Dress Code SY2022-2023
GENERAL DRESS GUIDELINES:
- Clothing worn by Shenandoah students should always be neat, clean, and modest.
- Garments should not be tight or form fitting.
- The clean-cut look will be expected rather than the faddish.
- No sleepwear or pajamas are allowed outside of the dormitories.
- Shoes or sandals must be worn when a student is out of the dormitory.
- Clothing should not advertise or reference music groups, alcohol, cigarettes, slogans, pictures that are offensive, or suggestive of a lifestyle out of harmony with Christian principles.
- No type of head covering is permitted in the classroom buildings, chapel, or church. Exception: Females may wear head scarves or wraps.
- Hair color must be of a natural shade.
- Carvings in hair or slits in eyebrows are prohibited.
- Tattoos and/or body art should not be seen.
- Jewelry is not acceptable at Shenandoah. Please keep your wrists, ankles, ears, necks, etc. “clean” of all adornment.
CLASSROOMS and ADMINISTRATION BUILDING:
The SVA school uniform must be worn in classes, classroom buildings, cafeteria, library, and the administration building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Uniforms must:
- Be purchased from Lands’ End from our Lands’ End approved list (Preferred School Code: 900121252);
- Be properly sized to fit the student (not tight or form fitting);
- Be kept clean and in good repair with no tears, holes, or frayed cuffs.
- Polos: Approved polo colors are: navy, white, evergreen, red, pink, and yellow.
- Pants: Must be straight leg-style, plain-front khaki pants and must be full length. “Skinny” pants or jogger-style pants are not permitted..
- Skirts: Must come to the top of the knee.
- Outerwear: Must be chosen from our Lands’ End approved list and is the only acceptable outerwear that may be worn while in classes, classroom buildings, library, and Twomley Hall from 7:30-3:30. Any other type of outerwear must be removed upon entering Twomley Hall or any other classroom building.
- Acceptable items that may be worn under the uniform are: leggings and tights under the skirt, and long-sleeved clothing under the polo; these must be a solid color. Only items from the SVA-approved list may be worn over the polo.
- Hoodies are not allowed in Twomley Hall from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
BANQUET & SPECIAL OCCASION ATTIRE:
- Guys: Dress should match the occasion.
- Banquet and class dresses/skirts must adhere to the Sabbath Attire guidelines except spaghetti straps are allowed and a halter dress with a neckline and back no lower than the parallel line from armpit to armpit front and back may be worn.
- Dresses/skirts must be no more than 2” above the knee (walking and standing) and may not be tight or form fitting.
- All young ladies must have their dresses approved by the dress committee – no exceptions.
General dress guidelines apply. Tank tops, undershirts, sleepwear, or half T-shirts are not acceptable at any time. We ask students to wear Sabbath clothes to lunch on Sabbath; however, ties are not required for the guys.
GYM AND RECREATION ATTIRE:
General and casual dress guidelines apply in the gym, weight room and during recreation events. Only non-marking gym shoes are allowed in the gym.
- Guys – Shirts must always be worn in mixed company.
- Spandex gym wear must be covered by regular boxer style shorts of an appropriate length. Tops must meet casual dress guidelines.
- Shorts - At a minimum, shorts should be long enough to reach the tips of the fingers when standing and arms are held straight at the sides.
- Tops - Tops may be sleeveless with shoulder fabric at least 2” wide. Tops must be long enough to cover the top button of the pants or skirt.
- Garments should not be tight or form fitting.
- Guys -- Dress slacks and a dress shirt are required attire for Friday vespers. Shirts must be tucked in. Dress slacks and dress shirt with a necktie are required for Sabbath services.
- Girls –
- Dresses, skirts and blouses, or dress slacks are appropriate for all Sabbath services.
- Sleeveless garments are allowed as long as the straps are at least 2” wide.
- Halter tops are not allowed.
- Necklines should be modest in cut and should be no lower than the parallel line from the top of armpit to armpit front and back.
- Sheer material should be avoided.
- Appropriate undergarments should be worn to maintain modesty.
- Hemlines should be no more than 2” above the top of the knee. Slits or openings in skirts/dresses should be modest.
- Garments should not be tight or form fitting. No leggings of any length are allowed.
- Guys – Only modest swim trunks or shorts are allowed. No bikini- or “speedo”-style trunks are allowed.
- Girls – Only modest, one-piece swimsuits are allowed. Swim shorts are required over all swimwear. Bikinis, tankinis, or any other type of two-piece swimsuit are not allowed, even if covered by a t-shirt.
Students who work in the administration building or classroom buildings should remain in School Dress Attire. Certain campus work areas, such as the cafeteria and plant services, have job-specific work attire guidelines. Those guidelines will be presented to the student workers at the beginning of the year during orientation.
DRESS CODE VIOLATION CONSEQUENCES:
- 1st Offense: Faculty/Staff member will enter a behavior report in FACTS and an e-mail will be sent to parents/guardians.
- 2nd Offense: Step 1, plus the student will have a one-on-one meeting with the dean and a call home.
- 3rd Offense: Letter of Advice
- 4th Offense: Letter of Warning
- 5th Offense: Letter of Suspension
TO COMMUNITY STUDENTS
Community students are expected to wear appropriate clothing while participating in any school-sponsored activity whether it is on or off campus, i.e. vespers, outdoor church, field trips, Saturday night activities, etc. Please see the weekend update for required dress for planned activities.