(Please be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the Code to prevent any misunderstandings as the consequences for violating the Dress Code have changed (July, 2019).)
This code applies to Mondays through Fridays and other designated days.
Boys will wear solid color, flat-front or pleated dress pants or shorts, khaki-style pants or denim conservative jeans. No frays, holes, fading or added items (such as sparkles, pictures, patches, etc.). Pants of any kind may not be excessively tight or excessively loose fitting. Pants must be worn at the waist line. Shorts may not be shorter than the knee. All shorts must have belt loops and worn with a belt. Shorts cannot be made of stretch material or be gym-like shorts. (All shorts worn in Gym must be purchased through the school.)
Girls will wear solid color, flat-front or pleated dress pants or shorts/capris, khaki-style pants or denim conservative jeans. No frays, holes, fading or added items (such as sparkles, pictures, patches, etc.). Pants of any kind may not be excessively tight or excessively loose fitting. Pants must be worn at the waist line. Shorts may not be shorter than the knee. All shorts must have belt loops and worn with a belt. Shorts cannot be made of stretch material or be gym-like shorts. (All shorts worn in Gym must be purchased through the school.) Girls may also wear conservative, solid-color knee length skirts. No dresses.
Boys will wear any solid color polo shirts, golf shirts or conservative Oxford-style cloth shirts with the CAWNY school logo. Shirts with buttons should be buttoned to at least the second button from the top. At no time should undergarments or the midriff be exposed.
Girls will wear any solid color polo shirts, golf shirts or conservative Oxford-style cloth shirts with the CAWNY school logo (no frills, lace or puffy shirts). Shirts with buttons should be buttoned to at least the second button from the top. At no time should cleavage, the midriff or any undergarments (including camis) be exposed.
Parents have two options when it comes to purchasing dress code shirts:
#1 - they can purchase pre-printed dark green or white polos through our standard Uniform Order form found here; OR
#2 - they can purchase solid color shirts of their choice and have the logo screen printed onto them at one of the school-approved screen printing locations. Remember, shirts must be unworn and unwashed before screen printing.
Designer Sportswear ($4)
80 Webster Street in North Tonawanda
Open M-F, noon to 5 pm
(You might want to call this location before stopping by.
Please note: this location will be closed from Sep 9 to Oct 9.)
D & T Graphics ($5)
(you must bring your items into the school and they will be printed with the next uniform order)
The school does not prescribe a specific style of shoe. Shoes must be clean, odor-free and in good condition.
Students are not allowed to wear sandals of any kind.
Shoes should be safe to wear on tile floors.
Solid color socks (or nylons - girls only) must be worn daily and must be seen above the shoe.
A school-issued hoodie must be purchased through the Uniform Order Form (found here) to wear on cold days. (No other sweaters or jackets.)
Gym uniforms will consist of CAWNY logo t-shirts and shorts. Gray, solid colored sweat pants may be worn over shorts in cooler weather. Athletic-style shoes must be worn in gym class.
Gym uniforms are ordered through the Uniform Order Form (found here).
Boys are expected to have their hair cut so the back length does not come over the collar. Sides may be no longer than the earlobe – boys must be clean shaven. Students must keep their hair out of their eyes at all times in the classroom.
Extremes in hair styles and colors, faddish, unnatural or multicolored hair coloring or cuts are not acceptable. Hair must be kept neat and clean at all times.
(not to be deemed a conclusive listing)
Clothing may not have holes by design or obvious tears or patches.
Ripped, frayed or cut-off clothing may not be worn.
Hats, caps, hoods or sunglasses may not be worn inside the school building.
Girls may not wear dresses or skirts with slits that come above the knee.
Students may not wear athletic, yoga, sweat, cargo or camouflage pants.
Students may not wear leggings or "jeggings," even if they have pockets.
Undershirts must be plain with nothing showing through the main shirt or blouse. (The undershirt cannot contain colors, writing or pictures of any kind.)
Once again, only CAWNY-issued hoodie are allowed to be worn in the school building. Other jackets, sweaters, gloves or other outdoor clothing should not be worn during school hours.
Students may not have tattoos, permanent or temporary.
Students may not wear sweatbands, dog collars and/or similar neck, wallet or wrist chains.
Students may not wear buttons or pins that are not school-related.
Girls may only have ear piercings. Boys may not have earrings or other body piercings.
Nail length should not interfere with school activity. Boys may not wear any polish.
Boys may not wear make-up of any kind.
Students may not wear fishnet or un-conservative stockings.
Consequences for Violating the Dress Code
The standard consequence for violating any of CAWNY's rules is detailed in the Parent/Student Handbook, under the heading, Code of Conduct. However, the dress code has its own additional steps as detailed below. Failure to comply with these steps will result in the discipline moving to the standard Code of Conduct.
Dress Code Violations
First Offense – the student be given a warning.
Second Offense – the student’s parent/guardian will be called. The parent will be reminded that students must follow the dress code. The parent will be informed that this is the second time their student has been out of dress code. The parent will be informed that if the student is out of dress code for a third time, the student will be required to wear a CAWNY dark green polo and dress pants, at the parent’s expense.
Third Offense - the student will wear a CAWNY dark green polo and dress pants the next school day.
Fourth Offense – the student will wear a CAWNY dark green polo and dress pants for one week.
Fifth Offense - the student will wear CAWNY dark green polo and dress pants for the remainder of the quarter.
The consequences reset every quarter.
Students are NOT allowed to wear hats/caps or hoods inside the school building (except on Grub Days). This rule includes the hoods on the school uniform hoodies. (On Grub Days, the student will remove the hat/cap/hood from their head if requested to do so by a staff member.)
First Offense – the student will remove the hat/cap/hood and be given a warning.
Second Offense – the student will be required to place the hat/cap into his/her locker until the end of the day. If it is a hood attached to a hoodie, the student will be required to remove the entire hoodie and place it into his/her locker until the end of the school day.