Throughout the school year, Pius X High School will host dances for students. These dances may range from informal (sweat dance), to formal (Prom). These events are intended to be a safe, modest, and moral place for our students to have fun. Any student that arrives more than thirty minutes after the start time of a dance may be submitted to a breathalyzer. If a student wishes to leave earlier than thirty minutes prior to the end time of a dance, an administrator or school official at the dance must speak to a parent or guardian.
Dress at Formal and Semi-Formal Dances
In keeping with our mission, Pius provides the following dress policy for dress at formal dances. This policy supports the formal/semi-formal atmosphere and promotes modesty:
- No excessively tight clothing may be worn.
- Neckline must be modest and reveal no cleavage. The entire breast area must be completely covered with solid fabric including the space between the breasts. (Hints: Ensuring that there is solid material from the top crease of the armpit and lower will ensure compliance. Straps are not required, but on some dress styles, they really help a dress not to shift downward and become out of compliance.) Midriff must be covered completely (mesh or shear material is not acceptable).
- No open backs or sides. Solid material must cover the sides of the body and entire back from the bottom of the shoulder blades and lower.
- The hemline or the highest point of a slit in the dress at the bottom must extend to within 3 inches of the top of the knee. The hemline point must be a solid material.
- Students must be in dress compliance throughout the entire evening. (Hint: The tape that is sold to adhere a dress/top to the skin does not work. Within one or two dances, the perspiration removes the hold of the tape.)
- Leggings and tights are an accessory and not considered outer apparel.
- Button-down shirt with collar or a sweater is required.
- No excessively tight clothing may be worn.
- Dress slacks and shoes are required.
- No jeans or shorts are allowed.
- Tuxedos are customary for Prom; however, they are not required.
Students coming to the dance not within the stated policy will be assisted, if they approve, with pins and fabric. Once the fix is made, the student will need to sit in the room for fifteen minutes prior to being allowed into the dance. If a fix is not possible or if students do not want to be assisted, the student may choose to leave the dance (parents will be called), or parents may bring a new outfit that is within the policy. Students may not enter the dance until they are in full compliance.
Pius students who invite guests from other schools ARE RESPONSIBLE for sharing the policy and ensuring their guest is in compliance.
Dress at Informal Dances
- No excessively tight clothing
- Neckline must be modest and reveal no cleavage. The entire breast area must be completely covered with solid fabric including the space between the breasts. (Hints: Ensuring that there is solid material from the top crease of the armpit and lower will ensure compliance. Straps are not required, but on some dress styles, they really help a dress not to shift downward and become out of compliance.)
- Midriff must be covered at all times
- Skirts and shorts must not be too tight. The highest point of the bottom of the shorts/skirt must extend to within 3 inches of the top of the knee. Running shorts do not meet this requirement.
- The following are unacceptable:
- Short Shorts-same rule as skirts
- Inappropriate graphics or words
- Undershirt tank tops
- Halter tops or strapless tops
- Cut out/off shirts
- Underwear cannot be showing
Appropriate Dance Policy
Students dancing outside of the acceptable policy outlined below will be brought out of the dance for re-teaching. The second offense will result in the student leaving the dance and parents will be called. Students who are asked to leave a dance may not be allowed to attend the next school dance.
Appropriate Dance is as follows:
1. Partners facing one another during a slow dance may be touching only above the waist.
2. Arms around the partner must be at waist level or above
3. Partners facing the same direction may not be touching at all.
4. Sexually suggestive movements are unacceptable.
5. Physical and unsafe dancing resulting in students deliberately jumping/running into each other or pushing each other is unacceptable.
6. Students must remain on the floor while at the dance; no “crowd surfing”.
7. Inappropriate hand gestures are not allowed
Students taken to the re-teaching room for inappropriate dancing will have to stay in the room for FIFTEEN minutes before being allowed to go back to the dance. If a student is taken to the re-teaching room more than once, he or she must leave the dance immediately; parents will be called.
THE ADMINISTRATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TOMAKE DISCRETIONARY JUDGMENTS REGARDING THE APPROPRIATENESS OF STUDENT DRESS,HAIR, FASHION, AND DANCE NOT EXPLICITLY COVERED BY THE UNIFORMOR FORMAL DANCE DRESS CODES.
REPEAT OFFENDERS OF EITHER THE DANCE OR DRESS POLICYMAY BE SUBJECT TO SCHOOL CONSEQUENCES SUCH AS DETENTION.