Uniform and Dress Code

Excerpted from the 2020-2021 School Family Handbook, beginning on page 32. You may download this document at the bottom of this page. This is the updated dress code with changes approved by the CABOD in March 2021. The updated portion is in blue text.
 
PURPOSE OF THIS HANDBOOK:   The CABD, Faculty, and Administration welcome you to Caprock Academy. This handbook has been prepared to inform you about Caprock Academy’s mission, philosophy, policies, and practices.
 
Policy SE 4.2 – Dress Code
Uniform Dress Code for all Students K-12
 
1) Uniform Bottoms - Pants/Skirts/Skorts/Shorts
 
a. Style and Material:
     i. Classic uniform style and material (e.g., not denim or corduroy material; not cargo, Capri, or legging style; no embellishment, such as stripes, embroidery, extra zippers, rhinestones, etc.).
    ii. Waistbands may be regular, contour, casing, elastic, or a combination; and with or without belt loops (Note: if belt loops removed, then holes sewn up; if elastic, then no external drawstrings).

b. Colors:
     i. Solid Khaki/Tan or Navy Blue.

c. Length (when standing):
     i. Uniform Pants – the bottom edge may fall anywhere from the top of the shoe to the heel of the shoe.
     ii. Uniform Skirts/Skorts/Shorts- the bottom edge may fall anywhere from the top of the knee to the bottom of the knee.

d. How/When Worn:
     i. Uniform Pants - waistband sits at the waist, above the hips; worn with a Uniform Belt [see below] if pants have belt loops;
     ii. Uniform Shorts - waistband sits at the waist, above the hips; worn with a Uniform Belt [see below] if shorts have belt loops; may be worn from the first day of school until Fall Break, and then, again, from the first day of school after Spring Break until the last day of the school year.
     iii. Uniform Skirts/Skorts - waistband sits at the waist, above the hips; worn (1) with a Uniform Belt [see below] if skirts/skorts have belt loops; (2) with a pair of close fitting (e.g., bicycling or athletic), matching-color shorts; and (3) with Uniform Tights [see below] (from the first day of school after Fall Break until the last day of school before Spring Break).
 
2) Uniform Jumpers and Polo Dresses
 
a. Style and Material:
     i. Uniform Jumpers - Classic uniform style and material (e.g., not denim or corduroy material; no embellishment, such as stripes, embroidery, extra zippers, rhinestones, etc.); may be sleeveless or short sleeved.
     ii. Uniform Polo Dresses – Classic polo knit material; may be short or long sleeved.
     iii. Uniform Jumpers and Polo Dresses – may be with or without waistband; waistbands may be regular, contour, casing, elastic, or a combination and with or without belt loops (Note: if belt loops removed, then holes sewn up; if elastic, then no external drawstrings).

b. Colors:
     i. Uniform Jumpers - Solid Khaki/Tan or Navy Blue.
     ii. Uniform Polo Dresses – Solid Red, White, or Navy Blue.

c. Length (when standing):
     i. Uniform Jumpers and Polo Dresses - the bottom edge may fall anywhere from the top of the knee to the bottom of the knee.

d. How Worn:
     i. Uniform Jumpers and Polo Dresses - worn with (1) either a Uniform Belt [see below] or matching fabric, solid color belt, if Uniform Jumper/Polo Dress has belt loops; (2) with close fitting (e.g., bicycling or athletic), matching-color shorts; and (3) with Uniform Tights [see below] from the first day of school after Fall Break until the last day of school before Spring Break.
     ii. In addition, Uniform Polo Shirts [see below] are worn under sleeveless Uniform Jumpers.
 
3) Uniform Tops
 
a. Style and Material:
     i. Classic polo shirts; knit material; with collars; short or long sleeved, with or without Caprock Academy official logo (but no other logos).

b. Colors:
     i. Solid Red, White, or Navy Blue.

c. How Worn:
     i. Top button (if any) may be left undone; Uniform Tops are tucked into Uniform Bottoms; short sleeve t-shirts, in solid red, white, or blue color, may be worn under short or long sleeve Uniform Polo Shirts; long sleeve t-shirts or turtle neck shirts, in solid red, white, or blue color, may be worn under short or long sleeve Uniform Polo Shirts.
 
 
4) Uniform Shoes
 
a. Style and Material:
      i. Classic Dress Shoe and Saddle Shoe styles (e.g., not hiking boots, cowboy boots, work shoes, or combat boots)- leather or leather-like material; lace-up or slip–on; closed heel and closed toed; top of the shoe may extend up to the ankle; Dress Shoe heel of up to 2 inches.
     ii. Sneaker styles (athletic style, jogging or tennis shoes) – leather, leather-like, or fabric material; lace-up or slip–on; closed heel and closed toed; may be high or low top.
    iii. No wheels or lights or embellishments (e.g., sparkles, glitter, rhinestones, pom-poms, etc.).
 
b. Colors:
     i. Uniform Dress Shoes and Sneakers – Navy Blue, Black, White, Brown, or Red (both the main color of shoes and the color of any laces, trim and/or decorative components).
     ii. Uniform Saddle Shoes – any combination of Navy Blue, Black, White Brown, or Red (all for main color of shoe/contrast saddle color, and color of any laces and/or trim).

c. How/When Worn:
     i. Uniform Sneakers are Uniform Shoes for gym class.
     ii. At all other times (e.g., in class), Uniform Dress Shoes, Uniform Saddle Shoes, or Uniform Sneakers may be worn for Uniform Shoes unless expressly required otherwise (e.g., concert dress).

d. Exception:
     i. Snow Boots - from time to time, permission may be given for snow boots to be worn outdoors, on playgrounds and fields, in relevant weather conditions.
 
5) Uniform Socks and Tights:
 
a. Style and Material:
     i. Uniform Socks – any style from footie to knee sock; solid color; may have small (up to ¼ inch) additional band of color at top; any material.
     ii. Uniform Tights – plain (e.g., no fishnet), close fitting, full length (waist to toe) leg wear; traditional tights or pantyhose material.

b. Colors:
     i. Uniform Socks - solid Black, Brown, Tan, White, Navy Blue, or Red (for main color of Uniform Socks and trim).
     ii. Uniform Tights - solid Black, Brown, Tan, White, Navy Blue, Red, or color matching student’s skin tone.

c. How/When Worn:
     i. Uniform Socks or Tights are worn with Uniform Shoes.
 
6) Uniform Belts
 
a. Style and Material:
          i. Uniform Belts for Uniform Bottoms – plain, smooth or woven leather/faux leather material.
         ii. Uniform Belts for Uniform Jumpers or Polo Dresses – plain, smooth leather/faux leather material, or fabric and solid color material matching Uniform Jumper/Polo Dress.
         iii. For all Uniform Belts – plain style (e.g., no grommets, logos, words, or embellishments); and simple, plain metallic buckle (e.g., no rodeo-style or other uniquely shaped buckles).

b. Colors:
         i. Solid Navy Blue, Black, White, Brown, or Red.

c. How/When Worn:
i. Uniform Belts are worn at the waist of Uniform Bottoms, Uniform Jumpers, and Uniform Polo Dresses WITH belt loops; buckle worn centered on the body.
 
7) Uniform Outerwear
 
a. Uniform Sweaters and Uniform Sweater Vests – in sweater, knit material; pullover, cardigan, or vest style (all without hoodies); in solid colors of Navy Blue, Red, or White, may be worn at any time.

b. Official Caprock Logo Uniform Fleece Jacket – as and when approved by the Head of School (for style, logo, color, etc.) and available for purchase, an Official Caprock Logo Uniform Fleece Jacket may be worn at any time (see below for all other fleece material clothing).

c. Official Caprock Letter Jackets – Official Caprock Letter Jackets may be worn at any time.

d. All Other Jackets, Sweatshirts and Sweaters - (with or without hoods) may be worn for warmth: to/from school, between classes, during outdoor lunch/recess, and with express permission as may be needed for cold conditions in other circumstances; and will otherwise be stored during classes.
 
8) Official Caprock Spirit Wear and Spirit Days
 
a. Official Caprock Logo Tops of any style or material (including tops with hoodies), are Official Caprock Sprit Wear and, on official “Spirit Days,” may be worn anywhere, at any time (including in the class room, during classes).
 
9) Caprock Uniform – Additional Appearance Elements and Universal Exclusions
 
a. Hair - Hair may be: any natural shade of hair color (e.g., black, blond, brown, red, gray, or white); dyed or highlighted in any such natural shades of hair color (but not dipped, dotted, striped or blocked dye patterns); and worn in any style, including full or partially shaved (so long as style does not risk injury to wearer or another, or impede the ability of the wearer or another to fully participate in academic or physical activities, e.g., sharp pointed spikes; blocking the reasonable view of others, etc.). Faces are clean-shaven and side burns can be worn to the bottom of the ear lobe.

b. Hair Accessories – Traditional hair accessories (e.g., head bands, hair ties, elastics, barrettes, feathers, etc., but not hair nets, or bandanas) may be worn in the colors of Red, White, Navy Blue, Black, or Brown, in a size up to the wearer’s fist.

c. Headwear – Hats, bandannas, and sunglasses may be worn outdoors and stored while indoors. Headwear required by religious affiliation will be accepted.

d. Jewelry – any of the following jewelry may be worn: Earrings - up to 2 pairs, which may have gems, and be up to the size of a nickel (but not ear “plugs” or “spools,” and no other jewelry in any other body piercings); Necklaces - metal-tone and fine linked or leather, with any pendant concealed under the Uniform Top; Watch - one traditional watch (without characters), with a band material rubber-like, metal toned, or leather, in the colors of Red, White, Brown, Black, Navy Blue, or Red; Bracelets (but not anklets); and Rings – one, metal-toned ring. No jewelry with sharp, protruding, or dangling adornments.

e. Makeup – Beginning in the 8th grade, make-up may be worn (but no face paint, glitter, gems, etc.).

f. Finger Nails – when in Caprock Uniform, nails (natural or artificial) are worn finger-tip length; and may be worn with polish - in a solid color (e.g., no stripes, dots, characters, gems, glitter, etc.) of Red, Navy Blue, White, or skin tone (of the wearer); or in a “French Style” manicure, the base of which is in a solid skin-tone (of the wearer) and the tips of which are in a solid color of Red, Navy Blue, or White.

g. Tattoos- when in Caprock Uniform, temporary or permanent tattoos are covered (not visible).

h. Universal Exclusions – the following exclusions apply to any apparel worn by students at any school (or school-sponsored) event or activity: no advertising of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, other controlled or illegal substances; no slogans or statements with sexual innuendoes; and no identification with membership in a gang.
 
Additional Uniform Items for High School Students (9-12)
 
1) Additional Material and Style for High School Uniform Bottoms (Pants, Skirts, Skorts, and Shorts) – High School students may also wear these Uniform Bottoms in a classic dress style and material (in addition to a classic uniform style and/or material).

2) Additional Colors for High School Uniform Bottoms, Jumpers, Polo Dresses, Polo Shirts, T-Shirts/Turtle Neck Shirts (Worn Underneath Polo Shirts), Shoes, Socks, Belts, Sweaters, Sweater Vests, Hair Accessories, and Nail Polish – in addition to the colors approved for all students, High School students may wear any of these Uniform items or elements in solid gray or black colors.

3) Additional Material, Style and Colors for High School Uniform Dress Tops – In addition to the Uniform Polo Shirt, High School Students may wear classic, button down, dress shirts, in the solid colors of Oxford or Navy Blue, Red, Maroon, Black, Gray, or White (High School Uniform Dress Shirt); and a crew neck t- shirt may be worn underneath in a solid color of any of these colors.

4) Jackets, Blazers, Sports Coats, and Suits for High School Uniform – High School Students may wear a solid color, Navy Blue, Gray, or Black Jacket/Sport Coat/Blazer or dress suit; Full-length or ¾ length sleeves; all to be worn with a High School Uniform Dress Shirt.

5) Ties and Suspenders for High School Uniform Dress Shirts –A High School Dress Shirt may also be worn with: a Uniform Tie - in a single, solid color of, or pattern primarily in the color of, Red, White, Navy Blue, Brown, Black, or Gray (with stripes, plaid or dots also in these colors); and/or Uniform Suspenders – in a solid (unadorned) Navy Blue or Black color worn along with a Uniform Belt.

NOTE – with these additions, the Uniform Dress Code for all students are still applicable to High School Students and the expanded range of High School Uniforms (e.g., Appearance Elements, length of Uniform Bottoms, wearing Uniform Tops tucked into Uniform Bottoms, etc.).
 
Other Dress Codes/Exceptions to Uniform Dress Code
 
1) There are other Dress Codes for extra-curricular school activities (e.g., sports, dances, etc.). Those Dress Codes are either set out in other Caprock Academy policies or will be provided by the School Representative (e.g., Athletic Director, Sponsoring Teacher) in charge of that extra-curricular activity.

2) Exceptions to the Uniform Dress Code above may also be made for:
     a) Special event days, which have been pre-scheduled and approved by the Head of School;
     b) Students participating in scouting programs who wish to wear the Scouting uniforms on meeting days;
     c) Proper Military Uniforms on meeting and ceremony days; and
     d) Such accommodations as may be required to address a student’s temporary or long-term medical or physiological needs or in respect of (and to comply with all applicable laws concerning) a student’s religious beliefs and/or national origin, cultural or ethnic practices. Please do direct any questions or requests in these areas to the Deans of our school.
 
Dances
 
1) For all school dances, permission slips for students will be distributed, in advance, providing information for the dance, including the dance’s theme and suggested dress guidelines (e.g., Fifties, Luau, semi-formal, formal). We encourage students to wear clothes that embrace the dance’s theme. In all events, students’ clothing should not expose their undergarments or midriffs, or advertise tobacco, alcohol, or illegal substances; should not reflect slogans or statements with sexual innuendoes; and should not identify membership in a gang.

2) Parents/guardians are asked to sign dance permission slips and students will need to provide the signed permission slip for admission to the dance.
 
Note - The CABD FULLY SUPPORTS the discretion of the faculty and administration as they enforce the dress code. Please check with a Dean of Students or designated administrator if you have any questions. This code is for the benefit of ALL our students. Parents, please help your older students set a good example and keep your school clothes shopping within our dress code parameters. The school is not responsible for school clothing purchases that do not comply strictly with our code.
 
Policy SE 4.25 – Personal Hygiene
Students of Caprock Academy should be independent in toileting. On occasion students may have accidents. When an accident occurs, it is the responsibility of the parent to assist the child and to provide clean clothing. If a parent/guardian is unable to be contacted to assist the child, appropriate school personnel will ensure the child has the means to clean up and does not remain in soiled clothing.

If there are repeated accidents, a meeting with the parents, the appropriate Dean of Students or Head of School, and school health official will be held to evaluate the situation.