GENERAL UNIFORM POLICIES (taken from the Parent/Student Handbook)
The entire school uniform is available from Dennis Uniform Company located at:
6459 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Phone Number: (818) 887-5378
Students are expected to wear clean, complete uniforms every day beginning the first day of school. All uniforms must fit properly. No oversized clothing is allowed. The uniform must be worn to and from school except when students are participating in school-sponsored activities, or are enrolled in the After School Care Program.
Color: Any color leather, suede, or canvas athletic style tennis shoes may be worn.
Style: Athletic type leather, suede or canvas shoe with laces or Velcro closures may be worn. No slip-on tennis shoes or Mary Jane style shoes are allowed. Boots, UGG Boots, sandals, slip-on style, patent leather, platform soles, shoes with zippers or wheels, shoes with any lights, or backless mule style shoes are NOT permitted either.
Socks: White, navy or black solid color socks. Socks with logos are permitted. The logo should be in white, black, navy blue, or red only.
White, black, or navy tights or long leggings are acceptable for girls. The socks must cover the bottom of the leggings.
Girls: Hair must be neat and clean and cut in an appropriate style. Hair may not interfere with vision by covering the eyes. Tinted, highlighted, streaked, frosted, bleached or dyed hair is not allowed.
Boys: Hair must be neat, clean and cut in an appropriate style that is above the ears and eyebrows and is one inch above the collar. No “fad” hairstyles such as STEP, SPIKED, or PONY TAIL styles are permitted. Tinted, highlighted, streaked, frosted, bleached or dyed hair is not allowed. Boys must be clean-shaven at all times.
Make-up or its residue and false nails are not permitted. Students may wear clear chapstick. No body art (tattoos) whether permanent or temporary is allowed.
Girls: One small stud earring per ear is allowed. Excessive amounts of jewelry and inappropriate jewelry such as, hoops and dangling style earrings, oversized necklaces or bracelets are not allowed.
Boys: Earrings may not be worn to school. Oversized, inappropriate, or excessive amounts of neck chains or bracelets are not allowed.
Girls: Only moderate hair accessories are acceptable. Head coverings such as hats or scarves are not allowed. Feathers are not allowed.
Boys: Head coverings of any sort are not allowed.
Girls/Boys: The red St. Mel uniform sweater, sweatshirt or blue St. Mel jacket may be worn by all students to school. The 8th graders may wear their class sweatshirt. Only sweatshirts or sweaters may be worn in the classroom. Sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets must be purchased at Dennis Uniform. Oversized sweatshirts or school jackets are not acceptable.
On very cold days, a white or navy turtleneck shirt may only be worn underneath the uniform blouse or shirt. It may not be worn alone. Students may wear a raincoat or bring an umbrella in rainy weather.
P.E. Uniform: St. Mel red P.E. shorts and grey P.E. shirt must be worn by students in 1st through 8th grades for P.E. class. The shirt and shorts may be worn under their uniform. P.E. shorts must not hang below the skirt, jumper, or shorts. Students may also wear St. Mel Sweatpants for P.E. between November 1st and March 31st. P.E. shorts, sweatpants, and shirts are available only at Dennis Uniforms.
Book Bags: All students must have and use a book bag beginning with the first day of school. Oversized bags are a hazard to free movement in the classrooms. Fire ordinances require that nothing be in the classroom aisles. Book bags must fit inside of classroom cupboards per fire safety regulations.
K – 3rd: Plaid uniform jumper, navy culottes/skorts, navy walking-length shorts, or navy pants, all of which must be purchased at Dennis Uniform, may be worn. Jumpers, culottes, skorts and shorts must be of a modest length, and the skirt must be no shorter than the top of the knee cap. Additionally, girls in K-3 must wear navy blue bike shorts under their jumpers.
Girls may wear a white or navy polo shirt with or without the St. Mel logo or a uniform blouse with a rounded or pointed collar without lace, logo or trim. All blouses and shirts must be tucked in.
4th – 5th: Plaid uniform skirt, navy culottes/skorts, navy walking-length shorts, or navy pants, all of which must be purchased at Dennis Uniform, may be worn. Culottes, skorts, shorts, and skirts must be of a modest length and must be no shorter than the top of the kneecap. Rolling of skirts is not allowed.
Girls may wear a white or navy polo shirt with or without the St. Mel logo or a uniform blouse with a rounded or pointed collar without lace, logo, or trim.
6th – 8th: Plaid uniform skirt, navy culottes/skorts, navy walking-length shorts, or navy pants, all of which must be purchased at Dennis Uniform, may be worn. Culottes, skorts, shorts, and skirts must be of a modest length, and must be no shorter than the top of the kneecap. Rolling of skirts is not allowed.
Girls may wear white, navy, light blue, hunter green or red polo uniform shirts. The only acceptable logo on the polo shirt is the “St. Mel” logo. Shirts must be tucked in.
K – 8th pants: Navy twill/cord pants or navy shorts, all of which must be purchased at Dennis Uniform, may be worn. Pants and shorts must be worn at waist and fit student appropriately. Baggy or loose fitting pants are not permitted.
K – 5th shirt: White or navy polo uniform shirts with or without a St. Mel logo must be worn. Shirts are available at Dennis Uniform. Shirts must be tucked in.
6th – 8th shirt: White, navy, light blue, hunter green, or red polo uniform shirts may be worn. The only acceptable logo on the polo shirt is the “St. Mel” logo.
Wednesday Mass Uniform
Students attend Mass on Wednesdays and must wear the Mass Uniform this day. All students must wear either a white or navy polo and may wear the red St. Mel sweater or sweatshirt. Girls should wear the assigned jumper, skirt, skort, short, or pants and boys should wear the navy shorts or pants.
Periodic uniform checks will be made throughout the school year and students not adhering to the dress code will receive a uniform notice for the infraction. After three notices, the student’s conduct grade will be affected and parents will be notified. Additionally, junior high students will be assigned lunch detentions for repeated uniform violations. The Administration reserves the right to address dress code violations in any manner deemed appropriate, up to and including the parent coming to school with the appropriate article of attire or the student being sent home.
Spartan Club T-Shirt
The Spartan Club t-shirt may be worn any day, excluding any Mass days. The Spartan Club t-shirt will be distributed to students at school. Any student who earns an “O” or “G” in Behavior and Work Habits and/or receives a “Wooden Award” is a member of the Spartan Club and will receive a t-shirt.
“Free Dress” does not exist at St. Mel. However on specific days designated by the administration, students are allowed to wear clothing other than school uniforms. On these days the following guidelines must be followed.
Pants/Shorts: Pants and shorts of any color may be worn. They must be clean and neat with no holes or ragged edges. They cannot be oversized or revealing. Leggings may not be worn. Length of shorts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee. No short shorts! Students may not wear any pajama bottoms.
Shirts: No spaghetti straps, tank tops or mid-drifts are allowed. No shirts with inappropriate writing, pictures, insignias, etc. All shirts must be of an appropriate length so that when the students lift his/her arms over their head, no skin is revealed.
Dresses/Skirts: Dresses and skirts must be modest and appropriate for a Catholic school. Length should be no more than 3 inches above the knee.
Sweaters/Sweatshirts: Sweaters and sweatshirts of any color may be worn. They must be clean and neat with no inappropriate writing, pictures, insignias, etc.
Shoes: Athletic type leather, suede or canvas shoe. Boots, UGG Boots, sandals, slip-on style, patent leather, platform soles, lighted soles, shoes with zippers or wheels, or backless mule style shoes are NOT permitted either. No crocs.
Any student who goes beyond the school’s notion of appropriate dress will be barred from attending class until appropriate dress can be arranged.
Student should wear his/her regular uniform shirt, socks and shoes with any solid color jean skirt, walking length shorts, or long pants. They must be clean and neat with no holes or ragged edges.