Bethany School has a long tradition of providing an exceptional learning environment for all students. Bethany School strives to be a community where all members can thrive as learners, growing and developing academically, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. With that aim, Students at Bethany School are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for a positive learning environment. School uniforms will be worn at all times, Monday through Friday excluding non-uniform days.
The Bethany School uniform policy was developed by a committee consisting of parents, teachers, Administrators, and Sisters from the Community of the Transfiguration. This committee resolved that the overall purpose of the uniform policy is to establish an appropriate and supportive learning environment at Bethany School by reducing peer pressure and disruptions.
- Shaheen’s (formerley Educational Outfitters): 513-771-1234
- Schoolbelles (school code: S2595) 513-921-3417
- Land’s End: 800-469-2222 (code 9001-0075-1) – Land’s End does not carry the Bethany plaid. Order solid color items only.
Uniform items may be purchased at any of the above companies or from any other clothing supplier as long as they are “uniform” style. No cargo style pants or jeans are allowed.
Plaid jumpers, skorts, and skirts may only be purchased through Educational Outfitters or Schoolbelles.
Jumpers: Kindergarten – Fifth Grade ~ Girls
- Bethany plaid or solid navy blue only
Skirts: Sixth – Eighth Grade ~ Girls
- Gr 6 – Bethany plaid or navy blue only
- Gr 7 – 8 Bethany plaid, navy blue, or khaki only
- Skirts may not be rolled at the waistband.
- Skirt length should be no shorter than three inches above the knee.
Skorts: Kindergarten – Eighth Grade
- Girls are permitted to wear navy or uniform plaid skorts at any time.
- Gr 7-8 Girls are permitted to wear navy blue uniform plaid, or khaki skorts at any time.
- Skort length should be no shorter than three inches above the knee.
Slacks: Kindergarten – Eighth Grade ~ Girls and Boys
- Gr K-6 may wear navy blue, uniform style pants at any time.
- Gr 7-8 Girls and Boys may wear navy blue or khaki uniform style pants.
- Slacks should fit appropriately: baggy-style which hang down on the hip are not allowed.
- Corduroy pants which have been purchased from the uniform store are permissible.
- Cargo pants and jeans are not acceptable.
- Leggings, Jeggings, and other skin tight pants are not allowed as pants.
Shorts: Kindergarten – Eighth Grade ~ Girls and Boys
- Gr. K-5 students may only wear shorts any day before Thanksgiving break and after Spring Break. Gr K-5 – Shorts must be uniform style navy blue, tailored or pleated, cuffed or uncuffed, with no ornamentation.
- Gr. 6 – 8 students may wear shorts any day for the entire school year.
- Gr 6 may wear navy blue shorts: tailored or pleated, cuffed or uncuffed, with no ornamentation.
- Gr 7-8 may wear navy blue or khaki shorts: tailored or pleated, cuffed or uncuffed, with no ornamentation.
- Shorts are to be worn no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
- Shorts should fit appropriately: baggy-style which hang down on the hip are not allowed.
- Cargo shorts are not permitted.
- Uniform shorts are available through uniform companies.
Belts: Fourth – Eighth Grade
- Students in grades 4 – 8 must wear a belt if the pants or shorts have belt loops.
- Belts are not required for students in grades K – 3.
- Belts should be plain navy blue, black or brown.
- Shirts for boys and girls must be collared and white, light blue or navy.
- Gr 7-8 boys and girls may add red polo shirts to the options above.
- Shirts must be long enough to remain tucked in with normal movement.
- Shirts may be cotton, broadcloth, oxford cloth or knit.
- Long and short sleeved shirts are acceptable.
- No decorative buttons, trims, designs, monograms or emblems are allowed
- Only solid white shirts only may be worn under uniform shirts.
- Long sleeved shirts may not be worn under short sleeved uniform shirts.
- Turtleneck shirts that are white, light blue or navy are also acceptable.
- Collared polo shirts from school sponsored groups such as Power of the Pen, ISSE, Mock Trial, Handbells, Bethany Singers, etc., may be worn at any time.
- Shirts are to be kept tucked in during the school day. They are permitted to be out during recess, but must be re-tucked upon entering the buildings when classes resume.
- Solid white, navy blue or gray sweaters or sweater vests or sweatshirts may be worn.
- A uniform shirt (collared or turtleneck) must be worn underneath sweaters, vests, sweatshirts or fleece.
- There should be no ornamentation except for Bethany logos, which includes lettering, stripes or non-Bethany logos.
- Fleece and sweatshirts with hoods, hand-warmers, pockets or zippers are considered outside wear and may not be worn inside unless they contain a Bethany logo.
- Bethany sweatshirts and fleece, embroidered with the school logo and the student’s name, may be ordered through the school office and are also available at the uniform stores.
- Eighth grade students may wear sweatshirts and polo shirts from their chosen high school third and fourth quarters. However, T-shirts from their chosen school may not be worn.
- Only solid colored white, navy, black, or grey socks are allowed – they must match each other
- Tights or leggings, without ornamentation, which are navy blue, black, grey or white in color, may be worn
with jumpers or skirts. However, sweatpants or any long pants are not permitted to be worn with skirts or jumpers.
- Sandals (including Keen and similar styles), clogs and Crocs are not acceptable.
- Any shoe without adequate toe and heel protection are not acceptable due to safety reasons.
- Shoes should have heels one inch or less in height.
- Boots may be worn any day starting the first school day after Thanksgiving Break and ending at the start of Spring Break. Administration may announce exceptions should weather necessitate a change.
- Both shoes must match each other.
Make-up and Jewelry
- Girls may not wear make-up, including colored lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow, blush, or body glitter. These items should not be brought to school.
- While girls may wear jewelry to school, that which draws undue attention or causes a disruption of the learning environment is not permitted.
- Earrings may only be worn in the ears; however, loop or dangling earrings should be avoided.
- Any earring which is judged to be unsafe will be ruled unacceptable.
- We ask parents to exercise discretion in allowing earrings to be worn, and items in question should be avoided.
- Earrings, rings, and necklaces should be no larger than a quarter.
- The wearing of jewelry by girls should be kept to a minimum.
- Boy’s jewelry must be pre-approved by the administration, with the exception of a watch or a simple necklace. Earrings are never allowed to be worn by boys.
- Hair should be clean, properly combed, and out of the eyes.
- Dyed hair is unacceptable for boys and girls.
- Hair may be only the student’s natural color.
- Any hair style or hair coloring which calls undue attention to the individual is not permitted.
- The length of boys’ hair should not exceed the bottom of the ears on the sides and the collar in the back.
- Boys may not have facial hair
- Disruption of the school learning environment brought about by one’s hair will not be acceptable.
- For all grades, clean, dry gym shoes are to be left at school. These need not be new or expensive.
- Students in grades K – 3 do not change clothes for gym class.
- Girls must wear a pair of shorts under the jumper.
- Boys will wear their uniform pants or shorts.
- Students in grades 4 – 8 must wear a solid color T-shirt and navy blue sport shorts.
- Plain navy blue sweatpants may be worn for cold weather use, at the discretion of the gym teacher.
- Shoes, shirts & shorts must be labeled with the student’s name.
Non Uniform Days
- Non-uniform days are listed on the school calendar and occur about once a month.
- Clothes should be comfortable, clean, neat, and in good taste.
- Jeans are acceptable on non-uniform days only if they are hemmed, neat, and do not have holes in them.
- Slacks should fit appropriately; baggy style which hangs down on the hip or drag on the ground are not allowed.
- Shorts must not be shorter than three inches above the knee.
- All shirts must have sleeves.
- Boots may not be worn until November 15 even on non-uniform days.
- Leggings, Jeggings, and other skin tight pants may not be worn without a skirt or dress over top. Long shirts do not count!
- Students whose attire is deemed to be non-compliant will be sent to the office to change into a uniform.
The following items are not suitable for school on non-uniform days
- Baggy style pants
- Clothing which shows skin at the midriff, waist, or hips
- Clothing which promotes the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
- Undershirts worn as an outer garment
- Tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, sport style shorts, and lycra shorts
- Hats, bandanas, scarves, or sweatbands may not be worn in school buildings
- Any clothing with holes in it (from extended wear or by design)
- Any type of dress which brings about disruption of the learning environment for students
- NOTE: the following rules apply to uniform AND non-uniform days:
- Gr. K-5 students may only wear shorts any day before Thanksgiving break and after Spring Break.
- Gr. 6 – 8 students may wear shorts any day for the entire school year.
- Boots may only be worn any day starting the first school day after Thanksgiving Break and ending at the start of Spring Break even on non-uniform days. Administration may announce exceptions should weather necessitate a change.
- Fleece and sweatshirts with hoods, hand-warmers, pockets or zippers are considered outside wear and may not be worn inside unless they have a Bethany logo on them.
Judgment, in any case in question, will be rendered by the administration. Any student not adhering to non-uniform day dress code, will not participate in the next non-uniform day, and parents will be called to bring appropriate attire to school.
For a printable version of our policy, please click here: Uniform Policy