By state law, boards of education are required to adopt written policies setting forth attendance requirements. PCK complies with all Douglas County and Colorado State policies and procedures regarding attendance.
Law requires school attendance for every child between the ages of seven and sixteen years. Attendance in class is an integral part of the successful educational process. Students are required to be in attendance every day school is in session during each academic year. Parents, guardians, and legal custodians of students between the ages of seven and sixteen are obligated by state law to ensure the child’s attendance. Students who have four or more unexcused absences in a one-month period, or ten or more unexcused absences from school or from class in a school year are considered to be “habitually truant” under state law.
If a student is absent, the parent should:
- Call the school office at 303-840-7070 before 8:00 A.M. to inform the school regarding the absence, stating the reason for the absence such as illness, or for an appointment;
- If the student is absent due to illness more than three consecutive days, a note from a medical doctor stating the medical reason for the absence will be required.
Regular attendance is important to academic achievement. Parents are strongly discouraged from planning vacations, trips, doctor appointments, etc. when school is in session.
An absence consists of failure to appear and remain at school throughout the entire school day unless dismissed by the proper authority.
Excused absences are those resulting from: temporary or extended illness, injury, or physical, mental, or emotional disability; family emergencies; absences pursuant to school release permits; or absences which occur when a student is in custody of a court or law enforcement authority.
Students are responsible to make up work covered or assigned during his/her absence. Assignments that are not made up will negatively affect the student’s grades. Teachers are NOT obligated to have work prepared for the student beforehand as it interferes with teaching responsibilities and is often not possible due to the nature and content of the subject. All make-up work will be assigned on the day the student returns from the absence.
Unexcused * absences are those with or without prior knowledge and approval of the parents but for reasons not acceptable to the principal. Unexcused absences also include those resulting from suspensions and expulsions. Missed work during an unexcused absence will not be made up, thus negatively affecting the academic standing of the student.
*Exception – Special Request Absence (Adopted by OC 8/17/09)
Any non-medical or family emergency absence longer than three (3) consecutive days will be deemed a Special Request Absence. This designation implies that the absence is entirely elective (the parents are making an intentional choice to allow the student(s) to miss school for purposes of another activity or event.) Given that the absence is elective (not the result of a medical or family emergency) the absence will be logged as “unexcused.”
Parents must provide written notification to the school at least 3 days prior to the beginning of the absence. Failure to notify the school will result in a forfeiture of the 2-week make-up period and its associated benefits.
Upon the student’s return to school, he/she will have a two-week period to complete all missed assignments, quizzes and tests. Completed make-up work will receive up to 70% credit, and student will receive the full percentage earned/achieved on all make-up tests and quizzes.
Students may complete make-up work at their own pace during the two-week period following their return, but it is entirely the students’ responsibility to independently learn the missed content, request missing work assignments and to arrange make-up test or quizzes with the appropriate teacher(s).
At the end of the two-week period, any missed work not completed will no longer be accepted, and the student will receive a zero (0) for all missing assignments, tests or quizzes.
Tardiness is a failure to appear on time in class and is considered a form of absence. All tardies are recorded daily, and chronic tardiness will result in student detention and, eventually, a parent meeting.
The school charter states that:
“Students shall be considered for admission into Parker Core Knowledge Charter School on a first-come, first-serve basis, and without regard to race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, disability or need for special education.”
The detailed manner in which this statement is adhered to is outlined as follows:
Position on Waiting List: The position on the waiting list is determined by the date and time that the completed Letter of Intent (LOI) is submitted to the school’s office. Exception being preferences in the order as stated below:
1.) Retention/advancement of currently enrolled students
2.) Children of full-time staff (PCK Board of Directors 5/12/11)
3.) Siblings of currently enrolled* students (in order of family’s first student start date, then by LOI date)
* This includes students enrolled for coming school year (i.e. incoming kindergarten class). The original child must attend PCK for the entire 1st trimester of the school year to retain sibling status for any other siblings.
Exception: When a student has chosen to voluntarily leave the school and then wishes to return, their new sibling status is based on the new letter of intent date (not sibling date of entry).
Exception: Parents of former students may submit a request for an exception to this Section 6.02 to the Director. The Director may, at his or her discretion, bring such requests to the Board of Directors for approval. The Board of Directors may approve such requests by majority vote. (PCK Board 5/20/13)
Sibling Defined (PCK Board 9/25/18):
For the purpose of assigning ‘sibling status’ to a student on the PCK waiting list, the student in question must reside at least 50% of the school week in the same household with the ‘initial’* brother or sister currently enrolled at PCK, and meet one of the following criteria:
1. Be a full biological brother or sister, sharing the same two biological parents
2. Or a half sibling of the ‘initial’ student who is a currently enrolled PCK student
3. Or, the student is legally recognized as a sibling of the initial student because the guardian of the two students has permanent custody, with full parental rights
*The ‘initial’ student is the first student in the family to enroll at PCK through the normal wait list process, or through the Junior Kindergarten lottery.
Up to 18 lottery spots for students enrolled in the PCK Junior Kindergarten program as defined below:
Students who are Douglas County residents and enrolled in the PCK Junior Kindergarten program, but have not already secured placement in the PCK Kindergarten program for the next school year will be invited to participate in a lottery drawing for up to eighteen (18) spots on the Fall Kindergarten Roster. Each year, the first sixty (60) of the available seventy-eight (78) Kindergarten spots will be filled directly from the PCK Waiting List. Once these sixty positions have been filled, the remaining eighteen (18) spots may be filled via a lottery drawing of interested PCK Junior Kindergarten students who have been attending PCK since the beginning of the school year. Any of the lottery spots forfeited after the Kindergarten roster is completed will be filled according to the traditional PCK Waiting List policy. Failure to complete the remainder of the junior kindergarten school year will forfeit the child’s spot in next school year’s Kindergarten class. (PCK Board (06/22/17)
One Spot per Child: A child may not occupy more than one spot on the waiting list. School age children are put on their current grade level waiting list at the time of the LOI submission. Younger children are put on the appropriate kindergarten list as determined by their birthday (must be five (5) October 1st of year starting kindergarten.)
Non-district Residency: Enrollment at PCK shall be open to any child who resides within the DCSD at the time a seat at PCK is offered, and, if space permits, to any child who resides outside the School District, subject to compliance with Colorado public school of choice status, DCSD policy, and PCK’s Contract with DCSD. When PCK has more applicants than it has space, preference shall be given to students who reside within the School District. Students shall be selected from PCK’s Wait List on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to district residents. If a non-district student is accepted for enrollment, this student may enroll for subsequent years until completing his or her schooling at Core Knowledge. (BOD 8/21/18)
If a child enrolled at PCK becomes a non-district resident, they will not forfeit their enrollment status.
Age Requirement: An applicant must be five (5) years of age by October 1st for admission to Kindergarten. (Effective August 2008.)
Information on Letter of Intent: Parents of the applicant are responsible for updating the Letter of Intent, i.e. notifying the school of change of address, phone number, etc. If PCK cannot contact an applicant’s family due to change of contact information, the school is not responsible to continue their search. The applicant will be declined from the waiting list.
48 Hour Decision: If enrollment is offered an applicant, the school requires a decision within 48 hours. If enrollment is not accepted, the applicant will be removed from the waiting list (excluding the mid-year decision). If at a later date it is decided that the child should be put back on the waiting list, a new Letter of Intent must be completed and applicant will be placed on the waiting list based on the date and time recorded on this new form.
Mid-Year Decision: (Jan 1 and after): If enrollment is offered during the PCK school year, the applicant will be allowed to either accept or decline the available position. If the position is accepted, the student will be given the option of starting immediately, or waiting until the start of the next school year (August). Once a position is declined, the student’s name will be removed from the Wait List.
Declining Spot: If an applicant is offered a spot but declines, the student’s name will be removed from the waiting list. If they wish to reapply, a new Letter of Intent must be submitted. The new date and time on this form will determine the student’s new position on the waiting list.
Voluntary Removal: Should an applicant be removed from the waiting list on a voluntary basis, and then it is decided that they should reapply, a new Letter of Intent must be submitted. The position on the waiting list will be determined by the new date and time on this form.
Withdrawal from PCK: If a parent withdraws his/her student from PCK and later decides to reapply, they must complete a new LOI. If the student who is reapplying has a sibling currently attending PCK, the reapplying student’s sibling status date will not be the enrolled sibling’s start date, but rather the date of reapplication (new LOI date.) Please note: this differs from the above mentioned sibling status policy and only applies to those who have previously attended PCK.
Exception: Parents of former students may submit a request for an exception to this Section 6.02 to the Director. The Director may, at his or her discretion, bring such requests to the Operating Council for approval. The Operating Council may approve such requests by majority vote. Added 5/20/13
Birth Requirement: Letters of Intent will not be accepted for unborn children. (As per policy clarification by PCK operating council 2/20/96.)
District Open Enrollment Policy: Once a student enrolls in a charter school (or any other school), that school becomes his/her assigned school and s/he must apply for open enrollment into any other district school including his/her former neighborhood school. There is no automatic acceptance of a student back into a neighborhood school once they have enrolled elsewhere. Therefore, charter school students are considered open enrolled students and the charter school becomes the school of choice.
No annual open enrollment application will be required until the student changes levels and schools. (ie. into middle school or high school).
PCK Discipline Policy (revised July 2016)
The Administration and Staff of Parker Core Knowledge strive to establish and maintain a safe school environment for all students. We believe it is every student’s right to attend school, receive instruction, and move around the school building and grounds without worry or concern for their safety. All students are expected to treat one another with respect, courtesy and with tolerance for individual differences. While we expect to encounter behaviors that reflect normal peer conflict between students, more serious behaviors, including bullying, are unacceptable as they undermine the environment of safety and trust we strive to maintain.
PCK expects appropriate behavior at all times in the classroom, lunchroom, bathrooms, hallways, on the playing fields, on field trips, and at all school functions. Students who disregard school rules, infringe on another’s rights, or damage property will be held responsible. Staff members who witness a student’s inappropriate behavior are obligated to report such behavior to the appropriate teacher or PCK Administration.
PCK follows a Consequence Matrix which aligns staff, students and parents on what PCK considers inappropriate behaviors and the consequences of those behaviors. PCK’s Consequence Matrix allows our Administration to apply consistent discipline to effect positive change and maintain a safe environment for both students and staff (See Below).
PCK operates in compliance with the Douglas County School District Student Rights and Responsibilities: Code of Conduct and Discipline. Please access this source document through the following link – DCSD Code of Conduct and Discipline
II) General Discipline Levels:
Level 1 – Classroom Intervention: Applies to behaviors that are irritating and/or disruptive, and impact classmates, staff, or the learning environment. Teachers will employ various techniques (classroom management systems, Love & Logic techniques, Assertive Discipline techniques, etc.) to refocus a student’s inappropriate behavior. To the extent this is successful in extinguishing the inappropriate behavior(s), the problem is resolved.
Level 2 – Parental Involvement Needed: Applies to behaviors that have not abated using Level 1 strategies. Student is not responding to teacher correction or consequences which results in the teacher reaching out to schedule a meeting with the student’s parents. The objective of the meeting is to secure parental support in developing a plan to change the student’s behavior. Behavior consequences are linked to the Behavior Consequence Matrix below.
Level 3 – Administrative Intervention*: Applies to all MAJOR behavior violations, continued willful disobedience and/or ongoing open and persistent defiance of proper authority. Parents will meet with PCK Administration to determine appropriate plan of action to extinguish undesirable or inappropriate behavior(s). Behavior consequences are linked to the Behavior Consequence Matrix below.
*The Administration at PCK reserves the right to review and administer behavior consequences based on their judgment of a particular situation. This may, or may not, involve consequences as assigned below. Additionally, there may be situations/incidents in which FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) protects the confidentiality of students and prevents PCK Administration from disclosing specific disciplinary information or records about a student to anyone but that student’s parents.
III) Parent Communication Channels – To be used when seeking additional information about a behavior incident
All PCK parents are encouraged to immediately consult their child’s teacher regarding specific behavior concerns. In some cases, a phone call and/or email will suffice, and in other situations, a parent conference will be arranged. The classroom or homeroom teacher is closest to the incident or issue, and should be the primary contact for the parent.
Contact PCK Administration for serious concerns, and in cases where communication with the teacher has not resolved the issue.
To the extent a behavior issue is not resolved with the PCK Administration after a good faith effort and reasonable time period, parents may initiate communication with the PCK Board through the Parent Grievance procedure as outlined in the Parent Handbook under Section 7.04. All concerns/complaints to the Board must be in writing and submitted one week in advance of a Board meeting. Concerns/complaints should be linked to specific school policy.
When more serious or ongoing negative behaviors are encountered, they will be addressed in the following manner:
Definition of ‘Consequences
Formal Verbal Warning: Involves a meeting with the teacher or other PCK staff, including Administration, to explain why a particular behavior is inappropriate and/or unacceptable at school. The purpose of the verbal warning is to educate the student and prevent future, similar mistakes or lapses in judgement. The expectation is that the student will correct the situation and not repeat the negative behavior. Parents will be notified that their student has received a warning. There is no need for further parent communication at this point.
Restorative Practice: This consequence can range in degree from apologizing to a peer, to calming sessions and community service, to research assignments and classroom presentations. Depending on the nature and severity of the behavior being addressed, the appropriate restorative practice will be implemented. Restorative practices and Love & Logic are extremely compatible. Parents will be notified via email prior to their student serving the consequence.
Classroom Removal: A student will be removed from a class where they are disrupting the learning environment. Students may be removed for one or more class periods. Students will be removed to the office or parents may be contacted to remove student from school for a period of time of less than one day. Parents will be notified.
Loss of Privilege: The student will lose the ability to participate in a school activity or event. These can range from a missed recess, to missing an entire field trip or special class activity. Parents will be notified via email.
Detention: Student is detained from participating in regularly scheduled activities.
Classroom Detention – Student will be detained in a classroom to either complete work or miss an activity for which they did not complete the required prerequisites.
Office Detention – Students will be assigned this type of lunch/recess detention as a consequence to certain minor infractions. Students will be required to complete a Behavior Think Sheet. The Think Sheet is sent home with the student (or via email) to be reviewed and signed by the parents and student. The goal of the Think Sheet is to help the student process his/her behavior and its impact on themselves and others.
Parents will be notified that their student has served a detention. There is no need for further parent communication at this point.
Parent Conference: A meeting between parents and a PCK teacher and/or Administrator with the explicit objective of eliciting parent support to bring about a desired behavior change in their student. A behavior contract may or may not be included in this process, depending on the circumstances and duration of the inappropriate behavior.
In-School Suspension: Student is removed from their regular class schedule for a designated period of time (Less than 10 days) and will spend the school day working in the front office. Student will be expected to complete all assigned classwork AND a reflective paper related to the offense.
Out-of-School Suspension: Student will not be allowed to attend school for up to 10 days per DCSD Policy JKD/JKE-R. Consequently, the student will receive zeros on all missing work assignments, tests and quizzes, and he/she will not be allowed on school grounds or allowed to participate in other school sponsored activities and/or events for the duration of the suspension. A reflective paper will be required upon returning to school at the end of the suspension period. Students may be suspended for the following behaviors, to include but not limited to:
- Continued, willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority
- Repeated interference with the school’s ability to provide educational opportunities to other students
- Repeated disruptive conduct
- Willful destruction or defacing of school property
- Behavior on or off school property which is detrimental to the welfare, health or safety of that student, other students or school personnel
- Incidents of assault, disorderly conduct, harassment, making a knowingly false allegation towards any teacher or employee (Minimum 3 day suspension)
- Committing a violation of district policy regarding non-discrimination/non-harassment of students or staff
- Intentionally causing, attempting to cause, or threatening physical injury to another person
- Committing a violation of the district’s smoking and use of tobacco policy
- Engaging in scholastic dishonesty, which includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test or plagiarism
- Disrupting the school program by intentionally causing a false fire alarm or bomb threat
- Throwing objects that cause bodily injury or property damage
- Directing profanity, vulgar language or obscene gestures towards other students or school personnel
- Engaging in verbal abuse such as racial or ethnic slurs, or derogatory statements addressed publicly to others that precipitate disruption of the school program
- Committing extortion, coercion or blackmail
- Lying or giving false information, either verbally or in writing, to a school employee
- Sexual harassment
- Violating the district’s policy regarding student use of technology
- Failure to comply with State immunization requirements
Expulsion from PCK/DCSD – Any student who is suspended for reasons stated in DCSD Policy JKD/JKE-R three times during the course of a school year shall be declared a Habitually Disruptive Student and, thus, shall be subject to EXPULSION in accordance with above mentioned DCSD policy and Colorado State law. Additionally, the following behaviors will warrant an automatic expulsion from PCK and DCSD:
- Carrying, bringing, using or possessing a dangerous weapon
- Committing an act that would constitute robbery, or first or second degree assault
- Giving, selling or exchanging an illegal drug or alcohol on school property or at school events
6.04 – Dress Code
Revisions to dress code made by Dress Code Committee – May 2010
In accordance with the Charter Application approved by the Douglas County School District for ParkerCore Knowledge (PCK), a dress code has been established to minimize economic and competitive differences among students.
Dress Code Committee: Each fall, the board shall appoint up to 5 members to the dress code committee, consisting of at least one board member, at least one staff member and up to three parents of current PCK students. The committee will meet a minimum of twice per year in October and March. Any potential dress code revisions must be approved by a majority of the Dress Code Committee and will then be presented by the Dress Code Committee at the board meetings in November and April (with possible extensions to the December and May meetings if additional information and/or discussion is needed). Any revisions approved by a majority of the board will take effect on Jan. 1 or the first day of school in the fall.
All dress code proposals must go through the dress code committee. Emergency dress code changes/clarifications can by proposed by the school director at any time, but will still require a majority board vote. (Approved BOD 11/21/16)
All students are required to follow the dress code.
Dennis Uniform (www.dennisuniform.com) is the preferred provider of our uniforms. However,JC Penney has been approved as an alternate vendor for middle school khaki pants and shorts. All khakis from JC Penney must be khaki and not dark khaki.
You may choose to buy uniform items at various retailers and/or uniform vendors. (Christopher Plaid items must be purchased from Dennis Uniform) However, not everything each retailer/uniform vendor offers will meet our dress code guidelines. If the article of clothing is not defined in these guidelines, it is not approved.
All articles of clothing must match approved colors as shown on the front bulletin board. However, the Christopher Plaid and all outerwear worn inside the building may only be purchased through Dennis Uniforms, or through the PCK PTA.
The School Director has final determination of acceptability for ANY dress code issues in question.
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All pre-existing PCK sweatshirts and hoodies (hooded/Cougar sweatshirt, and crewneck sweatshirts) are allowed through the end of the 2010- 2011 school year.
Uniforms in good condition may be passed on or resold to other students as your child outgrows them. PCK traditionally has a Used Uniform Sales during different events (ie. Conferences, Open Houses) through out the year.
In addition to the specified clothing, a neat and clean appearance is mandatory.
A minimum amount of jewelry is acceptable.
Girls may only wear one post earring per earlobe.
For safety reasons, no dangling or hoop-style earrings are allowed at school (including dress down days).
Boys may not wear earrings.
Nose rings, other facial jewelry and visible tattoos are STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
One necklace and/or one bracelet and/or watch (that is compliant with section 5.0 – Student owned electronic devices) may be worn. (O/C clarification 12/14/15)
Hair Boys and Girls
Must be kept neat, groomed, and clean cut.
Hairstyle and accessories must be non-distracting.
Bangs cannot cover eyes.
Hair color must be a natural color.
Hair should not be dyed any color that is not considered ‘natural’ for hair; stripes; carvings or other distracting hair color changes are not permitted.
Must be neat and well trimmed at all times and fall above the shirt collar.
Boy’s hair may not be worn in a ponytail, braids, Mohawk, rat tails, tall spikes or shaved with words, symbols or initials.
May wear non-distracting hair accessories, i.e. headbands, ribbons, scrunchies, or barrettes, of the school colors (forest green, navy blue, white, yellow, light blue, brown, black, gold, silver or Christopher plaid).
Hats are not allowed to be worn in the school building as per DCSD policy, and may only be worn outside for weather protection (e.g. cold weather, strong sun protection, etc.)
Shorts, skorts, and skirts
Shorts, skorts, and skirts must be no shorter than mid-thigh.
K-8 girls may wear the Christopher Plaid skort and skirt from Dennis Uniform. Flat front skort approved 11/10/11
7 & 8th grade girls may also wear the Khaki skort, which must be from Dennis Uniform or match the style of the Dennis Skort.
No other skorts are acceptable.
Pants must be navy blue, in one of two uniform styles:
Pleated front with side pocket or
Flat front with side pockets
Pants with patch pockets and cargo pant styles are not acceptable
Courduroy pants have been dicontinued as an approved pant for girls
K – 8 may wear navy blue pants
7-8 may also wear khaki pants. (See exception below)
Navy uniform style pants/shorts may be purchased from other suppliers as long as the style is the same as Dennis Uniform pants.
Pants with torn knees or other visible rips MAY NOT be worn.
Pants that have faded excessively or appear overly worn are also not permitted.
Pants with belt loops must be worn with a belt.
Pants may not be worn lower than the waist.
Pants are to be appropriately fitted to the student. Overly large or baggy pants are not permitted. Underwear may not show.
Middle School Exception: 7th and 8th grade may also wear KHAKI pants, shorts, and skorts. Khaki pants and shorts MUST be purchased from one of our two approved providers (Dennis Uniform or JC Penney and must be khaki, not dark khaki). The khaki skort must be or match the one provided by Dennis Uniforms. NO OTHER BRAND/COLOR OF KHAKI PANTS OR SHORTS ARE PERMITTED. Dennis Uniforms and JC Penney are the only suppliers for permitted khakis (MS only).
Polo style knit shirts, turtlenecks and mock turtlenecks (11/10/11) in the following school colors are acceptable: Navy, White, Forrest Green, Pale Yellow and Light Blue.
Oxford, button-down shirts are also acceptable in the appropriate colors as sold by Dennis Uniform.
All students must have one white uniform shirt with the PCK logo for PCK Spirit days.
Please refer to PCK uniform display for clarification on style and color.
Collars should be plain without scallops or decorated edges.
Shirts and blouses MUST be tucked into pants, shorts, skorts or skirts AT ALL TIMES to maintain a neat appearance. Exception: Dennis Uniform 3/4 sleeve blouse.
Sweatshirts and Sweaters (PCK approved only)
In addition to the specified uniform tops, students may also wear the Dennis uniform sweaters, and other approved PCK logo outerwear only.
The PCK Cougar hoodie and crewneck sweatshirt is approved through the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
Sweatshirts may not be worn without an approved uniform shirt underneath.
Sweatshirts need to be the correct size for the student, not oversized and free of holes and tears.
Dennis Uniform cardigans will need to have the logo embroidered on the front left chest in order to meet dress code policy.
Jackets, sweaters, and any other non-uniform sweatshirts may not be worn in the building except on designated dress down days.
Blazer & Tie (O/C approved 9/8/14)
Navy Blue blazer from French Toast manufacturer. Blazers may be worn by either boys or girls. In addition, a tie, either bow tie or regular, in either Christopher Plaid, Navy or Hunter Green may also be worn.
A Dennis or Lands End (Lands End Girls Item #393712-BQ9 or Boys Item #393714-BQ8) classic navy full zip hooded sweatshirt with the PCK logo for both boys and girls in K-8. If the Lands End sweatshirt is purchased, families are required to get the approved PCK logo applied at an approved vendor. (OC revision 9/14/15)
Embroidered personalization is allowed on the hood or near the cuff of any approved outerwear. (OC revision 9/14/15)
Middle School Only:
In addition to the aforementioned requirements, the Middle School students will have the option to purchase and wear additional PCK approved outerwear found on the website. (OC 8/18/11)
Must be in a matching pair.
No sandals or open-toe shoes, heels or boots are permitted.
Snow boots, hiking boots and rain boots are ONLY permitted during extreme weather. If worn to school, be sure to send another appropriate pair of shoes for student to change into once they arrive at school.
Uniform shoes must be either solid colored or two–colored in white, black, brown, blue or gray, and they may have a third color from the approved palate as an ACCENT on the stitching, tabs or soles of the shoe. In some cases this will mean that a shoe actually has three colors, with the 3rd color (from the approved color palate of white, black, brown, blue and gray) being the accent color. (OC Revision 7/16/13)
Minimal logos are allowed in the specified color
Shoe soles must be non-marking.
Athletic shoes are required for P.E. and as such are the preferred shoe of PCK.
Moccasins and/or slippers are not considered suitable uniform shoes and, therefore, may not be worn to school. (OC revision 12/9/10)
The following are unacceptable on uniform approved shoes
- Flashing lights
- Character Logos (i.e. Spider Man, Disney, Barbie) of any kind
- Polka Dotted Patterns
- Glitter or Bling
- Animal Prints
- Anything deemed as offensive or inappropriate in a school environment.
Middle School Only:
Athletic Shoes All athletic shoes must have a body color of black, brown, grey, blue or white. Accent colors in any solid color are acceptable. Shoe laces must coordinate with the shoe and be free of decoration. (OC 8/18/11)
To receive an exemption regarding footwear, the student will need a medical excuse and/or an exception granted by the Director.
Socks and Leggings
Socks, leggings, and tights must be worn in a solid, coordinated color to match the Christopher plaid colors (navy, forest green, black or white.)
Leggings may be worn under skirts and jumpers, and must be ankle length to be acceptable.
Fishnet tights or leggings with any pattern are not acceptable.
Socks must also be worn with leggings.
All socks need to be a matching pair of the same color: navy, forest green, black, or white.
Middle School Only:
All socks must have a solid body color of black, brown, grey, blue, white or forest green. Up to two (2) accent colors in any solid color are acceptable. Brand logos, such as the Nike “swoosh”, Adidas stripes, Under Armor insignia, etc. are allowed. Graphics, designs, themes, characters and patterns that cover the majority of the sock are not allowed. (OC approved 12/9/13)
First grade through eighth grade students must wear a black, brown, white, navy or light blue belt with uniform pants and shorts that have belt loops.
Chain belts are not allowed.
In kindergarten, belts are optional if your child cannot buckle/unbuckle without assistance.
Nails shall be neat in appearance and well groomed.
Girls are permitted to wear clear or natural looking nail polish.
False nails of any kind (including acrylic) are not allowed.
Middle School Only:
The PCK dress code for nail polish applies to the middle school with the following exception: Girls are permitted to wear colored nail polish, and must have the same solid color on all finger nails. The following colors are NOT ALLOWED: Black, Metallic (of any kind), Neon, Patterned (checkered, striped, plaid, crackled, etc.) or logos/decals. (OC 8/18/11)
Only light, natural looking make-up may be worn in grades 7-8.
No dark or Gothic style make-up is allowed.
Students in grades K-6 may not wear make-up.
Dress Down Days are a privilege and must be treated as such.
Cleanliness and neatness of appearance are important at all times.
The School Director has final determination of acceptability for ANY dress code issues in question.
The School Director schedules all school Dress Down Days. Typically, there is one all-school “Dress Down Day” per month and Middle School has one additional dress down day per month.
Additional dress down days may be scheduled for various rewards, holidays, or incentives at the discretion of the School Director.
“Dress Down Days” will be announced at the end of the day as a reminder to all students.
In addition, the PCK website will also note any all-school dress down days.
Individual classroom dress down days that are approved by the School Director will not be communicated via the Thursday Newsletter; teachers will generally announce this to the class or communicate it to parents in their Classroom Newsletter.
Dress code for other school functions, social events, and evening school activities, i.e., Middle school socials and athletics, also follows this policy.
The following dress down guidelines have been established:
No torn or ripped clothing
No overly loose or tight clothing (no larger than 1 size larger or smaller than normal fitting)
No underwear visible at any time.
No clothing that features alcohol, drug, or gang references
No halters, mesh or otherwise see-through tops or bare midriffs
Straps or sleeves must be at least 1 inches wide.
No slip-on shoes. Sandals, clogs, etc. must have a strap that securely fastens the shoe to the foot.
Shorts, skorts, and skirts should be no shorter then the school uniform shorts.
Jeans & t-shirts are acceptable if the above guidelines are followed.
No clothing that is offensive or disruptive to the learning environment.
No hoops or dangling earrings (safety concern)
Compliance with the dress code is mandatory. Parents are encouraged to help students monitor dress code compliance. Violations of the dress code will result in the loss of dress down day privileges for the student.
Dress code violations will be tracked in the following manner:
If a student arrives at school, or later in the day is noted with a dress code violation, the student will be sent to the front office to have the violation logged. After three dress code violations, the student will lose their dress down day privilege during the month the third violation occurred.
Students who lose their dress down day privilege for the month will be expected to arrive in full uniform on the designated dress down day. Students who fail to arrive in proper attire will sit at the front office until a parent brings their uniform. If a parent cannot be reached, or if a parent is unable to bring a uniform, students will spend the day at the front office (class work will be brought to them).
Students who repeatedly lose their dress down day privilege due to daily dress code violations will lose their dress down privilege for the remainder of the school year after four (4) lost dress down days (or 12 dress code violations.) Adopted: Revised July 2006