Get rid of dress code in MISD

Get rid of dress code in MISD

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August 13, 2022
Signatures: 3,244Next Goal: 5,000
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In Mesquite, Texas, there's a very strict dress code. Students can't have piercings, can't dye their hair, can't wear jeans, can't wear anything that's not solid color, can't wear items that have large logos, girls can't wear "short" skirts (even though plenty of boys get away with sagging), and many other specific clothing we cannot wear. When I (a student in the district) have asked a teacher or adult why we have this dress code they always say "It's because the district wants everyone to be equal, it lowers bullying, and is easier for financially unfortunate families to buy clothes for school." What the district doesn't realize is that we still have to buy new clothes EVERY YEAR specifically just for school. The clothes we buy for school we can't even reuse or wear anywhere else because no one wears polos and khaki pants. This makes it HARDER for financially troubled families because they aren't allowed to let their children come to school in the regular clothes they already have at home. Apparently, clothes that don't satisfy MISD's standards are "distracting." For me, clothing and fashion is a creative outlet. I LOVE dressing up for school and putting outfits together. I dont see why what a student wears has anything to do with grades. Teachers and staff have better things to worry about. Im not saying we should get rid of the whole dress code, but AT LEAST let us wear jeans and regular tee shirts. MISD is making students miss class because of what they wear. Dress code limits self expression and uniqueness. Mesquite acts like they're all about embracing creativity and STEM until students want to wear a pair of jeans.  Its SO stupid. Rules that specifically restrict what girls can and cannot wear (IM LOOKING AT YOU, FORNEY) are disgusting and encourage rape culture. One of the other reasons MISD has for dress code is because they're"preparing students for adulthood." If yall actually cared about how we turn out as adults, wouldn't your curriculum include material that educates students about bills, taxes, how to buy a house, college, and insurance? Half of the things we learn are completely useless. You have better things to worry about Mesquite ISD! 

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