Dress Requirements for the 2016-2017 School Year

The dress code lists examples of clothes that students may wear to school. The goals of the dress code are as follows:

  • Help students distinguish between dress for school and dress for informal activities
  • Prevent competition over clothing
  • Decrease the time spent pondering over what one should wear
  • Decrease the time spent on enforcement of the dress code in order to concentrate on the core matters of teaching and learning
  • Provide neat and comfortable student dress options
  • Increase pride in appearance and in Harford Day School
  • Promote modesty in appearance; school clothing is expected to fit and to be worn appropriately at the discretion of the faculty and Head of School.

Students must be in code from arrival at school until the end of the school day. Students must remain in code if attending extra help or meeting other academic requirements after school. The responsibility of adhering to the dress code rests with students and their parents.

Students who are out of dress code may receive consequences including detention, requiring a parent to bring appropriate clothes to school, or other consequences at the discretion of the student’s division head.

See the guide below for details:

Item

For

Requirements

May be purchased at…

Polo Shirt, Oxford or Button Down

Boys & Girls

  • White, Navy, Evergreen/Hunter, Colbalt/Royal
  • Long or short-sleeved
  • w/ Harford Day logo

Flynn & O’Hara or Lands’ End

“Peter Pan” Collar Shirt

Girls

  • White or Navy
  • Long or short sleeved
  • w/ Harford Day logo

Flynn & O’Hara or Lands’ End

Undershirt

Boys & Girls

  • If worn, white, no logos or designs

Target, etc.

Pants

Boys & Girls

  • Khaki or Navy pleated or flat front - no stretch, flare, or cargo pants; no painter’s pockets

Flynn & O’Hara, Lands’ End, Used uniform sale, etc.

Shorts
Before Thanksgiving and after Spring Break

Boys & Girls

  • Khaki or Navy, (see R & S Rule for fit), walking shorts - no carpenter or painter’s pockets

Flynn & O’Hara, Lands’ End, Used uniform sale, etc.

Belts (must be worn if shirt is tucked in)

Boys & Girls

  • Any solid color

Target, etc.

Skirts

Girls

  • Khaki or Navy, (see R & S Rule for fit), pleated A-line, or flat front

Flynn & O’Hara or Lands’ End

Skorts

Girls

  • Khaki or Navy, (see R & S Rule for fit) double-paneled or two-button

Flynn & O’Hara or Lands’ End

Jumpers

Girls

  • Khaki or Navy
  • Dress code top worn underneath

Flynn & O’Hara or Lands’ End

Polo Dress

Girls

  • Navy or Evergreen
  • w/ Harford Day logo

Flynn & O’Hara or Lands’ End

Sweaters

Boys & Girls

  • Navy, White, Evergreen
  • w/ Harford Day logo

Flynn & O’Hara, Lands’ End, Target, etc.

Sweatshirts / Fleeces / Vests

Boys & Girls

  • Navy, White, Grey, Evergreen, Cobalt
  • Dress code top worn underneath
  • w/ Harford Day logo

Online Spirit Shop or Lands’ End

Socks

Boys

  • Socks must be worn and be a matching pair
  • Any solid color

Target, etc.

Socks, Tights, Leggings, Knee-Highs, and Bike Shorts (worn under skirts, skorts)
Tights, Leggings, or Knee-Highs must be worn from Thanksgiving to Spring Break

Girls

  • Any solid color socks must be worn (matching pair) or
  • Black, White, Grey, or Navy tights or leggings
  • Solid colored bike shorts

Flynn & O’Hara, Lands’ End, Target

Shoes

Boys & Girls

  • Flat heeled and bottomed sneakers (no high tops)
  • Flat leather lace-up shoes; closed toe, closed heel

Target, etc.

REACH & STRETCH RULE

The ‘reach and stretch rule’ is used to determine appropriate fit of clothing for girls. Standing straight with arms at sides, a student‘s fingertips should not reach below the hem of the student‘s skirt, skort, shorts, etc. When hands are raised above the head, the student‘s mid-drift should not be exposed.

DRESS DOWN

On dress down days, students must wear clothing that is reasonable and appropriate for an academic day. Short skirts, short shorts, cropped tops, tank tops, sleeveless, low-cut or spaghetti strap shirts, tight jeans, yoga pants, and leggings or tights worn as pants are examples of inappropriate free dress clothing. The Reach and Stretch rule applies on dress down days.

Harford Day School reserves the right to change the dress code requirements during the academic year.

OUTERWEAR

Jackets, overcoats, etc. meant to be worn outside are not permitted in the building and should be stored in lockers. Only Harford Day sweaters, sweatshirts, and fleeces may be worn inside.

HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Girls should wear dresses, skirts, skorts, or dress pants and blouses, turtlenecks, or sweaters.  Boys in K Prep – Grade 3 should wear long pants, shirts with collars, and sweaters or sport coats.  Sweatshirts are not considered to be sweaters.  Boys in Grades 4 – 8 should wear sport coats or dress sweaters, dress shirts and ties, and dress slacks. All students should wear dress shoes. 

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY, GRANDPARENTS' & SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY, AWARDS DAY 

Regular school Dress Code is in effect.

GRADUATION DAY

K-Prep through 7th grade: Blue or Green shorts, a white shirt, and sneakers.

 GRADUATION DRESS FOR EIGHTH GRADERS 

Boys may wear either a suit or a sport jacket and dress pants.  They must wear a dress white button-down shirt, a tie, dress shoes, and dress socks.

Girls must wear a simple white or off-white (not tan) knee-length dress, which is appropriate for morning.  Inappropriate styles include strapless, spaghetti straps, halter, bouffant skirts, and dresses made with clingy materials designed to be tight or form-fitting.  Dresses should have no colored adornments.  Shoes or dressy sandals should be completely white or off-white, and have flat or low heels to enable girls to walk comfortably across uneven ground and up and down steps.

Hairstyles, make-up (including nail polish), and jewelry should all be appropriate for a morning ceremony.

A letter sent in March will include greater detail.  At any time during the year, questions can be directed to the Middle School Head.