Dress Code

PHILOSOPHY
Vidalia Heritage Academy believes that the use of school uniforms projects an atmosphere of uniformity, pride, loyalty, and equality among students.  Uniforms help in removing some of the distractions normally confronted when children face the dilemma of possessing the latest designer fashions or the latest fad sweeping the nation at any given time. School uniforms also tend to involve students more and to make them part of a “team” at the school.  This is not so much to erase their individuality, but to include everyone at the same level as far as image and dress is concerned.

UNIFORMS
We have a uniform dress code that should be adhered to. All students not abiding by the dress code will lose their day of FREE DRESS. This is on the last day of each month and is a reward for those students who are exhibiting responsible uniform dress on a daily basis.  Students with dress code infractions will be verbally warned by the teacher or administration. If a second offense occurs, then the student will be warned in writing (as well as an email to parents), requiring parental signature. The third offense will result in the student losing free dress day privileges.Please note that the following list is not exhaustive.  We reserve the right to interpret it as we see fit.  If you have concerns, please contact the office during regular business hours.

BOYS DAILY DRESS

Slacks or shorts – 

  • Khaki or Navy slacks
  • Khaki or Navy walking shorts provided they meet the following 3″
    • Rule: Shorts must not be any shorter than 3″ from the bend of the knee. When student kneels on the floor, it will be measured from the floor up.
  • All slacks and shorts must have belt loops.
  • Embellishments/flashy designs on pockets or elsewhere, holes, rips, and tears in slacks or short are NOT allowed.
  • Cargo pants/shorts or carpenter pants/shorts are NOT allowed.
  • Jeans may be worn every Friday.

Shirts – 

  • Navy, Red, or White pique golf shirt with school logo (long or short sleeve)
    • Please Note: Red pique golf shirts with school logos are required for all school field trips.
  • Turtlenecks or t-shirts may be worn under pique golf shirt if needed for warmth. They must be the same color as school colors (plain navy, red, white) and may not contain writing or logos of any kind on them.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
  • Spirit Wear T-Shirts may be worn every Friday!
  • Current or previous school year field day and performance T-shirts may be worn every Friday!

Socks – 

Red, White, Blue, Black, or Khaki

Shoes – 

  • Tennis shoes, boat shoes (Sperry’s), loafers, Toms/Bobs
  • No boots. No Heelies. No Flip Flops
  • Sandals with backs may be worn on free dress days.
  • Tennis shoes MUST be worn for PE.
  • If in doubt, please check with administration prior to wearing or purchasing.

Belt – 

  • Cordovan, Black, Brown, White, Khaki, or Navy (or any combination of these colors in any pattern)
  • Belts are to be worn at all times.

Sweater (Optional) – 

Navy, Red, White, or Black may be worn in classroom.

Sweatshirt / Hoodie –

  • School sweatshirt or Hoodie with school logo only
  • No other sweatshirts will be allowed.
  • Note: A school sweatshirt or hoodie is recommended for inside warmth.

Overcoat / Jacket –

Only school sweatshirts or hoodies with the school logos are allowed for indoor warmth. Overcoats/Jackets of any color may be worn for outdoor warmth as long as the logo is smaller than a credit card. Once inside, the overcoat/jacket must be removed and a school sweatshirt or hoodie with the school logo must be used for indoor warmth.

GIRLS DAILY DRESS

KINDERGARTEN – 5th GRADE (Elementary):
Slacks/Shorts/Capris/Skorts – 

  • Khaki or Navy slacks/capris.
  • Khaki or Navy walking shorts or skorts may be worn provided they meet the following 3″ rule: Shorts/Skorts must not be any shorter than 3″ from the bend of the knee. When student kneels on the floor, it will be measured from the floor up.
  • Cargo pants/shorts or carpenter pants/shorts are NOT allowed.
  • Embellishments/flashy designs on pockets or elsewhere, holes, rips, and tears in slacks or short are NOT allowed.
  • All pants and shorts must have belt loops
  • Leggings under skorts are allowed but must be red, white, or blue or a combination of those colors.
  • Jeans may be worn every Friday.

6th – 12th GRADE (Upper School):
Slacks/Shorts/Capris – 

  • Khaki or Navy slacks/capris.
  • Khaki or Navy walking shorts may be worn provided they meet the following 3″ rule: Shorts must not be any shorter than 3″ from the bend of the knee. When student kneels on the floor, it will be measured from the floor up.
  • Cargo pants/shorts or carpenter pants/shorts are NOT allowed.
  • Embellishments/flashy designs on pockets or elsewhere, holes, rips, and tears in slacks or short are NOT allowed.
  • All pants and shorts must have belt loops
  • Leggings are NOT allowed.
  • Jeans may be worn every Friday.

Shirts – 

  • Navy, Red, or White pique golf shirt with school logo (long or short sleeve).
    • Please Note: Red pique golf shirts with school logos are required for all school field trips.
  • Turtlenecks or t-shirts may be worn under pique golf shirt if needed for warmth. They must be the same color as school colors (plain navy, red, white) and may not contain writing or logos of any kind on them.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times
  • Spirit Wear T-Shirts may be worn every Friday!
  • Current or previous school year field day and performance T-shirts may be worn every Friday!

Socks – 

Red, White, Blue, Black, or Khaki

Shoes – 

  • Tennis shoes, boat shoes (Sperry’s), loafers, Toms/Bobs
  • No boots. No Heelies. No Flip Flops
  • Sandals with backs may be worn on free dress days.
  • Tennis shoes MUST be worn for PE.
  • If in doubt, please check with administration prior to wearing or purchasing.

Belts – 

  • Cordovan, Black, Brown, White, Khaki, or Navy (or any combination of these colors in any pattern)
  • Belts are to be worn at all times.

Sweater (Optional) – 

Navy, Red, White, or Black may be worn in classroom.

Sweatshirt / Hoodie – 

  • School sweatshirt or Hoodie with school logo only
  • No other sweatshirts will be allowed.
    • Note: A school sweatshirt or hoodie is recommended for inside warmth.

Overcoat / Jacket (Optional) – 

Only school sweatshirts or hoodies with the school logos are allowed for indoor warmth. Overcoats/Jackets of any color may be worn for outdoor warmth as long as the logo is smaller than a credit card. Once inside, the overcoat/jacket must be removed and a school sweatshirt or hoodie with the school logo must be used for indoor warmth.

Children should be dressed in comfortable play clothes. Be aware that preschool activities such as art and snack may cause clothing to become soiled. All outerwear and accessories should be labeled with the child’s name. Please avoid overalls, belts, and clothing with snaps or straps which can cause frustration for young children when developing toileting skills.

For safety reasons, children must wear tennis shoes or soft-soled shoes that strap to the heel. NO BOOTS, BALLET SHOES, FLIP-FLOPS, JELLIES, CLOGS, OPEN-HEEL SHOES, OR MOUNTAIN BOOTS MAY BE WORN.

Shorts or leggings should be worn underneath skirts or dresses.

All Children will need to bring a change of clothes in a labeled gallon-sized storage bag to leave at school (socks and underwear included.)

K3 and K4 students will be required to wear a Spirit Shirt on Chapel Days. Shirts will be available for purchase through VHA.

BOYS:
Hair is to be neatly trimmed on the sides and back and combed. It is to be gradually tapered in the back and not be more than 2 inches high (this includes any stylish spiking of the hair), or 2 inches below the top of the shirt collar. Hair must also be cut above the eyebrows.

Facial Hair, i.e., mustaches, beards, goatees, and sideburns should be neatly trimmed.

GIRLS:
Hair must be neatly combed and brushed with no unnatural color.

NOTE: Any exceptions to the above policy on hair on the basis of academic or athletic events will be approved by administration.