By Shelby Rife
You wake up on a Monday morning, feeling ready to start the new school week right. You check the weather and see that it is going to feel just like a summer day, hot and sunny. You think to yourself– it’s a great day to wear a skirt and curl my hair today!
As you walk up to the tower steps quickly and into the school building with a big smile on your face, you hear the words from a security guard that you were trying so hard to avoid.
“That skirt is too short ma’am, you’re going to have to change.”
Your smile disappears fast, along with the great mood you were in a few seconds ago.
The school dress policy should be revised. I’m not saying we should completely remove the policy and have students walking around with spandex shorts and cropped tops, but it should definitely be changed.
There are two main sections of the school dress code that many students do not agree with.
First, the school rule on the strap length of your shirt. They must be at least two fingers across the shoulder.
That is definitely not fair for people who just have naturally chubby fingers. They’re going to have much longer straps compared to a girl who has very small fingers.
Also, it does not make sense how a bare shoulder is going to distract people of the opposite sex from learning. As long as female’s breasts, or a male’s chest, is covered it’s all right.
“A guy isn’t going to look at a girl with spaghetti straps and be like- dang look at that sexy shoulder,” says Cassidy Logay, a junior at Loy Norrix, who also disagrees with the school dress code.
Secondly, the rule on leggings and the length of your bottoms. All types of leggings are not allowed to be worn, and your skirt or shorts have to be at least two inches above the knee.
“The leggings rule is completely unfair. You could buy a pair of jeans that are just as tight as leggings,” says Abbi Danek, a junior at Loy Norrix.
Also, the security guards and administrators who enforce the dress code are very inconsistent. One day you can walk into school with shorts shorts, and other days they will make you change from a skirt that is all the way down to your knees. The dress code wouldn’t seem as bad to students if they stayed consistent with enforcing the policy.
For students with families that receive a lower income, it is much easier for them to buy a pair of leggings or a skirt for ten dollars, where as jeans, which you can usually find the cheapest for around twenty dollars.
“I feel like the only thing I can wear to school are jeans,” says Chantal Vanges, a senior of Loy Norrix.
Changing the dress code so that it is not as strict, but still keeps students from covering everything up, is ideal for a school environment. Although it is understandable that faculty create these rules to keep the school in more of a learning environment, they should create rules that are fair and constitutional.