Dress codes in schools

Dress codes in schools

Savannah Walraven, Rosemary Nieves, writer

Most schools around the world have a dress code managing what students can and cannot wear to school. Whether it is a uniform or just a set of rules students must follow in accord to their clothing, schools expect these regulations to be followed with no exceptions. School appropriate attires should be decent and modest.

Below are a few of the former and newer rules that the GC school system uses to make sure students are dressed appropriately for school:

  • Clothes should not have inappropriate images/profanity printed on them such as gang signs, sexual phrases, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, curse words or derogatory remarks
  • Skirts and shorts should be no higher than five inches above the knee. This rule changed recently, it used to be three inches above the knee for both boys and girls
  • Neither sex is allowed to show excessive shoulders, meaning tank tops, strapless tops, spaghetti tops, and off-shoulder tops are not permitted on school campus
  • Leggings are only permitted if the student is wearing a long shirt or sweater to cover their bottom and genital region
  • Pajamas are only allowed on designated days like “spirit days” otherwise they are highly discouraged because they break the dress code rule of no baggy clothes or tank tops
  • Undergarments should be hidden at all times.
  • Necklines must be modest and cleavage cannot be exposed
  •  Some schools prohibit the use of slippers, high platform shoes, or any shoe that might impair the student’s ability to escape a fire or a school shooter
  •  Hats are not permitted inside of schools, unless it is a designated hat day for the entire school

Though many students believe that dress codes are unnecessary and rid them of their free will, schools just want students to be safe from people with bad intentions in and outside of the classrooms. Schools also hold students to a higher standard when it comes to dressing modestly because they are preparing the students for dress codes in future jobs and basically teaching them to be professional and to respect workplaces. If you have any questions, or want to read more about dress codes in schools, please view the powerpoint linked below.