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〔Dress Code Issues〕

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Student demonstrates the consequences of dress code violations.

Student demonstrates the consequences of dress code violations.

Student demonstrates the consequences of dress code violations.

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Let’s talk dress code. Unless you’re new to this school, or just unaware of it, we have a dress code. Our dress code consists of 6 areas, 2 of which are probably the biggest issues at our school. Before I touch up into the dress code, I will first talk about the first two biggest issues in our school. 1: Ripped jeans. If you don’t know what ripped jeans are, the name is self explanatory: ripped jeans. The next issue is, crop tops, tops that are shorter than usual, and in some cases, show your stomach.

The first category in the dress code is hats, which must be full brimmed to wear at school. Next up is the face, no nose piercings (this issue is very minor at school). The next category covers shirts, if you reach up and your stomach shows, the shirt is dress code. The penultimate category is pants – no ripped jeans, or shorts that your fingertips go past. The final category is shoes, no heeled or open toed shoes. In my opinion, the dress code has its benefits and drawbacks, but in complete honesty, the dress code could do a tone down. Today, I have prepared 4 interviews, 2 of which are from the staff’s opinions, and the last two are from the student’s opinion. Here’s what the faculty had to say about the dress code:

 

STAFF INTERVIEW

Mrs. Lee : “I love fashion, I think it’s nice that everyone has their own sense of style when it comes to fashion, however, we are at school, so it’s important for us to dress appropriately.”

Mr. Morgan : “When I first got to this school, the dress code was really strict {…} now over the last few years, the students have shown responsibility, we have accepted a little more individuality in the way students dress. {…} what we do want is to make sure that the students are dressed in a way that they have to think, so they come to school and they are successful, like the teachers have a dress code, we have an expectation for students to dress that way as well.”

(Part two : Mr. Morgan on ripped jeans)

Mr. Morgan : “First of all, ripped jeans are a very fashionable fad with students right now. Ripped clothing is not a proper attire for a professional, and for a person that is looking for a job in a setting that has high expectations. We want to have the same expectations for students here, we want them to make sure that they’re dressed appropriately, that the students will not be distracted by clothing, and that they are here to dress for success.”

 

STUDENT INTERVIEWS

Anonymous Student: “I don’t like the dress code, because it judges you, not for your mindset, but how you dress. It’s difficult for a person to find something that fits them, also requires dress code, but also goes with their sense of style. It’s really difficult for a person, how do I know? I wanna wear shorts to school, but I can’t.”

Anonymous Student: “I think the dress code violates the individuality of people. I think ripped jeans should be okay, but not with excessive holes.”

The dress code is a big part of this school, and although people may fight it, in my opinions, I believe it’s actually beneficial, but at the same time detrimental. My thoughts on it kind of rely on the situation. Our phrase is, “Dress for Success”. In my personal opinion, you can dress in your way of style and liking, and still be rendered as successful, and wanting to learn. You don’t have to dress in such a way that almost forces “I want to learn, so I have to dress in a way that I don’t feel comfortable in because of the dress code.” Though this is a part students may complain about, certain articles of clothing like crop tops, are honestly too revealing for 12 or 13 year old students, and it’s a good thing it’s considered dress code. Relatively shorter t-shirts that don’t expose your stomach, shouldn’t be dress coded.

Sooooo… that’s my view on dress code, a few students’ views on dress code, and staff’s view on dress code. What are your opinions on the dress code? Do you think it’s beneficial? Is the dress code too strict? That’s all on this issue on the schools dress code.

Have a great day!

 

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