • Simple jewelry is permitted. 
    • Excessive jewelry such as: large hoop earrings, nose rings, excessive hand rings, necklaces, bracelets or extra earrings is NOT permitted.
    • Excessive make-up is NOT permitted.
    • Unnaturally colored hair is NOT permitted.
    ​BOTTOMS FOR GIRLS
    • Skirts- solid khaki or navy (without slits) or Harvest plaid (available through Lands End Uniform Store) be of modest (not more than 2” above the knee) length.
    • Skorts- solid khaki or navy (mid-thigh in length) are permitted. 
    • Capri pants-  solid khaki or navy are permitted.
    • Bike shorts or leggings in navy, white or gray must be worn under jumpers, skirts and skorts.

    DRESSES/ JUMPERS FOR GIRLS

    • Jumpers- solid khaki or navy or Harvest plaid (available through Lands End Uniform Store) must be of modest (not more than 2” above the knee) length.
    • One piece dress-shirts without branding emblem are permitted in navy and gray.

    SHOES/SOCKS FOR GIRLS

    • Girl’s shoes must be closed toed and closed heeled and no more than 2 inches high.
    • Knee socks, tights or ankle socks are permitted in navy, khaki, gray or white.
    • Hair is expected to be clean, neat and not cover the eyes.  Extreme design and unnaturally colored hair are not permitted. 
    • Hair ornaments must be modest and colors must coordinate with school clothing.
    • Boots are allowed for grade five only.

    SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR LOWER SCHOOL BOYS

    • Boys must be clean-shaven.
    • Boys may not have piercing.
    • Hair is expected to be clean and of modest length.  Extreme design, unnaturally colored, sculpting, shaving and spiking are not permitted.

    TOPS FOR BOYS

    • Oxford button down shirts are permitted in white, light blue.
    • Only striped short sleeve or long sleeve polo's from past uniform suppliers in white/navy are permitted.

    CONSEQUENCES FOR DRESS CODE VIOLATION IN THE LOWER SCHOOL 

    The guidelines described herein are not meant to be prescriptive, but merely reflects HCA’s philosophy that students dress with modesty and are neatly groomed.  We acknowledge the various styles of dress and the desire of students to dress “in style”.  We have attempted to bring variety in color, style, and selection of dress code pieces in order to provide some choice.  The dress code compliance offers students the opportunity to show love for God through their obedience.   We expect parents to support and enforce these dress code guidelines with their children.  As such, the following consequences will be upheld for violating the HCA dress code policy (per trimester):

    Offense 1: Written warning by teacher.
    Offense 2: Parents are called - student to wait in office for parent to bring uniform adjustment.
    Offense 3: Same as offense two, and also a parent conference is held.
    Offense 4: Disciplinary action

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    MIDDLE SCHOOL—Grades 6-8

    GENERAL GUIDELINES
    • All HCA students should exhibit modest and developmentally appropriate dress.  Apparel should not, in any way, cause distractions of any sort.
    • All clothing must be branding logo free. 
    • Tight/excessively baggy fitting clothing is not permitted.
    • Slacks are to be navy or khaki, loose-fitting, flat front or pleated dress slacks of twill, gabardine, wool or corduroy (not knit material.) 
    • Cargo style pants are permitted but low-rise and hip hugging pants are not permitted.  
    • Denim (jeans) of any color is not permitted. 
    • Dress Capri or Bermuda shorts with the bottom hem no higher than three inches from the top of the knee, may be worn.
    • Shoes must be worn at all times. Sneakers are acceptable for daily wear.  Sneakers may not have lights, wheels, characters, or platforms.  Shoes must be tied appropriately
    • Hats are not to be worn inside the building.
    • Body piercing is not permitted.
    • Shirts/blouses must be collared, solid white, navy or light blue.  Rugby style shirts in school colors are also permitted.  Layering is permitted as long as all layers conform to color and style requirements.
    • Crew-neck, v-neck or cardigan style sweaters and vests in navy blue are permitted.  Collared shirts/blouses are required under the sweater or vest.  
    • Any HBC/ HCA logo branded t-shirts are permitted.  
    • All students, grades 6 – 8, are required to wear PE uniforms during gym class.  These are available through the Lands End Uniform Store. Our preferred school number is 900137142. Purchase gray essential t-shirt and navy mesh shorts.  Both shirt & shorts require our HCA logo when purchased. Pricing for 2014-15 is as follows:
     Boy's size mesh shorts $13.00 $2.50 logo
       Girl's size mesh shorts
    $13.00 $2.50 logo
     Men's size mesh shorts  $17.00 $2.50 logo    Women's size mesh shorts $17.00  $2.50 logo
     Boy's size essential shirt  $10.00 $2.50 logo
       Girl's size essential shirt
    $10.00 $2.50 logo
     Men's size essential shirt
    $13.00 $2.50 logo
      Woman's size essential shirt
     $13.00 $2.50 logo
    • Gym shoes with non-marking soles are required.
    • Students must stay in school uniform until dismissal is complete.

    SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS

    • Khaki or navy solid jumpers must be of modest (not more than 3” above the knee) length.  Girls may also wear Harvest plaid available through Lands End Uniform Store. Our preferred school number is 900137142.  
    • Khaki or navy solid skirts (without slits) must be of modest (not more than 3” above the knee) length.  Girls may also wear Harvest plaid available through Lands End Uniform Store. Our preferred school number is 900137142.
    • No bare midriff is permitted.
    • Blouses must be collared, solid white, gray or navy.  Polo, turtlenecks, oxford button-downs and cotton blouses are permitted.  Layering is also permitted as long as all layers conform to color and style requirements.
    • Girls dress shoes must be closed toe and no more than two inches high. 
    • Hair is expected to be clean, neat and not cover the eyes.  Extreme design and unnaturally colored hair are not permitted.  Hair ornaments must be modest and colors must coordinate with school clothing.
    • Jewelry must be simple.  Nose rings and excessively large hoop earrings are not permitted.
    • Single ear or multiple ear piercing is permitted for girls.
    • Excessive make-up is not permitted.

    SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS

    • Boys must be clean-shaven.
    • Boys may not have piercings.
    • Shirts must be collared, solid white, gray or navy.  Polo, turtlenecks, oxford button-downs (white or light blue) and striped rugby style shirts are permitted.  Layering is also permitted.
    • Hair is expected to be clean and of modest length.  Extreme design, unnaturally colored, sculpting, shaving and spiking are not permitted.

    CONSEQUENCES FOR DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL 

    The guidelines described herein are not meant to be prescriptive, but merely reflects HCA’s philosophy that students dress with modesty and are neatly groomed.  We acknowledge the various styles of dress and the desire of students to dress “in style”.  We have attempted to bring variety in color, style, and selection of dress code pieces in order to provide some choice.  The dress code compliance offers students the opportunity to show love for God through their obedience.   We expect parents to support and enforce these dress code guidelines with their children.  As such, the following consequences will be upheld for violating the HCA dress code policy:

    Where a dress code violation may be remedied on the spot (immodest or inappropriate), the teacher will direct the student to do so. When this type of violation becomes habitual or the type of dress code violation cannot be remedied on the spot, then the student will be sent to the office. The consequences of coming to the office include (per quarter):

    Offense 1: Warning
    Offense 2: Parents are called - student to wait in office for parent to bring uniform adjustment
    Offense 3: Parents are called - student to wait in office for parent to bring uniform adjustment and detention
    Offense 4: Disciplinary action could include suspension


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    HIGH SCHOOL—Grades 9-12

    The dress code at Harvest Christian Academy is based on the biblical principles of modesty, neatness, and appropriateness. Modesty is mentioned often as an important character quality (1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Thess. 4:5, 6). Modest people don’t go out of their way to bring undue attention to themselves. Likewise, neatness and appropriateness are important as we seek to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ. We need to be examples for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:2). We also desire to give a good report and not be offensive in anything we do. This suggests living differently than the world (1 John 2:15). As we determine to glorify the Lord in all we do (1 Corinthians 10:31), these qualities help us to do that in the area of dress.

    It is also important to realize that parents, as the primary educators of their children (Deuteronomy 6; Ephesians 6), play a key role in this area of dress code. It is incumbent upon parents to guide and supervise their young people in the selection of appropriate clothing. Accordingly, this dress code is intended to make known in as clear a way as possible the position and guidelines in the area of dress at Harvest Christian Academy.

    Some general principles of the high school dress code include:

    Clothing should be modest, neat, and appropriate for the school environment.

    Modest
    Clothing should not be tight, clingy or form fitting. Midriffs should not show when reaching or bending. Ladies’ necklines should not be revealing. The length of skirts or dresses should be knee length or below. Ladies should have their shoulders covered; no spaghetti straps.

    Neat
    Clothing should be in good repair. Belt lines for pants should not sag.

    Appropriate
    Writing on clothing which is inappropriate or brings undue attention should not be worn. Capris with the bottom hem no higher than three inches from the top of the knee, may be worn.  Sweatshirts are permitted, but pajama wear and sweat pants are not permitted unless otherwise allowed on a specific day (i.e Spirit Week.) T-shirt type shirts will be permitted, but t-shirts designed to be undergarments (undershirts) are not to be worn as outer garments. Footwear (shoes, sneakers, sandals, etc.) should be worn at all times. 

    This abbreviated dress code is purposely shortened to eliminate the large lists of “do’s” and “dont's” that often come with a dress code. The code falls under the categories of modest, neat, and appropriate as stated above.  The administration may need, from time to time, to clarify the code with students. We hope this guide helps students to wear clothing which is appropriate. Please contact the school office if you have any questions. 

    The administration will make every effort to clarify acceptable formal wear standards. For special occasions such as  Homecoming, winter dances and Prom.  Students who fail to adhere to formal wear standards maybe asked to leave the formal event or be given something modest to wear during the event.

    DRESS CODE INFRACTION PROCEDURE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS  The purpose of a dress code is to motivate self-discipline in the areas of modesty, neatness and appropriateness. It is the responsibility of parents to help educate a student in appropriate dress. It is the responsibility of the student to make proper choices which glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the responsibility of teachers to enforce the dress code at HCA. 

    When a dress code issue can be corrected immediately (sagging pants, etc.), the teacher will speak with the student concerning the issue and have the student make necessary corrections immediately. No further action will be taken. However, if the student continues to persist with these “correctable” issues, the teacher should send the student to the principal where he/she will be subject to the disciplinary steps noted below.

    If the dress code issue cannot be corrected immediately (i.e. short skirt, inappropriate pants, etc.), the teacher will discuss the matter with the student and send the student to the Upper School Office where the student will be subject to the disciplinary steps noted below. The student shall remain in the office until the infraction has been remedied. 

    Continuous or blatant dress code infractions will result in (per quarter):
    Offense 1: Warning.
    Offense 2: Parents contacted.
    Offense 3: Detention.
    Offense 4: Disciplinary action; could include suspension.

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    DRESS FOR PHYS ED CLASSES (Grades 6-12)

    All students, grades 6 – 12, are required to wear PE uniforms during gym class.  These are available through the Lands End Uniform Store. Our preferred school number is 900137142.

    Purchase gray essential t-shirt and navy mesh shorts.  Both shirt & shorts require our HCA logo when purchased. Pricing for 2014-15 is as follows:

    Boy's size mesh shorts $13.00 $2.50 logo

    Girl's size mesh shorts
    $13.00 $2.50 logo
    Men's size mesh shorts $17.00 $2.50 logo
    Women's size mesh shorts $17.00 $2.50 logo
    Boy's size essential shirt $10.00 $2.50 logo

    Girl's size essential shirt
    $10.00 $2.50 logo
    Men's size essential shirt
    $13.00 $2.50 logo

    Woman's size essential shirt
    $13.00 $2.50 logo

    • Gym shoes with non-marking soles are required.





    MISCELLANEOUS
    We appreciate parents and other adults chaperoning field trips to wear appropriate and modest dress.
    The official HCA uniform supplier is Lands’ End. There are several reasons for this choice including, the brand recognition of a national company, and the high quality of clothing, honest value, competitive pricing, an excellent reputation for service and a return policy called Guarantee. Period.®. Returns are accepted for any size issue or product defect even if the item has been embroidered, washed or worn.

    Convenience and variety of shopping venues include:
    • Catalog by mail or phone
    • Website
    • Lands’ End Inlet & Lands’ End at Sears stores

    The Inlet and LE Shop @Sears stores may not carry our specific HCA uniform code, but you may try on and order clothes from the kiosk at those stores. When your order is placed in this manner – you will receive free shipping to your home. 

    When ordering by phone, catalog, or website, please refer to our Preferred School number: 900137142.  By using this number, you will see what clothing styles and colors are available to our school families. And a contribution of up to 3% of all sales from the Uniform line of Lands’ End product is given back to HCA.

    Go to the Lands’ End link below to access the Lands’ End website or download the flyer here. 

    As an added bonus, GIFT$ supplies Lands’ End gift cards with 16% going toward your tuition account. Now get great deals on great clothing and save on tuition at the same time.

    Go to Lands’ End School Uniforms to outfit your boys and girls in clothing that meets dress codes and exceeds expectations. Shop online at landsend.com/school. The HCA preferred school # is 900137142.

     

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