The philosophy of the Maryville Christian School dress code is to promote an appearance that is honoring to the Lord. The Bible tells us that “man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7) God knows our spiritual condition by our hearts, but men initially see only the physical body and how it is attired. Therefore, it is necessary that those who attend MCS present a modest, neat, attractive appearance as a testimony to the God we serve.
To encourage students to attire themselves in a manner that is practical, suitable, and safe for school activities and that discourages unnecessary distractions.
- To nurture student and parent responsibility for maintaining appearance that emanates from a Biblical worldview and doesn’t cause a brother or sister in Christ to stumble. “Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” Romans 14:13
- To foster hearts that graciously submit to social conformity and authority as those who will someday give an account to God, even when opinions differ. “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” Hebrews 13:17
- To create a proper atmosphere in which to learn and develop, expressing an attitude of considering others more important than ourselves. Philippians 2:3.
Parents and students are expected to exercise humility and cooperation in enforcement of the dress code to prevent it from becoming a significant or controversial issue.
Parents’ full support of this dress code is required. You do this by the cooperative attitude you display to students and by seeing that your students dress in compliance with this code.
Since opinions of appropriate attire differ, the Administration reserves the right to serve as final authority on student appearance.
Students may be required to make dress changes before they can continue with school functions and, in some cases, parents may be required to bring an appropriate change of clothes to the school. MCS t-shirts will be kept on hand for shirt violations. Students must return the cleaned shirt to the school within one week or a charge will be added to their FACTS account.
Grade-level discipline plans will be followed when dress code infractions occur.
Areas of dress not mentioned or defined in the below statements will be left to school personnel for interpretation and enforcement. IF AN ITEM OF CLOTHING RAISES A QUESTION IN YOUR MIND, DO NOT WEAR IT.
The Administration also reserves the right to notify students and parents of modifications or clarifications to the dress code, especially as fashion issues arise.