Challenge the Dress code
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I am petitioning against Lockport Township High School's dress code. It violates a students right to equal opportunities during the school day. Policy 7:160 states that student appearance "must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency." Yet, how are off-the-shoulder tops, and a few rips in jeans disrupting the educational process? Rather, I think these rules and regulations are disrupting a students right to learn peacefully. If a student violates the dress code, he/she is then taken out of the "positive learning climate" to get reprimanded by a dean of the school; which includes a consequence of some sort. Although this might seem like the reasonable thing to do, it's quite the opposite. It denies the students right to learn because what they are wearing, might be distracting to the male population of the school. My schools dress code is gender biased; it has more restrictions on what a female student can and cannot wear to school rather than a male student. I understand that there are reasonable and practical rules that are under the dress code. Ripped jeans and over-the-shoulder tops however, shouldn't be. If female students are allowed to wear dresses that 4-inches above the knee, there should be a modification to how students can wear ripped jeans. We should be allowed to have rips and frays 4-inches below the knee. I think that the school board should accommodate these modifications to the dress code because some rules are a bit extreme.
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