School Policy - Dress Code
Since Christian love and respect should be reflected in all that we say and do, FVL faculty, staff, and students are expected to dress in a God-pleasing manner. Modesty, good taste, cleanliness, and neatness must be important factors to consider when getting ready for school. Modesty and good taste refer to avoiding such things as inappropriate t-shirts, extremes in hair style, and short skirts and shorts. Cleanliness and neatness refer to general appearance and the condition of clothes which should not be worn-out, torn, or dirty.
The dress code is in effect as soon as students enter the school until their departure, or when a student is representing the school in any activity. Failure to comply with any of the items in the dress code may cause a student to be sent home from school to remedy the situation. For the sake of order, when there are differences of opinion concerning dress, the judgment of the FVL faculty and administration is final.
Because fashion often changes, the dress code may also change during the school year. No policy can cover every possible question about dress code, but the following sections attempt to clarify as much as possible.
- Shirts or tops should be collarbone height - the collar should go no lower than the width of two fingers below the collarbone. A shirt or top that does not meet the collarbone requirement may be worn over or under a shirt or top that does meet the requirement.
- Boys' shirts must have sleeves.
- Shirts revealing bare midriffs are not allowed.
- Jeans or other pants that have holes or frayed materials are not allowed.
- Tight fitting leggings, spandex, tights, yoga pants, or similar types of clothing cannot be worn as separates without a skirt or dress covering it, or a top that covers the student to mid-thigh.
- Pajama bottoms may not be worn.
- Dresses and skirts must be no shorter than 3" above the knee.
- Non-athletic modest walking shorts are permitted from April 1 until November 1.
- No cut-off shorts are allowed.
- Shorts should be no shorter than mid-thigh.
- Students must wear footgear. Bare feet are not allowed.
- No skate or wheeled shoes may be worn at any time.
- Piercing jewelry may only be worn in the ears.
- Neck chains, pendants, rings, and wrist bracelets may be worn as long as they do not distract from the learning environment.
- Gauges, spiked jewelry, heavy chains, or visible tattoos are not permitted. (Students with tattoos must keep them covered during the school day.)
- Hair should be clean and neatly trimmed. Any changes in hair color must be a natural color.
- Facial hair is allowed for junior and senior boys and must be neatly trimmed.
- Hats, caps, sweatbands, bandanas, hoods, and sunglasses are not permitted in the school building during the day.
- Clothing displaying any type of logo or slogan that endorses attitudes and actions that violate the school’s Christian principles are not acceptable. These include logos and slogans referencing alcohol, drugs, bars, double meaning, vulgar language, and music (individuals, groups, concerts, album covers, etc., except those associated with FVLHS or WELS music programs).
- Clothing from a non-WELS high school is not to be worn.
- All clothing is to be clean and washed regularly.
- Students should be conscious of their personal body odor, follow good bathing practices, and make use of deodorant.
A faculty or staff member may give a student a warning for the first offense with the expectation that the student will immediately make a change to follow dress code. A detention will be given in all other cases, and the student will be required to make a change to follow the dress code.