Uniform & Dress Code

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School is a uniform school and students are required to be in complete uniform each school day.  Notice of exceptions to this rule is sent home in advance.  The way a student dresses affects the way he/she behaves. To maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, we expect our students to be neat, clean, tidy and modest in appearance. The dress code is designed to allow our students to concentrate on developing religious, moral and ethical values that enhance positive self-esteem built on personal responsibility and Christian morals values.

Risse Brothers Uniform Company is the exclusive supplier for uniform items.  Risee Brothers is located at 9000 Hempstead Road, Suite 120, Houston, TX 77008. They may be reached at 346-319-4176 (Main Number) and the website is www.rissebrothers.com.

Sweaters, Jackets & Coats
 A red cardigan with St. Peter’s monogram, available through Risse Brothers Uniform Company, can be worn in the classroom and to Mass. St. Peter’s jackets may be worn in the classroom, but may not be worn in church. Non-uniform jackets and coats may be worn to school in cold and wet weather but must be removed when in the classroom or at school functions; Mass, assemblies, and field trips.
Girls’ Uniforms – PreK through 4th
  • Plaid Jumper (Hemline must be to the mid-knee or below) Required for Mass/Special events
  • White button down blouse, short or long sleeves with St. Peter’s monogram on the front – Required for Mass/Special events
  • Tie – Required for Mass/Special events
  • Red Polo shirt with St. Peter’s emblem embroidered on the front
  • Plaid Skorts or culottes – (Hemline must be to the mid-knee or below)
  • White Crew or knee-hi socks – (Anklets or footies are not allowed)
  • Black or Navy belt
Girls’ Uniform – 6th – 8th
  • Plaid skort (Hemline must be to the mid-knee or below) – Required for Mass/Special events
  • White button down blouse, short or long sleeves – Required for Mass/Special events
  • Red vest with St. Peter’s monogram on the front – Required for Mass/Special events *
  • Tie – Required for Mass/Special events (Required when the student is wearing the white Oxford blouse *)
  • Red Polo shirt with St. Peter’s emblem embroidered on the front
  • Plaid Skorts or Navy Shorts – (Hemline must be to the mid-knee or below)
  • White Crew or knee-hi socks – (Anklets or footies are not allowed)
  • Black or navy beltGirls may wear tights (black or white) in cold weather. Girls may not wear leggings under the uniform skirt.
Boys’ Uniforms PreK – 8th
  • Red vest with St. Peter’s monogram on the front – Required for Mass/Special events *
  • White button down blouse, short or long sleeves – Required for Mass/Special events
  • Navy blue uniform pants, with black, brown or navy belt – Required for Mass/Special events
  • Plaid tie – Required for Mass/Special events (Required when the student is wearing the white Oxford blouse *)
  • Red Polo shirt with St. Peter’s emblem embroidered on the front
  • Navy blue shorts – (Hemline must be to the mid-knee or below) May not be worn on Mass days
  • White Crew – (Anklets or footies are not allowed)
  • Black, Brown or Navy beltCargo pants, shorts, or capris are not permissible. Undershirts that are visible must be solid white. Sleeves of undershirts are not to be longer than the sleeves of the uniform shirts.
Shoes
 For safety reasons, thongs, open toed, open back, and high-heeled shoes are not permitted. Students may wear black, brown or navy school shoes, or white tennis shoes, with minimum red or blue trim/lines/stripes, other colors/designs are not allowed. Shoes with characters, lights, or wheels are not permitted. Black, Brown or Navy shoes are required for Mass/Special events. Students can wear tennis shoes on Non-Mass days only. BOOTS are not acceptable footwear, and the students are not allowed to wear them to school.

Acceptable girls’ shoe:
Solid black, brown, or navy Mary Jane, flats, loafers, or baby doll styled shoes

Acceptable boys’ shoes:
Solid black, brown, or navy blue loafers

Jewlery
Girls may wear small, stud earrings.  No dangle or loop earrings permitted.  A modest religious medal or cross on a simple chain, one small ring, and one watch or bracelet are allowed.  Students may be asked to remove any jewelry that might be disruptive to the learning environment.  The school is not responsible for the loss, breakage, or theft of jewelry and/or other personal items.
Non-uniform/Fee Dress Days

Fee Dress Days are held throughout the year.  Students pay a nominal fee for non-uniform attire.  Money collected supports the operating budget of the school, unless otherwise stated.

The following items are guidelines for fee dress days:

PANTS: Pants and shorts are to be worn on the waist with no mid-riff showing between the pants and the shirt.  Shorts must be at least knee length.  Capris, Bermuda shorts, and shorts below the knees are acceptable.
Unacceptable: Ripped, torn, dirty or un-kept jeans or long pants, pants which are too tight or worn at the hips, Short shorts, or bottoms with writing across the buttocks.

SHIRTS: Shirts must cover the shoulders and midriffs, and should have modestly cut necklines.  Writing on the shirt must be appropriate.
Unacceptable: Tank tops, halter tops, crop tops, see-through tops, or shirts whose writing is inappropriate/offensive or can be misconstrued.

DRESSES/SKIRTS: Dresses/skirts must be appropriate length (knee length) and modest cut/fit.
Unacceptable: Mini-skirts/dresses, dresses with spaghetti straps, or any dress or skirt that is too tight.

Hats: Baseball caps or hats may not be worn in the school’s building

SHOES: Closed shoes only
Unacceptable: Open shoes of any kind, including sandals, clogs, jellies, or mules

P.E. Uniforms
P.E. uniforms are required for 6th – 8th Grades, and can be purchased from the school.  The PE uniform consists of the spirit shirt and the students may wear any dark blue shorts they would like for PE class.  We strongly recommend that all parts of each students’ uniform be clearly marked to identify them as his or hers to guard against loss or mix-up, particularly since the students will change for P.E.  Grade points will be taken off of the students’ grades per class period for each missing piece of their P.E. uniforms.

All Students: St. Peter’s Spirit shirt with blue jeans can be worn on the 1st Friday of each month.

All shirts must be kept tucked in at all times.

Grooming
Hair ribbons for girls must be white, navy, red, black, or uniform plaid.  Girls or boys hair must be neat, clean, natural color and appealing and must not obstruct vision.

Caps, earrings, sculptured hair, lines, designs, spikes, ponytails, braids, plats, and similar styles are not acceptable for boys.  Boys’ hair length cannot cover the eyebrows or be longer than the collar of a shirt.

Girls may not wear nail polish of any color or make-up.

Parents are responsible for compliance of the dress code of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School.  Faculty members share the responsibility of enforcement.  The administration reserves the right to decide whether a student’s dress or grooming is in accordance with the school’s high standards.  St. Peter the Apostle reserves the right to send any student home that arrives at school inappropriately dressed.

The Consequences of violation to the dress code are as follows:
1st Offense:  Written warning and telephone call to parent
2nd Offense: Written notice of violation and telephone call to parent.  Parents may opt to bring appropriate clothing by 8:30 a.m. or pay a $10.00 fee.
3rd Offense:  Telephone call to the parent and written notice of violation.  Parent pays required $10.00 fee.

Four or more dress code violations are considered a Level II or III infraction (see Formative Discipline Plan).

The administration reserves the right to ask a student to call a parent to have his/her uniform brought to school if the non-uniform attire is deemed inappropriate.

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