dress codes??

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dress codes??
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Wed, 08-18-2010 - 8:20pm

With the school year quickly approaching, I was wondering what the dress codes are like at the high school your teenager attends?? (if uniforms aren't worn)


They are pretty strict with the dress code here, which for some things is good...but pretty ridiculous for other things. Girls dresses are the worst. Dresses must COVER THE KNEE. When's the last time that was stylish for a teenager?(if you are even able to find one

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Registered: 04-04-2005
In reply to: dea_ann
Wed, 08-18-2010 - 10:02pm

with our school district the girls arent allowed to wear short short shorts. if anyone wears shorts to place your hands straight down at your sides the shorts have to be longer then where your finger tips are. same with the shirts and dresses for the girls.

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In reply to: dea_ann
Wed, 08-18-2010 - 10:13pm
I guess the high school dress code is not that strict. Here is what is prohibited:
Bare feet, Clothing that is too tight or too loose so as to be immodest, Sagging pants (worn below the waistline), Skirts/dresses/shorts shorter than three inches above the knee, Clothing that is transparent or has holes that may expose the seat or parts of the body unique to the male or female, Clothing that advocates or depicts illegal or violent conduct, such as the unlawful use of weapons, alcohol, drugs, tobacco or tobacco products,Clothing that contains inflammatory, vulgar or suggestive writing, slogans, pictures, or emblems, Studded belts, chain belts, Pajamas (to include bedroom slippers), Clothing that contains threats, such as gang symbols, Tank tops, sleeveless T-shirts, halter tops, backless blouses, strapless blouses or dresses, clothing exposing the midriff, Hats, caps, skullcaps, sunglasses, combs, picks, bandannas, etc. (Items subject to confiscation) Exception: Headwear customarily recognized for its religious significance.
Clothing or articles that may indicate membership in a gang.
Any other clothing that is disruptive to the educational process.
I copied that from the school handbook. Doesn't seem that bad, its alot more lenient then when I went to school many years ago.
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Registered: 01-04-2008
In reply to: dea_ann
Wed, 08-18-2010 - 11:54pm

I've been considering asking the school if they would reconsider the dress length for girls. It's basically impossible to find a knee length dress a 16 y/o old girl would be caught dead in . It would be nice if they could change it to what other school districts allow. (which is more in line with current fashion, while still being modest)


Also, If anybody knows a good place to get cute higher cut tanks or camis, please let me know! (Last year, I ordered some online that were supposed to be modestly cut...but honestly, I couldn't tell much difference.) I think the ones that she wears are fine, they're the same thing all the other kids wear. They are not low-cut at all, things just look different on different people. (Dress Code Nazi may not agree though)

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Registered: 04-17-2010
In reply to: dea_ann
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 12:28am
You may have to try lane bryant or go to the women's department instead of a junior's store if she is a D cup. Most cami's and teens clothing in general are made for C cup and below so they will not fit bigger chested females properly.
For the dress code maybe take up a petition among the parents or bring it up at a PTA meeting and then I would present that to the school committee. If you have the backing of parents they should be more willing to listen to you.
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In reply to: dea_ann
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 8:47am

Ours are minimal and enforced for only the most egregious of offenses.

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In reply to: dea_ann
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 10:43am
Our school has the same basic dress code except that for dresses, they have to be the length of your arms by your side. I have really never heard of a school requiring dresses to cover the girls' knees unless it's a very conservative school. I went to Catholic school for elementary & we didn't even have that rule. We also have a rule that prohibits flip flops or backless sandals which is kind of difficult to find. That is more for a safety reason, which doesn't really make sense since girls could wear really high heels. Also they aren't allowed to wear pants or shorts that have writing on the butt.
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Registered: 08-11-2009
In reply to: dea_ann
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 11:41am

Here is our dress code - copied from handbook.


Advertising or promotion of alcoholic beverages, tobacco and illegal drugs is not permitted. This includes jewelry. Attire that contains vulgar or offensive language, or is sexually explicit, indecent or lewd. Tank tops are not permitted for boys or girls. All shirts worn must have shoulders, fit well in the armpit area, and not have a plunging neckline; Cleavage of over 1 inch is unacceptable. (Each shoulder must be covered by a minimum of 2 inches.) Oversized baggy pants may be worn ONLY with a belt that secures the waistline above the hips. Pants must be at the hips even if a long shirt accompanies the pants. Walking shorts will be permitted. Cutoff sweatpants are not permitted. Shorts, which depart from good taste, modesty, and decency, are not permitted���the 4 inch rule will be applied. Two-piece outfits must touch at the waist. Bare midriffs are not permitted. The judgment will be made when the student is at regular stance or posture. Skirts and dresses are to be appropriate and modest. Shoes must be worn at all times. Slippers are not appropriate. Clothing considered pajama or lounge pants are not acceptable. Clothing usually worn as undergarments cannot be worn as outer garments; this would include boxer shorts, pajamas, and pajama pants. The wearing of caps or hats will not be permitted in the building during school hours (normally 8:00 am to 3:30 pm). Wearing or carrying bandannas or colored handkerchiefs will not be permitted. (Violations will result in hats and bandannas being confiscated until the end of the school year.) The wearing of jeans with holes, slashes, or cuts will not be permitted if they occur above mid thigh or are excessive. Certain types of apparel may, due to its offensive nature, whether written or implied, need to be designated inappropriate. At the present time ―Hooters‖, ―Southside‖ shirts are deemed unacceptable.


Recently groups of students have been having shirts printed with slogans or sayings that have had questionable meaning or insinuations and are not suitable in an educational setting. We strongly urge that students have these shirts approved prior to their printing.


Chains have become a popular clothing accessory. Chains that are connected at both ends to clothing or wallets/billfolds and are not longer than 12 inches will be permitted if the chain is appropriate for school.


I honestly had never read the whole thing before. I don't think they have a lot of problems with it.

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In reply to: dea_ann
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 1:59pm
When I sent my kids to HS, my concern was whether or not they could get a decent education in the school, NOT whether or not they could dress STYLISHLY while in school. That, honestly, NEVER crossed my mind.

America’s high school graduation rate ranks 19th in the world. Forty years ago, it ranked first. Reading scores in the US rank 33rd among educated countries, math ranks 27th, and science ranks 22nd. The fact that a parent is so concerned with what kids are wearing, that they are <> beggars the imagination. If parents were more concerned with what kids were learning, instead of what they are wearing, perhaps education in America would not have deteriorated so badly, especially for girls. This is why schools go to uniforms.
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In reply to: dea_ann
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 2:08pm

Thanks for the replies. I'm going to send an email to the Vice-Principal to see if the rules are subject to change. (I'm

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In reply to: dea_ann
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 2:16pm

"If parents were more concerned with what kids were learning, instead of what they are wearing, perhaps education in America would not have deteriorated so badly, especially for girls. This is why schools go to uniforms. "


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