MPS Uniform & Dress Code

The present MPS uniform colors are grey, white, and green.  The supplier of skorts, slacks, shirts, and shorts is Schoolbelles. Our school code is S2904.

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Uniform & Dress Code Policy

Required at all times:

  1. Grey slacks or skort/skirt of modest length – no shorter than 4 inches above the knee (available from Schoolbelles only). Slacks must be hemmed so that they do not drag on the floor and they may not have split seams.
  2. One of the following:
    1. Ironed white oxford cloth shirt with white buttons and buttoned down collar, long sleeved or short sleeved (available from Schoolbelles and elsewhere), OR
    2. White knit or green polo shirt with MPS logo, long sleeved or short sleeved (available from Schoolbelles only).
  3. A plain black or brown belt should be worn with any pair of slacks manufactured with belt loops.
  4. Only a plain white turtleneck or tee shirt may be worn under the oxford cloth or polo shirts. Long sleeved turtlenecks or tees may not be worn under short-sleeved polos or oxfords.
  5. Socks or tights (required at all times).
  6. Girls are required to wear solid grey or black tights with skirts from October 15 to April 1. During the remaining months white, grey, or black solid color crew or knee socks may be worn.
  7. Boys are required to wear white, grey, or black solid color crew socks.
  8. Navy socks may be worn with uniform shorts.
  9. Shoes: a closed toe shoe in condition of good repair. Boots, sneakers and slippers may NOT be worn as part of the uniform.

Dress Uniform:

On designated days during the school year, students are asked to wear their dress uniforms, which consist of the grey slacks/skirts, belts, shoes, and socks as described above. The only changes are:

  1. ONLY white oxford cloth shirts may be worn; no polo shirts.
  2. Green or plaid MPS tie (available from Schoolbelles or from the MPS Spirit Store) must be worn.
  3. Sweatshirts are not an acceptable part of the dress uniform. Although not required, the only sweaters that may be worn with the dress uniform are:
    1. Green cardigan with MPS logo (available only from Schoolbelles).
    2. Green v-neck sweater with MPS logo (available only from Schoolbelles).
  4. Shorts are not an acceptable part of the dress uniform.

Optional Items:

  1. Green cardigan with MPS logo (available only from Schoolbelles).
  2. Green v-neck sweater with MPS logo (available only from Schoolbelles).
  3. Dark (hunter) green collared or crew neck sweatshirt with small white lettering representing the school, an MPS team or an MPS activity. The sweatshirt may not have a hood or a pouch and may not be ripped or torn. All designs must be approved by the MPS administration. This sweatshirt may not be worn on dress uniform days.
  4. Dark (hunter) green full-zip fleece with the MPS crest (available from the MPS Spirit Store).
  5. An oxford cloth shirt or a uniform polo shirt must be worn at all times, including under any of the school sweaters or sweatshirts.
  6. Navy blue shorts (may be worn before Oct. 15 and on or after April 1) (available only from Schoolbelles).

Students are expected to be neatly dressed and well-groomed at all times. Each student’s personal appearance should be compatible with the school’s educational purpose and environment. Oxford shirts must be pressed and tucked in at all times.

The following is a partial list of items which may not be worn on uniform days unless an exception has been expressly stated: non-uniform sweatshirts, printed or colored tee shirts, hats, non-uniform pants, cropped leggings, scarves, and around the neck keychains.

No student will be allowed to wear his/her coat during the school day. All coats, hats, and boots are to be left in the student’s locker before homeroom each morning and removed from that locker only after the final bell of the day.

**Non-uniform items such as ball caps and non-uniform sweatshirts may be confiscated and returned at the discretion of the teacher.**

Body piercings on a site other than an ear are to be filled with clear studs of the smallest size. Hair colors must stay within the scope of naturally occurring hair colors. Contact lenses must be confined to normal human eye colors and shapes. Tattoos cannot be visible during the school day.

Any uniform violation deemed minor by a teacher and an administrator will result in a verbal warning. Repeated minor violations can result in a tier 1 or tier 2 detention, at the discretion of the Dean of Students. More flagrant uniform violations may result in a tier 2 detention and the student may be required to change his/her clothes.

A temporary uniform excuse may be given by the student’s homeroom teacher upon the written request of a parent or guardian. Interviews and appointments during or after school hours are not excuses for being out of uniform. As a general rule, students are expected to be in a complete uniform at all times, internships included.

On occasion, students will be allowed to wear clothing other than those uniform items outlined above. “Special dress” days will be announced in advance either by the student council or the administration. At such times, appropriate dress guidelines will be issued. On these occasions Mercyhurst Prep students will dress and groom themselves in a manner suitable for the event being sponsored.

Dress up attire: Certain school days are designated as DRESS UP DAYS for specified groups or individuals. The definition of dress up is a non-uniform outfit that is neat, professional, and appropriate to an office/workplace. Includes: slacks (not jeans, sweatpants, warm-ups), skirts (no shorter than 4 inches above the knee, not stretch or body hugging), dresses (can be sleeveless but not bare shouldered), blouses, sport shirts and golf shirts with collars, dress shoes. Does not include: athletic wear, shorts and cut-offs, tank tops, low cut tops, low rise or body hugging pants (includes yoga pants/ leggings), spaghetti strap shirts and dresses, crop tops, halter tops, tee shirts, sweatsuits, hiking boots, sneakers, sport sandals.

Jeans days: Students are reminded that jeans days are school days and that one’s attire, while casual, must still comply with the concept of “appropriate to the setting”. If students choose to wear components of the uniform they must wear the entire uniform in conformity with the guidelines above. Purchase of a ticket allows students to wear only jeans and dress or cargo shorts of uniform length. It does not allow students to wear short shorts, cut offs, halter tops, crop tops, low cut tops, body hugging pants (includes yoga pants/ leggings), athletic shorts, miniskirts or tunics with leggings, pajama pants, sweat pants, warm-up pants, low rise jeans, or clothes that carry slogans or art dealing with sex, drugs, alcohol, or violence. Hats are not to be worn.

Birthdays: Students may enjoy either a jeans day or a dress up day on their birthday or half birthday. See guidelines above. If a birthday falls on a dress uniform or jeans day, the birthday privilege should be taken on the next school day.

Letter to Parents

Dear MPS Parents/Guardians:

As we approach the end of this school year, I wanted to let you know that there have been some slight updates to the school uniform, as well as a change in the uniform provider for the upcoming school year 2019-20.

Schoolbelles is now the company that will supply our uniform needs. Schoolbelles has headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a family-owned business with over sixty years of success. Their uniform products carry a lifetime guarantee and are designed to meet all your expectations in quality and value. In addition, Schoolbelles offers a loyalty program, layaway, and various sales throughout the school year.

The uniform changes will take place with the incoming freshman class of 2023; however, please know that you are free to add new pieces to the current uniform, as the overall color scheme of hunter green and gray will remain the same with some new options. The girls will now have a two-pleat skort instead of the A-line skirt, and a green polo will be an option for both girls and boys, as will banded (fitted) bottom polos, a new tie, and softer sweaters.

Once again, please note that the plan is to phase in these new changes with the freshman class. If your daughter’s or son’s current uniform from Flynn and O’Hara is still in good condition, he or she may continue to wear it.

Schoolbelles will be at Mercyhurst Prep on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. if you are interested in coming for fitting and/or ordering uniform pieces. Please note that if you come to the uniform fitting and place an order, you will receive free shipping on your order! If you are unable to attend the fitting on June 5, you may order online at using our MPS school code, which is S2904. You may also order by phone at 1.888.637.3037.

Here is a link to the buying/pricing guide:

If you have any questions about the uniform or new options, please do not hesitate to contact me at 824.2405 or

Sincerely in mercy,

Brenda Karlinchak
Assistant Principal/Dean of Students