New dress code changes for the 2019-2020 school year at Archbishop McNicholas High School will be coming into effect in mid-November at the earliest, according to Principal David Mueller.
There has been some difficulty bringing in the new skorts because of some designs being on backorder. All orders will be fulfilled by mid-November so skorts can be completely phased in to replace the current plaid skirts, but if all orders still aren’t in, the compliance date could be postponed.
“We needed a look that was more aligned with college and career,” Mueller said.
The changes to the current dress code change include a switch from a plaid skirt to a solid color skort, and shorts for men and skorts for women may be no shorter than two inches above the knee. Color options for both clothing articles are grey, khaki, and navy.
The preparation for this change began during the 2018-2019 school year, when McNicholas looked into companies to purchase the new uniforms, and eventually settled on Educational Outfitters. “We finally decided to continue with Educational Outfitters because McNicholas and other Catholic schools have had good working relationships with them,” Mueller said.
In the past, students have also been able to wear hoodies during the day as part of the uniform. However, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, they will only be allowed on spirit days. Crew neck and quarter zip sweatshirts will still be allowed.
“I’m really interested in providing more personal choice and personalization for students,” Mueller said. “This is just another option for that. To have people be able to choose a color is a good thing.
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