Approve modifications to the dress code

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**See what National Education Association wrote about similar policies that are now in force at Forcey (See http://neatoday.org/2018/07/24/when-school-dress-codes-discriminate/). Many parents have requested a meeting regarding this issue and we are waiting for school administrators to respond and set that meeting.**

My school does not have uniforms, however there is a dress code. They sent the updated dress code and it is pretty much geared towards girls. The dress code states, "children should dress in simple, neat play clothes. They may not wear shirts with pictures of monsters or any inappropriate images or slogans. They should wear appropriate shoes for recess activities and dress warmly for winter outdoor play."

"Shorts and skirts should sit mid-thigh to knee. Clothing should be appropriately-sized so that undergarments are not visible, including lines through the material or outer garments. Midriffs may not be exposed. Students may not wear muscle shirts, spaghetti straps, leggings or yoga pants, hoods/caps inside the building, or earbuds or headphones of any kinds. Hoodies will be treated as coats and may not be warn inside the building."

"If a student violates FCS dress guidelines they will be sent to the office to change into sweatpants and/or FCS t-shirt with the following consequences:

First offense, warning #1 write up in Renweb with notification to parents.

Second offense, warning #2 write up in Renweb with notification to parents and demerit assigned.

Third offense, write up in Renweb with demerit assigned and notification to parents, recess/after school detention assigned."

As you can see, the dress code is unfairly biased against the girls. The only thing in the dress code that is specifically for boys is the "no muscle shirt" policy. The updated policy is unfair and should be addressed immediately.

The school dress code is discriminating against the girls, which is horrible on its own. The fact that our principal is a women and this is a Christian school, just adds insult to injury. As a woman and a Christian, we would not expect policies to oppress any group, especially young women. Our school says it wants school to be "a safe and comfortable place of learning," but how can we learn comfortably when you ban articles of clothing we find comfortable? We dress for comfort. Configuring the dress code to primarily focus on the female student body is unjust.

Banning specific clothing items, is not going to teach modesty. Modesty can be achieved by incorporating tunic-style shirts or mid-thigh length dresses to be worn with leggings and/or yoga pants. Hoodies should be allowed as they are appropriately modest and already provide adequate coverage. We need to demand equality in the dress code and re-introduction of leggings, yoga pants (as paired with appropriately length tops) and hoodies.

We cannot be afraid to use our voice. We can be successful like the students in Kenosha, Wisconsin (See https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/student-speech-and-privacy/we-took-our-schools-sexist-dress-code-and-we-won)