Dances

Dances offer a great chance for students to participate together in a special weekend activity. Sponsorship of the dances is rotated among the various classes and clubs. All dances are from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. The values and regulations given below are in effect not simply at Saint Francis, but at all Catholic high schools in the Diocese of San Jose. These expectations were developed collaboratively by the Deans and Activities Directors at all six high schools in the diocese (Archbishop Mitty, Bellarmine, Notre Dame San Jose, Presentation, Saint Francis and Saint Lawrence). These policies will be implemented, published and enforced at all six schools.

These common policies emerge from our shared mission in promoting the Catholic, Christian values that recognize the dignity and self-worth of all people. Within this setting, dances are viewed as an opportunity for students to socialize in a supervised and safe environment. Student behavior and manner of dress should reflect this guiding principle.

Dance Regulations

Guests are not admitted without a high school ID or guest pass. Failure to have an ID card may result in not being admitted to the dance.

All students in attendance must provide student ID upon request from school personnel. In the event of any violation of these regulations or any other behavior deemed inappropriate, the Dean of the guest’s school will be notified of the incident.

In order to provide a safe environment, any student attending a Saint Francis High School dance may be subject to a Breathalyzer test.

Large jackets, purses and backpacks may be inspected by school personnel before admittance to the dance. Students are encouraged to leave purses and backpacks at home as the school cannot monitor them during the dance. Students bring valuables at their own risk.

For the duration of the dance, students will be expected to be in compliance with the standards of dress stated below.

All dance styles must comply with standards of Christian morality, standards that include modesty and safety. School personnel will be the final judge of the appropriateness of dance style. School personnel will confront any student behavior or dancing deemed inappropriate. Inappropriate dancing includes, but is not limited to, the following: slam dancing, break dancing, moshing, “freaking,” suggestive, or otherwise inappropriate or dangerous dancing.

Students violating any of these rules may have their parents phoned and may be asked to leave the dance. Students who are in violation of school policies will also be subject to school disciplinary procedures. Behavior regulations and school policies apply to school dances, on or off campus. Any student who is deemed out of dress code will normally not be allowed to attend the next school dance. In extreme cases the student may also not be permitted to enter the dance.

Manner of Dress

Students are expected to be clean and neat in their personal appearance, observing standards of modesty, moderation and good taste. Any interpretation and judgment in these matters lies with school personnel supervising the dance. Clothing should be clean, hemmed and unripped. Clothing displaying any offensive or sexually-suggestive language, or anything related to tobacco products, alcohol or other illegal drugs will not be permitted.

Any boy who attends a dance at any high school in the Diocese of San Jose must wear clothes that meet the following guidelines. Boys will wear shirts with sleeves. Shirts must be either tucked into the pants or extend below the waistline. Pants, which may be short or long, must be secured around the waist. Gym or team shorts are not allowed. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats are not permitted.

Any girl who attends a dance at any high school in the Diocese of San Jose must wear clothes that meet the following guidelines. Overly tight pants or spandex pants or shorts may not be worn as outer garments. Shorts, skirts and dresses may be no shorter than mid-thigh. Slits on dresses or skirts that end above mid-thigh are not permitted. Blouses, dresses and tops that are strapless, tube tops, halter tops or tops that are low cut, off the shoulder or that show a bare back or midriff are not permitted. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats are not permitted.

Please note that some schools may modify the dress requirements for a theme dance or formal. In such circumstances, the school will provide clear instruction regarding the expectations for a particular dance. In addition to the diocesan-wide policies given above, here at Saint Francis the following regulations are also in effect.

Guest Policy

Guest passes are available for juniors and seniors unless otherwise specified. Except for the first dance of the school year, students may bring a guest to school dances by obtaining a Guest Pass from the Dean’s office. Freshmen and sophomores may bring a guest to the sophomore sponsored dance. Saint Francis students are responsible for the behavior, conduct and appearance of their guests. Dance Guest Passes are available in Room 306 a week and a half prior to the dance, and are due the Wednesday immediately preceding the dance. All guest requests are subject to approval by the Dean’s Office. Any late Guest Pass will only be accepted with prior approval from the Deans. Students dismissed from Saint Francis High School are not permitted to attend dances as guests of Saint Francis students.

Time

All school dances begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m. except for the Senior Ball which end at 11:00 p.m. Students will not be admitted to regular school dances after 8:00 p.m., or be able to leave before 10:30 p.m. unless permission from the Deans is previously given. Students should make all transportation arrangements prior to the dance. All students are expected to leave campus immediately following the end of the dance.

Not acceptable: Possession or use of electronic devices including cell phones, cameras or video devices at school dances.

Saint Francis High School1885 Miramonte AvenueMountain View, California 94040650 968-1213Fax: 650 968-1706
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