Change Rushe’s Dress Code!

Change Rushe’s Dress Code!

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Stephanie Rivera started this petition to Charles S. Rushe Middle School principal David Salerno

I am petitioning against Charles S. Rushe Middle Schools dress code. It violates students right to equal opportunities during the school day. Policy states that the dress code is enforced “In order to promote an orderly learning environment in our schools while preparing all students for later success in the world of work”. Yet, how are off-the-shoulder tops, leggings, and a few rips in jeans disrupting the orderly learning environment? Rather, I think these rules and regulations are disrupting a female students right to learn peacefully. If a female student violates the dress code, 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 female students right to learn because what they are wearing, might be distracting to the male population of the school. This 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, which is structural sexism. I understand that there are reasonable and practical rules that are under the dress code, however, ripped jeans, leggings ONLY with a long shirt that comes 4 inches above the knee, and shorts/skirts that are 4 inches above the knee are out of style, not to mention extremely hard to find in stores, shouldn't be. If female students are allowed to wear dresses that are 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 above the knee as well. 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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