A Message From Student Council
As Student Council President and Vice President, we have met with the administration in order to come together for the student body to address proper procedure and guidelines of the school dance dress code. Following Homecoming, we have voiced the concerns of students and parents in order to make changes for future school dances. As a result, we have been able to make compromises in order to differentiate our upcoming Cotillion dance from our previous Homecoming dance.
Through a joint effort, we have been able to make changes on how dress code will be handled at Cotillion to ease the enforcement of the dress code. We have been able to expand how dresses can receive approval in advance, ensuring students know whether or not their dress meets the guidelines prior to Cotillion. We have also worked with the school administration so that conversations with those students who are outside of dress code will be private.
We will continue to voice all pressing concerns of the student body and would like to thank the student body for their cooperation and unity. We look forward to a successful Cotillion dance.
Jacques-Charles Geoffrion, President
Cate Monnin, Vice President
Bishop Watterson High School Dance Guidelines
The dance committee, Student Council members and the administration have been in collaboration following Homecoming to make the remaining dances at Bishop Watterson a positive, fun experience for everyone. It is our hope that in this collaboration will set a tone that shows our desire to provide a supervised, safe space for students to create a greater sense of community within the school and create memories that will last beyond high school.
In an effort to promote modesty, dignity, self-respect, and respect of others, the dress code guidelines below will be enforced. Students are encouraged to see Mrs. Law or Mrs. Pore prior to the dance if you have questions regarding the appropriateness of your attire.
Ladies: Long or short dresses and jumpsuits may be worn, but must be tasteful and modest. Dresses shorter than 4” above the knee can be worn with opaque tights or leggings. Dresses that are too revealing, having front or side cut-outs, showing midriffs or are too low cut are not permitted. No exposed tattoos or body piercings are allowed.
Gentlemen: Long pants, button up shirts, jackets and ties must be worn. No exposed tattoos or body piercings are allowed.
Admittance to the dance, with consideration of attire, will be left to the discretion of the administration present that evening. We understand that traditional interpretation of dress code is often at odds with fashion and cultural trends right now. Modesty is admittedly a subjective interpretation, but one which we value as a Catholic school. Keeping this in mind, students should err on the side of modesty and formality to avoid issues upon entry. Parents will be called to bring a change of clothes or to take the students home if the student is dressed inappropriately. We will NOT provide alternate clothing for students to wear during the dance.
These rules, along with all other handbook guidelines, apply to guests from other schools, and it is the responsibility of the Bishop Watterson student to inform their guests of such guidelines.
Parents will be contacted immediately if a student and/or their guest is under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance. Student and/or guest will be denied entrance, removed from the dance, and/or released to their parent/guardian. Students will also receive school consequences according to handbook guidelines. BWHS will contact the guest school to inform the school of the incident.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and respect of the school dance guidelines.