09: Dresscode & Appearance

Philosophy:   No aspect of Christian testimony is as readily obvious as is the matter of appearance.  VLA holds that Christians should present themselves so that Christ would be pleased and honored.

Uniform Policy: All students are asked to adhere to the uniform policy.  Uniform clothing may be purchased through Academic Outfitters. Academic Outfitters is located at 700 Alma Road, Suite 112, Plano, TX. Phone:  972-509-0010, Internet site http://www.aoutfitters.com. All Plaid garments must be purchased from Academic Outfitters. Uniform Company: http://www.educationaloutfitters.com/tx/. Polos purchased from other retailers such as JC Penny, Target, Dillard’s, Walmart, Amazon etc. must be purchased from their uniform sections of the store or their websites.

Students who come to school without the proper attention to personal cleanliness, neatness, or uniform dress, will be asked to correct the situation before entering class or when a teacher directs them. This may be accomplished on campus if possible or parents will be called to rectify the situation.

Boys Uniform (Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade)

  1. Pants, shorts, or jeans– Black, blue, khaki, red or navy pants or shorts may be worn.
  2. No clothing may be stained, soiled, have holes, or frayed hems. Shorts are to be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
  3. Polos – Long or short sleeve red, black, or white polos may be worn and must have the VLA logo on the top front left corner in the traditional location for logos.
  4. Dress Shirts – Long or short sleeve white or black button-down Oxford shirts may be worn.  VLA logos are not required on these shirts.
  5. Undershirts – Red, black, or white undershirts maybe worn under polo shirts, oxford dress shirts, and pullover sweaters in the winter. Only white t-shirts may be worn under white shirts, polos, or pullover sweaters.
  6. Sweaters– Red, black or white vests, pullover sweaters, or button-down sweaters may be worn in the winter. No logos allowed on sweaters, i.e. Nike, North Face, Under Armour, or decorative logos of any kind.
  7. Jackets – Red or black solid color polar fleece jackets, VLA letter jackets, and solid jackets (red or black) with VLA logo may be worn in classrooms. Any other brand of jacket may be worn to school but must be placed in a locker.
  8. Hoodies – VLA logo hoodies may be worn.  The hood may not be worn on the head inside the building. Red, black, gray, and white solid color hoodies with no decorations or logos may also be worn.
  9. No hats, caps, or sunglasses are permitted to be worn inside the buildings.
  10. Shoes – All footwear must be closed toed; a full shoe is required for safety.  No military style boots will be allowed.
  11. Socks are required.
  12. Nails – Must be kept neat and clean.
  13. Hair – Must be kept neat, clean and out of their eyes.  No unnatural or distracting hair color will be allowed.
  14. Jewelry – Must not be excessive. No body piercing shall be allowed. No logos or inappropriate emblems allowed.
  15. Undergarments:   Proper undergarments must be worn at all times. No undergarments shall be visible outside clothing at any time.
  16. P.E. and Practice Wear: 6th-12th grades change clothes for P.E. Black or gray jersey shorts (no shorter than 3 inches above the knee) and a VLA Spirit t-shirt or plain red, black, white, or gray t-shirt will be required for P.E. as well as before and after-school sports practice. In addition, students in Pre-K through 5th grades may change clothes for P.E. if required by the teacher.
  17. Spirit wear shirts purchased from VLA may be worn daily. Church event or Christian logo t-shirts may be worn on Fridays.
  18. High School Only:  Black blazers and matching ties may be worn.

Girls Uniform (Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade)
Note:  Skirts, skorts, shorts, and jumpers can be hemmed but not shorter than 3 inches above the knee.

  1. Pants, shorts, jeans, or capris– Black, blue, khaki, red or navy pants or shorts may be worn.
  2. No clothing may be stained, soiled, have holes or frayed hems. Shorts are to be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
  3. Skirts, skorts, or jumpers- solid colors in black, navy, or khaki may be worn. Hemlines must not be shorter than 3 inches above the kneecap. Black modesty shorts are required under skirts and jumpers. VLA Plaid must be red, black, and white.
  4. Polos – Long or short sleeve red, black, or white polos may be worn and must have the VLA logo on the front, left side at the top in the traditional location for logos.
  5. Dress Shirt – White or black button-down Oxford shirts in long-sleeve, short-sleeve, or 3/4 length sleeve may be worn. The VLA logo is not required. Black, red, or white tank tops must be worn under blouses. Only white tank tops may be worn under white polos, shirts, and pullover sweaters.
  6. Sweaters – Red, black or white vests and pullover or button down long-waisted uniform sweaters may be worn. No logos allowed on sweaters, i.e. Nike, North Face, Under Armour, or decorative logos of any kind.
  7. Jackets – Red or black solid color polar fleece jackets, VLA letter jackets, and solid jackets (red or black) with VLA logo may be worn in classrooms. Any other brand of jacket may be worn to school but must be placed in a locker.
  8. Hoodies – VLA logo hoodies may be worn.  The hood may not be worn on the head inside the building. Red, black, gray, and white hoodies with no decorations or may also be worn.
  9. Shoes – All footwear must be closed toed; a full shoe is required for safety.  No military style boots will be allowed.
  10. Socks, tights, or solid black leggings under skirts are required.
  11. Undergarments – Proper undergarments must be worn at all times.  No undergarments shall be visible above the outside garments at any time.
  12. Make-up –If worn, make-up should be applied with great modesty and only to enhance the natural look.  Excessive or extreme make-up must be removed upon request by the VLA administration.
  13. Hair – Must be kept neat, clean and out of the eyes.  No unnatural or distracting hair color will be allowed.
  14. Hair accessories such as headbands and bows may be worn.
  15. Jewelry and accessories – Should not be excessive and should be modest and in good taste.
  16. No body piercing shall be allowed, with the exception of ear-piercing. Jewelry and accessories should not have emblems that are inappropriate and should not be a distraction in the classroom as determined by the administration.
  17. Nails – Must be kept neat and clean. Polish for nails and toenails is acceptable but must be in good taste.
  18. No hats, caps, or sunglasses are permitted to be worn inside the buildings.
  19. P.E. and Practice Wear: 6th-12th grades change clothes for P.E. Black or gray jersey shorts (no shorter than 3 inches above the knee) and a VLA Spirit t-shirt or plain red, black, white, or gray t-shirt will be required for P.E. as well as before or after-school sports practice. In addition, students in Pre-K through 5th grades may change clothes for P.E. if required by the teacher.
  20. Spirit wear t-shirts purchased from VLA may be worn any day. Church event or Christian logo t-shirts may be worn on Friday.
  21. High School Only – Black blazers and matching scarves of your choosing may be worn.

Special Day Dress:  There are times during the school year when the school’s administration plans for special days when the student may wear designated clothing styles for the purpose of unity and “fun.”  Examples of these might be Bible Character Day, Sweatshirt Day, Western Day, etc. Even on these days, the administration reserves the right to reject apparel which is inappropriate, (e.g., unduly form-fitting or revealing clothes are never permitted).

Dress Code Summary:  All student dress will emphasize modesty. No garment shall be excessively tight or form fitting. All garments and foot wear will be clean, neat, and in good repair. No extreme styles in clothing, hair, jewelry, or make-up will be permitted regardless of the present cultural norms. Temperance is the goal of VLA’s Dress Code. Administration reserves the right to change the dress code as needed to ensure modesty and neatness.

 

6/4/2018