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Thoughts on Dress Code at HHS

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Harrison Student technically breaking the leggings with no shirt covering dress code rule.

Harrison Student technically breaking the leggings with no shirt covering dress code rule.

Harrison Student technically breaking the leggings with no shirt covering dress code rule.

Deja Marine

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HHS has always had a dress code for students. For some of the rules, the dress code doesn’t apply if you’re a male but for females at HHS it’s a totally different story. Some questions that pop up in students’ minds  are “Why do we have a dress code?” and “What will happen if we disobey dress code rules?” 

 According to The Student Code of Conduct, students are prohibited from wearing hoodies or hats while in school because of security.  Having on a hoodie that covers your face can cause the issue of staff not being able to see and know who you are.  Also, they can become a distraction.  

“I often wonder why we have a dress code in high school,” Jayden Fluker, 11 said.  “Why do we need to have rules on what we wear if we all attend a free dress school?”

Hall monitor Ms. Pam said that the reason we have a dress code is to prevent distraction and to monitor the dress and grooming of the students and make sure none of the students are exposing too much cleavage or wearing things that are too short. She also explained that it is needed to monitor the speech or images that could be portrayed on some clothing. 

Females aren’t supposed to wear leggings or yoga pants without a shirt that doesn’t cover their bottom. Many young ladies don’t agree or follow that rule. “Personally I wear leggings to school all the time,” Francesca Tabor, 12 said. “Leggings are extremely comfortable, and we should be able to wear them regardless of the length of our top.”    

When a dress code rule is broken by a student a hall monitor or administration may give a warning just by asking them to cover what is being exposed or restate the rules to them. If a student repeatedly breaks the rules and gets caught they will have to change their dress or a parent/guardian will be called by administration to bring them another set of clothing or to pick them up.

 Many students feel that the dress code is a good thing to have but some of the rules are too strict. Peyton Paymon, 11 said “I think we should have dress code but just have lighter rules because anything we do wear we should automatically know if it’s okay or not to wear to school.”

Mrs.Gadjev-Drouin gave her opinion as a teacher and said that the students should be able to have a say in what they can wear and be able to compromise with administration so that they can be more comfortable and express themselves in dress and grooming.

Over the years, HHS’ dress code has been reinforced over and over by hall monitors, teachers, and administration. Maybe one day the dress code will change in a way that includes the students.

 

 

 

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