Dress Code

Students should arrive at NPS each day dressed in clothing that is clean, modest and appropriate for school activities and expected weather conditions. Clothing and footwear should be comfortable and sturdy enough to accommodate the range of daily activities, including active play at recess. 

The Dress Code extends throughout the school day (both in person and online). During the school year there are occasions when the Dress Code’s general requirements may be modified. These include events such as School Spirit Days, Free Dress Days, or more formal occasions such as Graduation. 

Standard School Attire

Dress Code Guidelines for Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten:

Children in Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten should wear play clothes that are neat and comfortable. They may wear NPS t-shirts, jeans, pants with elastic waistbands, or sweatpants in addition to the clothing listed for Grades 1-6. Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students should bring in a full change of clothes (underwear, socks, a shirt and one pair of long pants) in a plastic bag labeled with their names. These clothes will be stored at school and parents should be sure to periodically update/replace this extra set as the weather changes. Outdoor clothing should be suitable each day to allow a child to spend 60 minutes outdoors comfortably. Long pants are recommended during the winter. All clothing, particularly boots, should be large enough for the child to get on and off easily. Large buttons and snaps are easy for small hands to manipulate.

Dress Code Guidelines for Grades 1 – 6:

  • Crewneck shirts, collared shirts, blouses, turtlenecks, or sweaters without writing
     
  • Pants or capris (no jeans)
     
  • Skirts, shorts, or dresses with hemlines no higher than mid-thigh
     
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Please note that athletic shoes are required for PE classes and athletic practices.
     
  • Waterproof boots are needed on rainy and snowy days. 

Inappropriate Attire

In general, the following standards should be applied when evaluating whether a student’s clothing is appropriate for school:

  • Clothing should not display writing, including individual words, sports team logos, or other advertising

  • Athletic clothing should be reserved for Free Dress Days or events such as Field Day

  • The student should be able to safely and comfortably participate in the full school day, including recess and PE classes, without the clothing being too restrictive or cumbersome.

For safety reasons these shoes are NOT acceptable at NPS:

  • Sandals, flip-flops, or any shoe with an open toe
     
  • Clogs, or any shoe without a back, including Crocs
     
  • Any shoe with a heel over 1”, including platform shoes
     
  • Steel-toed boots that could cause injury to others
     
  • Shoes with cleats

Dress Up Attire

Services that take place in the NPC Sanctuary are important ceremonial occasions, and “dress up” attire is requested at all grade levels. Students should wear attire that is neat, clean and appropriate for special occasions in the church. Chorus and Handbell members follow the chorus dress code for these occasions.

Spirit Day Attire

On School Spirit Days students are encouraged to wear polo shirts, sweatshirts or t-shirts with the school crest or logo, and items in the school colors of red and white. Otherwise, or in addition to spirit items, Standard School Attire is expected.

Free Dress Attire

There are occasions during the year when the Standard School Attire is relaxed somewhat, and all students are permitted to wear jeans and other more informal articles of clothing (such as athletic clothing). Such clothing still must conform to the school’s guidelines of appropriateness and/or acceptability.