Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart


SHA Uniform Dress Code Effective September 2017

Beginning the first day of school, the school uniform is worn every day during regular school hours.  The regulation uniform must be purchased through Flynn and O’Hara, the Shark Shop, or Lands' End (skirts only).  The basic SHA uniform consists of a polo shirt, gray skirt, shoes, and socks. Sweaters and sweatshirts may be added for warmth.  The following is a list detailing allowable pieces:

Skirt Gray, no shorter than two inches above the knee.  Can be purchased from Flynn and O'Hara or Lands' End.
Shirt Polo shirts with school logo in white, maroon, or black. They may be worn tucked in or left untucked.  Both long and short-sleeved options are available.  Polo shirts may not be layered.  Plain white tee-shirts may be worn under polos, but they must be tucked in.  No multi-colored layers are allowed. Can be purchased from Flynn and O'Hara or the Shark Shop.
Sweaters Crewneck or v-neck school sweaters with the Sacred Heart logo in white, maroon, or black.  Or a cardigan in maroon with school logo may also be worn.  Can be purchased from Flynn and O'Hara.
Sweatshirts Only sweatshirts with the official SHA emblem in maroon, white, black, or gray may be worn.  Necklines, cuffs, and hemlines may not be ripped, torn, or hanging.  No class, club, Spirit Week, or athletic team sweatshirts or jackets may be worn.  Please note: the Senior Class sweatshirt is the only exception to this rule (this is a Senior Class privilege). Can be purchased from Flynn and O'Hara or the Shark Shop. Black fleece zippered jackets and half-zippered jackets with the school emblem may also be worn.  May be purchased from Flynn and O'Hara.
Shoes Flat shoes only.  This includes moccasins, boat shoes, espradrille-style, Crocs, etc.  No athletic shoes, sneakers, high heels, sandals, flip-flops, slippers, or boots may be worn.  Any exception requires a medical excuse.
Socks Tights, pantyhose, knee socks, or short socks (any length) in white, maroon, black, or gray (no patterns) must be worn.  Solid colored footless tights or leggings in white, maroon, black, or gray are allowed, provided they are worn with socks of the same color that meet the dress code.  No legwarmers, fishnets, or bare feet are allowed.
Slacks Slacks are not allowed.  Students requiring more coverage of legs due to religious reasons must speak with Mrs. Rooney about alternate options.
Nametags Students will be issued (free of charge) one official SHA ID/nametag (on a lanyard) to be worn every day of the first semester.  No decorations, decals, or writing may be added.  Replacement nametags may be purchased in the Main Office for $2.


Uniforms are expected to be neat, clean, ironed, mended, and properly fitted.  Uniforms will be checked daily in homeroom by faculty.  Violations will be submitted to the Coordinator of Discipline.  Detention will be given after a student’s third violation (including nametag violations) and every time after that.   Students who are missing a piece of the uniform or who are wearing an item that is not in compliance, will be written up and loaned the necessary piece of clothing for the day.

Headbands of any color are allowed.  Head wraps, except for religious reasons, may not be worn.


Visible body piercing, other than pierced ears, is not permitted.  No facial jewelry may be worn.  Hair colors must be natural.  Hair styles/cuts must be appropriate and professional.  No visible tattoos are allowed.


Students must be dressed appropriately for school. No strapless tops, tops with spaghetti straps, or see-through blouses may be worn.  Tank tops must have straps 2" wide.  No bare midriffs or excessive cleavage are to be shown.  No low-slung pants, pants with writing across the backside, or pajamas may be worn. Shorts are not permitted, except during June exams.  No slippers or footwear deemed unsafe.  Other guidelines may be announced as needed by the Coordinator of Discipline.


To celebrate the many ways SHA students contribute as part of a school sanctioned group or team, certain days will be designated as Uniform Spirit Days.  On these days, students may wear their official SHA activity sweatshirt/t-shirt in school colors (white, maroon, black, or gray) with the remainder of the school uniform. 


Athletes must remember that as team members, they represent Sacred Heart Academy.  Proper attire is part of the positive image of a SHA student, on the way to the game, on the court, and at practice.  Athletes whose team chooses to purchase team athletic attire are reminded that if they choose to include something more than the SHA insignia or a slogan along the leg or across the back of tops, they must seek prior approval from the Athletic Director.  No "messages" are to be printed on or displayed across the chest or backside.


Students must be dressed appropriately for school.  Dress pants, dresses of appropriate length, skirts, sweaters should be worn.  Footwear should be safe to wear on the marble stairs and hallways. No revealing tops, bare midriffs, or jeans are allowed.  Dress up regulations apply to all students on field trips unless teacher specifies more casual dress should be worn.  If performing, use the guidelines from your instructor or director for acceptable dress.