CHS dress code

CHS dress code

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Aspen white started this petition to Celina High School Administration

This petition is in regards to dress code within Celina High School. As students who must follow these codes we are speaking out against their discrimination and shaming against students for what they wear to school. The majority of CHS dress codes are set “to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following: 

ex. “All clothing must be clean and in good repair. No gapping holes in jeans will be allowed only if they do not become a distraction during the day. Teacher/Administration”, yet there is no guide as to what this looks like, what brand of clothing must be worn, what brands of clothing are not allowed where parents may and may not shop for clothing. These rules take into no account an individuals body type and the effect that has on clothing. Unfortunately I along with many other students find these policies both ineffective, subjective and offensive.

CHS Dress code features several rules aimed at girls only, ex. “Girls’ tops will show no cleavage. No halter, tank, tube, muscle, spaghetti straps, or

strapless tops may be worn. Sleeveless blouses may be worn to the edge of the shoulder. Shirts and blouses must be long enough that no skin or undergarments will be visible if both arms are extended above the head, or while sitting. An excessively long shirttail that could conceal a weapon may be required to be tucked in.” and boys only, ex.”Boys may NOT wear earrings (No band aid covering) or make­up of any kind.

 When told to remove an arrival of clothing, individuals are given clothing that makes it obvious they didn’t comply this is a blatant attempt at humiliating students for their dress. Another viewpoint is creating an unjust responsibility that how a girl dresses she is responsible for how a boy reacts to it, this is a behavior problem not a dress code problem. 

No student, should be publicly shamed by their school administrators for dressing in a way that they deem potentially “distracting”.

We agree that inappropriate language or the promotion of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco has no place at a public school. We also agree that clothing should not create a distraction to the students of a classroom.  Under  the Texas Administrative Code section §149.1001. and §149.2001 a students clothing is never mentioned as part of a positive environment for human capital(students) to grow and learn. 

We request CHS Administration review these policies and consider how they would best contribute to a positive focused learning environment and still allow freedom of expression.

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