Get rid of the beard rule at Georgetown Preparatory School

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Ryan Yousefi started this petition to Father James Van Dyke and
In the eyes of the students here at Georgetown Preparatory School, the "Beard Rule" that is part of the dress code is unnecessary. According to students, the reasons behind the rule is that Prep is trying to help students achieve a certain "look." The "look" supposedly reinforces the kind of clothes and grooming style that makes them better candidates for jobs and future endeavors. That may have been true in 1789 when Prep first came into fruition, but now, in a time when beards and other forms of facial hair are more readily accepted, it no longer begins to make sense. I have also noticed that after graduation, students do the opposite of what the rule is trying to enforce.

I believe that the best solution would be to allow Prep seniors to decide on their own if they want to grow facial hair. Give seniors this privilege because many of them can grow facial hair and keep it neat. Neatness would also be the other rule. Rather than enforce no facial hair, enforce an idea of neatness. Make it so that students can grow beards and other forms of facial hair, as long as they keep it clean. Dean Rodriguez and Mr. Falatko can be the final decision makers on what passes for neat and enforce the new rules.

We all know what it is like to be caught by Dean Rod or Mr. Falatko and told to shave. The walk of shame to the office to go and pick up a razor and shaving cream is all too familiar to too many students. I want to change that, and I hope you all agree.
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