Dress Code Policy
Expectations: We seek to nurture the character of our children and represent Biblical Christian values to others.
Col. 4:5, 6 says: 'Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.'
Those who participate in any PIONEERS activities are expected to comply with the standards below or they will be asked to leave, and their membership discontinued.
Dress and appearance standards: PIONEERS' standards are not unlike those of most Christian and/or private schools. We have no desire to allow our students’ dress to either create a “teen culture” or be a distraction to other students. Our dress code will reflect moral purity and dignity. It will also reflect a life centered on godly values and attitudes. Dress should be modest (for both male and female). Hairstyles and attire that reflect worldly attitudes of rebelliousness, ungodly activities and gender ambiguity will not be allowed.
Examples of unacceptable dress and appearance standards include but are not limited to: the “grunge'" look (chains, army camo. /green fatigues, and/or sloppy T-shirts and pants), T-shirts of rock bands, mesh shirts, midriffs, or extreme or either boys or girls.
'What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.' - I Cor. 6:19, 20
Under no circumstances will immodesty — too tight, too short, or too revealing... be tolerated. Specifically, the standards are as follows:
1- Neat fitting pants — not dragging on the ground or riding on the undergarment’s waistband. No holes or rips.
2- Neat shirts
3- No jewelry, including chains or necklaces, either worn around the neck or dangling from pockets.
4- No tattoos or body piercing ornaments.
5- Hats and sunglasses must be removed while in the building. Teachers appreciate being able to make eye contact with their students and see whom they are talking to!
6- Hair should be off the collar and clean and neat in appearance. Dying or coloring of hair should be in good taste — no unnatural colors.
Neat fitting pants, not dragging on the ground. No holes or rips. No tight-fitting spandex leggings. Shorts or skorts must not be shorter than three-inches above mid-knee when sitting or standing. Tights/Jeggings/Leggings must be worn with a “tunic” length top that falls no shorter than three-inches above the mid-knee.
Blouses/shirts or dresses: No skin-tight styles, no low necklines, no off-the-shoulder styles or spaghetti- strap tops, no styles that allow any part of your undergarments to be seen. No mini-skirts. Dresses/skirts/skorts must not be shorter than three-inches above mid-knee when sitting or standing.
Hats (ball cap style) and sunglasses must be removed while in the building. Teachers appreciate being able to make eye contact with their students and see whom they are talking to!
Jewelry should not draw attention to oneself or distract other students.
Hair should be feminine, clean and neat in appearance. Dying or coloring of hair should be in good taste
— no unnatural colors. (Including unnatural coloring – green/blue/pink/bright red, etc.)
No tattoos. No body piercing ornaments; exception of ears for girls.
Ladies, you can look feminine and lovely without your chest or tummy being revealed...i.e., no plunging necklines, tummy tops, or tight pants are permissible! Students found immodestly or inappropriately dressed will be given an Art or Science lab coat to wear for the remainder of the day, or until the situation can be remedied (which would be on student’s time, not as an interruption to class time). If there is a question as to whether a garment meets dress code requirements, perhaps it should not be worn!
The above standards will be strictly enforced. We are asking that parents monitor how your students look when they leave your home. If, for some reason, you or your student(s) may be uncertain about an "outfit", please feel free to contact any steering member prior to Co-op day. If a student comes to class dressed inappropriately, he/she will be asked to leave the class until a parent can come and bring different clothing. In addition, the discipline procedure outlined below will also go into effect.
We do not wish to be unkind or belabor this point regarding the dress code, but please be aware of the seriousness of this matter. In the past, there were actually families who did not allow their children to participate in our program because of the immodesty of some of our students and because they were fearful of the “gang” appearance of some students. We realize that scripture says, "Man looketh on the outward appearance, but God looketh on the heart." But brethren, we are not God, and sometimes the way we are dressed is the only evidence or clue that we are His children. Whether passing in the hall, standing on stage, or crossing the street to the Play Ground, we are advertising the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Let's be certain we look like followers of Christ.