Dress Codes Cause Controversy During First Weeks of School

School dress codes have been a hot topic for years now. See which schools find themselves in the spotlight this week because of their dress codes.

The first week back in school comes with a lot of excitement and anticipation. But while students may be excited to return to school, many kids struggle to accept their school’s strict dress codes. Recently, both high schools and elementary schools are getting attention for their dress codes, both in positive and negative ways. At Stratford High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina, Principal Heather Taylor addressed her students on wearing leggings, “unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, even though you’re not fat, you look fat.” Taylor’s students and their parents were shocked by the principal’s comments, many of them asking for her resignation on the school’s Facebook page.

In Texas, a 4-year-old boy named Jabez Oates was prevented from going to school because of his long hair. According to his school district’s dress code, “Boy’s hair will not extend below the eyebrows, below the ear lobes, or below the top of a t-shirt collar. Corn rows and/or dread locks are permitted if they meet the aforementioned lengths.” Jabez’s mom Jessica tied up her son’s hair into a bun for his first day, but he wasn’t allowed into the school. Jessica said her son loves his hair and that she “will cut his hair the day he asks me to get his hair cut.” The school district stands by their policy, citing hygienic reasons.

One school in Evanston, Illinois, has actually garnered positive attention because of their newly-released dress code. The dress code’s rules open by addressing the reasons behind the dress code’s changes, “All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal “distractions” without regulating individual students’ clothing/self expression.” Some parents may find the school’s dress code to be too relaxed. Take a look at Evanston Township High School’s dress code here.

In North Carolina, Durham Public Schools just officially banned swastikas, Confederate flags, and Ku Klux Klan symbols from being worn in school, passing with a unanimous vote from the school board.

Some parents and students find that uniforms are the best way to prevent any complicating factors for students regarding the dress code. Uniforms may consist of a simple choice like khaki or dark pants with a polo or button-down shirt. While it prevents students and teachers from judging each other based on clothing choices, oftentimes students don’t like uniforms, saying that they prevent self-expression.

Both students and parents have strong opinions on dress codes.

What do you think? What are your children’s schools’ dress codes like? Do you think students should wear uniforms?


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