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HRCSD Dress Code Reform

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Addressing students concerns with the current HRVHS dress code/ a suggestion for a policy change.

The dress code as stated in the Student Handbook 2016-17:

The following are not allowed at school:

Clothing or accessories that advertise or displays alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, sexual preferences or statements, or promotes violence or racism.
Clothing or accessories that are associated with gangs (i.e. bandanas, etc…).
Clothing that is too “revealing” (low-cut tops or pants.)
Fingertip Rule: Shorts, dresses, and skirts must reach below the middle finger while standing with relaxed shoulders. Exception: School approved athletic attire may be worn on contest days.

Our key concerns are 1) the lack of clarity/ subjectivity, 2) unnecessary restrictions, and 3) the method of enforcement of the current policy.

The lack of clarity of the current policy places unnecessary stress on students and families when finding clothing for the warmer months. In addition, staff members are placed in an uncomfortable situation when faced with enforcing the subjective policy.
We believe that the beliefs of the student and the student’s family should be the sole deciding factor with regards to what is or isn’t ‘too revealing.’ It should not be left up to a school rule to teach students what is or is not acceptable to wear, as this standard changes from space to space.
The enforcement of dress code is inconsistent; Students are frequently and unpredictably removed from class to change their clothing. These exchanges often occur publicly, essentially shaming the student in front of their peers.

The restrictions and the subjectivity of the code are the causes of the inconsistency of enforcement (i.e. some teachers are more comfortable enforcing the dress code than another, so a student can wear an outfit to school several times before finally being dress coded).


Suggested Dress Code Policy Reform

(Adapted from “Oregon NOW Model Dress Code)


Goals of a dress code:

Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where specialized clothing is needed (such as science or PE classes)
Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable
Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self identified gender
Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination
Prevent students from wearing clothing with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, or pornography
Prevent students from wearing clothing or images depicting or advocating violence or the use of drugs or alcohol
Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/ gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/ size, religion, and personal style

Recommended dress code policy:

Basic principles: certain body parts must be covered for all students

Clothing must be worn in such a way that all genitals, nipples and buttocks are covered with opaque material. Cleavage and midriff should not have coverage requirements. All clothing worn in school must meet these basic principles.


Basic Requirements:

All students must wear a top, bottoms (or the equivalent i.e. a dress), and shoes.

Classes may have clothing requirements in addition to the basic dress code for safety (science lab or shop classes).


Students may wear:

Head coverings: including hats, hoods, or religious headwear, provided that the face is not obstructed (with the exception of religious garments which may cover the face).
Midriff baring shirts, tank tops (including spaghetti straps), and tube (strapless) tops.
Bottoms: Fitted pant, leggings, skinny jeans, pajama pants, ripped jeans (as long as underwear is not exposed)
Athletic Attire
Clothing with commercial logos provided they do not depict or blatantly advocate the use of drugs or alcohol.

Probhibited:

Violent language or images.
Hate speech, profanity, or images of people not meeting dress code.
Language or images that create a hostile or intimidating environment.
Visible underwear. Waistbands and straps are acceptable.

Enforcement and Training:

Staff members should be trained to understand the purpose of the dress code as well as how to enforce it with the least impact on student learning and self confidence
Staff should be trained to use body positive language to explain and address violations.
The dress code should be enforced consistently
The dress code should be actively available for students -- not only in the depths of the student handbook.
A student should never be removed from class time solely as the result of a dress code violation
A student should never be forced to wear extra school clothing (that is not their own) such as a dunce cap, scarlet letter, or a pair of knee length basketball shorts. This can be offered, or they can be asked to put on their own clothing if available.
A student’s parents should not be called to the school to bring alternative clothing
No student should be disproportionately affected by the dress code because of size, body type, body maturity, gender, or race.
If a student is in violation of the dress code, they should be approached by more than one adult and one of the adults should be of teh same gender as the student.



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