Uniform and Dress Code

In keeping with the long standing tradition of Catholic Schools, students at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy students will wear uniforms and we take pride in the appearance of our students. Proper attire reflects the quality of school conduct and schoolwork. All students are expected to be in full uniform each day and to be kept neat and clean.

Flynn & O’Hara is the only approved uniform vendor for SJWCA.  Flynn & O’Hara will visit the school each spring to measure students for the following fall.  In addition, orders maybe placed through their online store at www.flynnohara.com. Flynn & O’Hara’s may also be reached by phone at 718-567-8630 or visit their retail store, located at 7301 13th Ave, Brooklyn.

A. Girls’ Uniform: Grade 1- Grade 4
1. Gray plaid jumper with school emblem
2. Yellow blouse with Peter Pan (rounded) collar, long or short sleeves
3. Navy blue or gray knee socks or navy blue or gray tights
4. Navy blue or black tie or buckle shoes
5. OPTIONAL: Gray cardigan sweater may be worn at any time.
6. OPTIONAL: Warm weather uniform consisting of yellow banded bottom golf shirt and uniform skort may be worn between the beginning of September through November 1st, and from April 1st to the end of the school year.
7. OPTIONAL: Cold weather uniform consisting of navy uniform slacks and yellow banded bottom golf shirt or yellow school turtleneck may be worn between November 1st and   April 1st .
8. Every student must own a jumper for special occasions.

B. Girls’ Uniform Grades 5-8
1. Gray plaid skirt
2. Yellow banded bottom golf shirt, long or short sleeves
3. Navy blue or gray knee socks or navy blue or gray tights
4. Navy blue or black tie or buckle shoes
5. OPTIONAL: Gray cardigan sweater may be worn at any time.  Girls in Grades 5-8 may wear gray pullover sweater instead of cardigan.
6. OPTIONAL: Warm weather uniform consisting of yellow banded bottom golf shirt and uniform skort may be worn between the beginning of September through November 1st,  and from April 1st to the end of the school year.
7. OPTIONAL: Cold weather uniform consisting of navy uniform slacks and yellow banded bottom golf shirt or yellow school turtleneck may be worn between November 1st and April 1st.
8. Every student must own a skirt for special occasions.

C. Boys’ Uniform Grades 1-8
1. Navy blue dress pants.  Pants must be worn at the waist or must be secured at the waistline.
2. Yellow golf shirt, long or short sleeves
3. Navy or black socks
4. Black tie shoes or slip on dress shoes.  Shoes must be secure on feet.
5. OPTIONAL: Gray cardigan sweater may be worn at any time. Boys in Grades 5-8 may wear gray pullover sweater instead of cardigan.
6. OPTIONAL: Warm weather uniform consisting of navy dress shorts with navy/black socks and black school shoes maybe worn between the beginning of September through November 1st,   and from April 1st to the end of the school year.
7. OPTIONAL: In the cold weather, between November 1st and April 1st, the yellow school turtleneck may be worn in place of the golf shirt.

D. Gym Uniform Grades Pre-K 3 – Grade 8
1. The gym uniform is worn every day in grades Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, and Kindergarten. Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, and Kindergarten wear sneakers daily; girls may wear rubber soled shoes with straps.
2. SJWCA navy sweatshirt
3. SJWCA navy sweatpants
4. SJWCA yellow T-shirt
5. OPTIONAL:  SJWCA navy gym shorts may be worn from the beginning of September through November 1st,   and from April 1st to the end of the school year.
6. Sneakers must be worn on gym day.

If a child is unprepared for gym class this will affect their grade in Gym.

E. Non-Uniform Dress Code (N.U.T.) – Dress Down Days
This is an optional day—once or twice a month or while using a N.U.T. card—when students can dress down (example: wearing jeans). There is a fee to participate in N.U.T. days.
PLEASE NOTE: N.U.T. cards are not transferrable and must be used by the end of the school year, N.U.T. cards may not be used for the following year. An announcement will be made in advance for the days when N.U.T. cards cannot be used.

The following are examples of clothing that are never acceptable:
– Dresses, skirts, or shorts that are tight fitting or more than 2” above the knee
– Sheer clothing
– Spandex tops
– Midriff blouses, low cut tops, or tops without shoulders
– Sports hats or any other head covering
– Inappropriate novelty t-shirts or shirts with obscene/vulgar language
– Torn or dirty clothing
– Low rider pants or shorts
– Open-toed shoes, sandals or high heels

Any child dressed inappropriately will be kept out of class until proper attire is brought to school by someone for the student to change into.

F. Other uniform requirements
1. Girls are permitted to wear one stud or small hoop earring in each ear. Hoop earrings should hug the earlobe. No large hoop or chandelier earrings are permitted.
2. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings in school.
3. Tasteful and age appropriate necklaces and bracelets may be worn at your own risk.
4. No jewelry is to be worn on gym day.
5. Make-up may not be worn. Students will be asked to remove it before returning to class. Exceptions may be made for 8th grade special occasions with prior approval from the school administration.
6. Hair must be neat and clean and should be checked regularly for lice.
7. Color treated/dyed hair or highlights are not permitted. Hair must be returned to its natural color before the student may return to school.
8. Personal grooming, while individual, should not include bizarre, or “trendy” hairstyles (i.e. offensive, distracting, unnatural).  Extremes in haircuts, hairstyles, or hair color are not permitted.
9. Girl’s nail polish must be light in color. False nails nail extensions, or nail decorations are not acceptable. If worn, student will be asked to remove them before returning to class. Exceptions may be made for 8th grade special occasions with prior approval from the school administration.
10. Boots may not be worn in school. A “boot” is defined as any shoe that covers the ankle. In case of inclement weather, students must change into school shoes.