Evanston Township High School eradicated any language in its old dress code that can be used to humiliate students.
“Staff shall enforce the dress code consistently," the updated dress code begins. "And in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size.”
YAS, EVANSTON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL, YES.
The dress code also spells out what kind of shaming is not allowed, such as making a student feel like a "distraction" because of their outfit.
While the new code prohibits any clothing items depicting drug use, hate speech, profanity, pornography, and violence, it makes strides in reminding students that they are responsible for handling distractions on their own, and not shaming another student for causing them.
“Students should not be shamed or required to display their bodies in front of others (students, parents or staff) in school,” the policy states. “Shaming includes, but is not limited to … accusing students of ‘distracting’ other students with their clothing."
Leggings, yoga pants, spaghetti straps — all the usual offenders at other schools are A-OK at Evanston Township High.
As a sharp contrast to the South Carolina high school that prohibited leggings, Evanston is very openly permitting them to all students, regardless of size.
According to the new dress code, “fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and skinny jeans” are all OK. Cleavage and visible bra straps are also all fine, as long as students are wearing a shirt, some kind of bottom, and shoes.
The school worked with students to form this new dress code that better serves them.
According to the Chicago Tribune, students surveyed classmates about what they'd like to see change in the school's policies. They also protested the old dress code, which didn't allow for spaghetti straps, hats, tank tops and hoodies. The students then worked closely with school administrators and school principal Marcus Campbell on a new dress code that works for all students.
Sounds like most schools have a lot of catching up to do.