We all know about restrictive dress codes. They're typically used to unfairly target female students, students of color, and those with different religious beliefs. In the last year alone, there have been too many senseless dress code violations to count in schools across the states. Just this week, a Texas principal was forced to apologize after a video showing only the school's female students being punished for sexist dress code violations. It's truly getting out of hand.
But there is a glimmer of hope! One school district in Alameda, California is changing how dress code policies affect students.
Students must wear:
Students may wear:
Hats, including religious headwear; hoodie sweatshirts (overhead is allowed); fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants, and skinny jeans; sweatpants; shorts; skirts and dresses; midriff-baring shirts; pajamas; ripped jeans, as long as underwear is not exposed; tank tops, including spaghetti straps, halter tops; and "tube" (strapless) tops.
The items students cannot wear are limited to:
The thing is, Alameda isn't suggesting these kids dress outrageously. They just want kids to be comfortable, express themselves, and focus on their education.
"There’s an opportunity to listen to the young people," said Margo Dunlap, a parent of students in the Alameda district. "They’re dressing in a way that’s comfortable for them."