NEW Uniform

The school uniform provides a standard for our students that fosters a respectful learning environment.


New uniform piecesPlease note that Bishop O’Connell is updating the student uniform.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the new uniform (below) is required for the classes of 2020 and 2022. The classes of 2019 and 2021 may wear their existing uniforms for one year as long as they continue to comply with handbook requirements. For the 2019-2020 school year, all students will wear the “new” uniform.

FALL/SPRING UNIFORM
Students begin the school year in the fall uniform.

Boys

    • (NEW) Slacks – Bishop O’Connell’s gray slacks (worn with a solid black or brown belt) from Flynn & O’Hara.
    • Shirt – Navy golf shirt with the Bishop O’Connell monogram. (The polo shirt must be tucked in. Students may choose to wear a solid white t-shirt underneath.)
    • Socks – White or neutral solid color dress sock.

Girls

    • (NEW) Kilt or Slacks – Bishop O’Connell’s gray plaid kilt or uniform gray slacks from Flynn & O’Hara. The kilt must include the O’Connell logo on the hemline and should fall at the knee.
    • Shirt – Navy golf shirt with the Bishop O’Connell monogram. (Students may choose to wear a solid white t-shirt underneath.)
    • Socks or Tights – White crew socks or navy blue or gray knee socks. All socks must have O’Connell monogram. Tights may be sold navy blue, gray or black.

Shoes - The shoe must be a leather closed heel, closed toe, low top (below the ankle) dress-type shoe in solid black or brown.

(NEW) Pullover - The new blue O’Connell quarter-zip pullover sweater is the only option to be worn over the golf shirt when students are cold. Please note - the class of 2021 may wear the current navy blue uniform quarter-zip O'Connell sweatshirt.

WINTER UNIFORM
The winter uniform is similar to the fall-spring uniform with the following exceptions:

Boys

    • Shirt – Solid white or light blue, short or long-sleeved oxford shirt. (Shirts must be tucked in. Students may choose to wear a solid white t-shirt underneath).
    • Tie – School tie (blue striped tie).
    • Vest or Pullover – Blue O’Connell sweater vest or uniform pullover from Flynn & O’Hara must be worn over oxford shirt. (NEW - Blue is the only sweater vest color choice for all grades.)

Girls

    • Shirt – Solid white or light blue, short or long-sleeved oxford shirt. (Students may choose to wear a solid white t-shirt underneath).
    • Vest or Pullover – Blue O’Connell sweater vest or uniform pullover from Flynn & O’Hara must be worn over oxford shirt. (NEW - Blue is the only sweater vest color choice for all grades.)

OFFICIAL UNIFORM PROVIDER
Flynn & O’Hara School Uniforms
www.flynnohara.com
Fair City Mall
9650 Main Street, Unit 20
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-503-5966

Multiple Maryland locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the uniform at Bishop O'Connell?

We believe that a school uniform serves several important purposes:

  • Uniforms build community among our students.
  • Uniforms allow our students to keep their focus on learning.
  • Uniforms distinguish our students in the greater community.
  • Uniforms teach our students how to dress in a professional manner.

Why is the uniform changing?

We have been engaged in a multi-year analysis of uniform options with an eye toward both increasing the professional look of our uniform as well as having uniform pieces that are more flexible for students as they grow throughout high school.

Who will be required to wear the new uniform?

We encourage all families to purchase the new uniform. The classes of 2020 and 2022 will be required to purchase the new uniform for the 2018-19 school year. All students will be required to wear the new uniform for the 2019-2020 school year.

Will the PTO Used Book Sale still sell discontinued uniform pieces?

Only the class of 2019 will be able to purchase the discontinued pieces of the old uniform. These will be available in limited quantities.

What do we do if our student needs to replace a uniform piece, but is not required to wear the new uniform?

The old uniform will no longer be available at Flynn & O”Hara. The student must purchase a new uniform piece.

Can we alter the length of the new kilt?

No, Flynn & O’Hara has all sizes and will special order an item if needed. Please note that the hem of the new kilt must fall at the knee, and the O'Connell crest must be visible at the hemline.

When will everyone be wearing the new uniform?

In the fall of 2019, all Bishop O'Connell students will be wearing the new uniform.

Can we buy the uniform pieces anywhere?

Slacks, kilts, polo shirts, ties, vests and pullovers can only be purchased from our official uniform vendor--Flynn & O'Hara--or from the PTO Used Book Sale. Oxford shirts and other accessories can be purchased anywhere.

Still have questions?

Please contact our Student Life Office at 703-237-1409 if you have additional questions.