No ‘butts’ about it

Posted on August 22, 2008 by

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A chorus of voices fills the recently-vacant halls of Concord, some gossiping, some catching up, others shouting, “Pull up those pants!”

This year’s update to the dress code policy has caused plenty of controversy right off the bat, to say the least. Uncontainable protests and arguments between students and faculty could not be avoided during yesterday’s annual class meetings for sophomores and seniors over the changes in policy.

Although the changes made were for a “corporation-wide dress code,” according to Assistant Principal Tracy Armitage, many students are yearning for an explanation for some of the policy’s nuances rather than the main changes.

“I understand some of the changes,” TJ Denison (12) said, “but why can you wear flip-flops but not slippers?”

This CHS student is in violation of the dress code.

Other students found the changes strict toward girls in particular, especially the changes dealing with leggings, cleavage and skirt length.

“Leggings should be alright, because your legs would be covered,” Maria Rodriguez (12) said.

Despite the controversy, some are still ambivalent toward the new policies.

“[The dress code] makes people more comfortable around each other,” Ariel Wilson (10) said.

Teachers, caught in the middle of the fashion war, have to cope with creating relationships with students while maintaining the standards set by the faculty.

“It’s a constant battle for teachers,” Andi Pieh (French) said. “It’s all about respect on the part of both teachers and students.”

Some concern has been raised about the public nature of enforcement, and teachers struggle to convey their respect for their students in these situations.

“It’s about a common line of communication between teacher and student,” Pieh said.

Of course, there are differences between business and school, and teachers acknowledge a distinction between the office and the classroom.

“I don’t think a school should be set up like a business,” Martha Shoff (science) said, “but the school is going for a professional environment as opposed to a business environment.”

Shoff says that the dress code is in place to help educate students as to what is acceptable.

“This is the administration’s way of compromising,” Shoff said. “We could all be wearing uniforms.”

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