LHC Dress Code
The Heart Behind The LHC Dress Code:
The purpose of establishing a dress code for Living Hope Co-op is to cultivate honor, respect and love for one another. The dress code for LHC was shaped by using Romans 12:10 as our guide: "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourself."
As followers of Christ, it is important that we desire to exemplify modesty and respect for our brothers and sisters in Christ with our clothing choices. But, modesty is so much more than what shirt we wear, the length of a skirt, or some jeans. Modesty is a character quality within a person or personality, rather than just a list of clothes that are appropriate or inappropriate to wear. The soul of modesty is based on humility and our heart attitude.
As parents, the training and teaching process of what modesty looks like is a continual journey and it is not an easy task. Here at LHC our heart is to treat one another with love and care, always looking out for what is in the best interest of our brother or sister in Christ, not causing them to stumble. When it comes to clothing choices, we need guidelines to help us honor one another, as Christ asks us to. We take seriously our responsibility to bear the name of Jesus Christ in a way that reflects His truth.
Because of this, you'll find that we have certain policies that need to be honored on Mondays. This dress code policy is not a "Biblical mandate", but what we call "co-op preferences".
Please read over the LHC Dress Code carefully and share the heart and details of it with your family. On Mondays, our goal is to have unity at LHC that shines the beauty of Christ, that fosters an exemplary learning environment and that honors one another by abiding in all LHC policies and procedures!
LHC Dress Code Expectations:
Because fashions change quickly and often, the LHC Board will review the dress code as needed and make changes at their discretion.
We ask that all students and parents honor one another by following the below dress code policy for Mondays at Living Hope Co-op, as well as all other LHC planned events.
- Clothing that reveals midriff or cleavage should not to be worn at co-op.
- Halter tops, or spaghetti strap shirts and dresses must have a sweater/sweatshirt covering the shoulders and straps if they are worn at co-op.
- Any message on a shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie must be a neutral, or God honoring theme.
- Dresses and skirts that are worn without leggings should fall at least to the knee.
- Dresses and skirts that are worn with leggings must be of modest length (no mini-skirts).
- Pants should be well fitting with no undergarments showing. No bare skin should be showing through tears or holes in pants- 2 inches above the knee.
- Shorts should be well fitting and the length must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
- Please download and read LHC's Dress Code with your family for additional information: LHC Dress Code
If a person's clothing choices are not representative of the heart behind the LHC dress code, the following guidance steps will be taken:
- First time guidance is needed: Person will receive an encouragement as to how they can better follow the dress code. Parent will be notified. It will be up to the board's discretion as to whether or not the person should go home to change clothes.
- Second time guidance is needed: Person will receive an encouragement as to how they can better follow the dress code and then be required to go home and change. Parent and student will need to meet with LHC Board Members during 2nd or 3rd period to discuss the heart behind the dress code.
- Third time guidance is needed: Person will be required to meet with LHC Board Members during 2nd or 3rd period to discuss whether attending LHC is really the best fit for them. It will be up to the board's discretion as to whether or not the person will be allowed to continue attending Living Hope Co-op, keeping in mind that on Mondays, our goal is to have unity at LHC that shines the beauty of Christ, that fosters an exemplary learning environment and that honors one another by abiding in all LHC policies and procedures.
(Below you will find some awesome website links that give great advice on this topic! Check them out together as a family!)
- http://www.purefreedom.org/documents/TruthOrBare_FashionChallenges.pdf (Dana Gresh)
- http://www.purefreedom.org/ (Dana Gresh)
- http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/index.php?id=800 (Hannah Farver)
- http://www.therebelution.com/modestysurvey/ (Brett and Alex Harris)