Thursday, February 20, 2020

Don’t Get Dress Coded

By: Madison Welsted/Content Editor

Confusion involving the new student dress code is on the rise, and many students are not sure what items in their closet are still considered school appropriate. Here are the biggest changes to be aware of, clarified to help make sure students won’t get dress coded.

Sweatshirts – Hooded sweatshirts are no longer allowed to be worn during school hours. This includes any type of shirt or top that has a hood attached. The exception is that sweatshirts, and other hooded clothing, may still be worn as a coat when entering and leaving the school; they are just not allowed throughout the day as part of an outfit. This is a significant change for many students, and even some teachers, so it is something to be aware of, especially when finding alternatives for the colder weather. The reason for banning hooded clothing, according to the school board, is to increase safety and security for middle and high school.

Holes/Rips – Students are no longer allowed to wear any clothing that has holes or rips. This goes for all articles of clothing, but specifically jeans. However, frays at the bottoms of jeans are still acceptable, and patches that completely cover the hole on the outside are also still allowed.

Leggings – Yoga pants, leggings, and spandex are no longer allowed to be worn as pants on their own, however, they are allowed to be worn under clothing that covers the body in the way that a dress would. For example, leggings could still be worn with an over sized sweater or dress. So, these items can stay in the school closet as long as they have the proper attire to go along with them.

Athletic Shorts – Mesh shorts, and all athletic shorts, are no longer acceptable to wear at school. Certain shorts made of nylon material may still be acceptable if they don’t fall into the category of athletic shorts. Jeans, Khakis, and dress pants are other acceptable options.

Tank Tops – The 3 finger rule for students regarding tank tops is no longer in effect due to the new dress code. Tank tops are not considered appropriate for students to wear anymore, since shoulders must be fully covered by the shirt worn. Make sure to double check this section of the handbook before wearing a shirt that may be considered a tank top.

Shoes – This year the dress code is enforcing safer footwear. Flip flops and slides are no longer considered safe or acceptable footwear for Blue Ridge. Shoes with extremely high heels should also be avoided.

Homemade Logos – It is no longer just offensive logos that the dress code prohibits. Now, this category prohibits homemade logos as well. The reasoning for this, according to Mr. Button, is to discourage students from making clothing on their own that may contain something inappropriate or offensive. However, students are also to be informed, “If a club, organization, or an individual student has a special purpose to create a homemade logo, they can propose the logo to the MS/HS Principal for approval,” as Mr. Button has directed.

An additional side note for students: “If students have a question regarding a piece of clothing apparel and are unsure if it meets the dress code, they can bring the item to school and request to meet with our MS/HS Principal to seek clarification before the wear the item to school.” – Mr. Button

Overall, the dress code is significantly different this year than it has been in the past for Blue Ridge High School. Hopefully, this article will clarify any questions remaining about it and help students dress appropriately so that no one has to be dress coded.

For more information, refer to the student dress code on pages 17-18 of the student planner, or visit the pdf on brsd.org for an online version of the dress code and what to and what not to wear.

Special thanks to Mr. Button, for providing direct clarifications about the dress code.

Madison Welsted
Madison will be a young graduate at 17, but she is looking forward to finishing her senior year of high school. In the future, she plans to earn her master's degree in a major related to psychology, as she aspires to become a one-on-one counselor. She works at Subway and babysits to help save money. In her free time, she likes to read, write, and talk to people, so journalism is a topic of interest to her for sure.

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