Lighten the Great Hearts Dress Code

Movement:End Discriminatory Dress Codes in School
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Lighten the Great Hearts Dress Code

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Arrin Tagle started this petition to Jay Heiler

As it stands, the Great Hearts dress code was put in effect in order to allow students to not be confined to the pressures of external fashion, but I rather focus on academic endeavors, as well as their own brand of creativity. However, the current situation in Greats Hearts schools borders on restrictive an unrealistic. Its faults being that at times, it enables double standards between sexes and forces conformism onto students where none is needed. Students fall under different sets of rules based on an outdated understandings of self expression and identity. Earnings, skirts, hair length and accessories all have different meanings when applied to each student. One may be complimented on a piece of jewelry while another is told to take it off, simply because of the reason mentioned before. The same example may be put in place for any other aspect of the dress code. Sock lengths are unreasonable for the striking temperatures we face in Phoenix, which this year alone, have come just short of a striking 120°F.

Girls do not wish to be objectified just as they do not wish to be forced into certain skirt lengths to deny the male gaze. Who decides what defines “tasteful” and “moderate” makeup is completely up to the beholder and these restrictions subjugate girls to their own scrutiny in order to be allowed to attend school every morning. As Great Hearts Students it is our duty to define our standing in the world and strive to educate ourselves. We paint, write, seminar and wear our hopes. These are our forms of self expression. It is not our wish to demean students unable to afford the latest backpack or wear the most fashionable shoes, but rather to be able to address our own creativity and thrive under it. We do not wish to wear pop culture insignia, or in other ways take advantage of a more tolerant dress code, but rather allow the authority we have over ourselves to grow as we do.

Below are passages taken from the Family Handbook, highlighting the issues before the student body. “Hair should be neatly combed or styled. Hair must be above the top of the shirt collar. Hair should be styled so that it does not fall below the eyebrows or past the midpoint of the ear. Hair must be natural looking and conservative in its color and cut (no unnatural streaking/highlighting, no artificial jet- black coloring, and no unnatural colors)."

“All jewelry must be tasteful and worn in a non-distracting manner. Boys are permitted to wear one watch, one finger ring and one necklace. Only simple, fine-gauged, 16 to 20-inch, silver or gold chain necklaces are permitted. Necklaces must be worn inside the shirt."

“Hair should be neatly combed or styled. Neat small bows, barrettes, headbands, and hair ties are permissible so long as they coordinate with the uniform. Hair must be natural looking and conservative in its color and cut (no unnatural streaking/highlighting, no artificial jet-black coloring, and no unnatural colors). Hair may not change color during the school year.”

Please note the difference for each.

“All jewelry must be tasteful and worn in a non-distracting manner. Boys are permitted to wear one watch, one finger ring and one necklace. Only simple, fine-gauged, 16 to 20-inch, silver or gold chain necklaces are permitted. Necklaces must be worn inside the shirt.

“All jewelry must be tasteful and worn in a non-distracting manner; gaudy costume or novelty jewelry is not uniform attire. Girls have the option of wearing one pair of matching earrings (No other body piercings are permitted), one watch, one finger ring and one necklace. Earrings must be worn on the ear lobe and cannot hang more than one-half inch below the ear lobe. Only fine- gauged, 16 to 20 inch, silver or gold chain necklaces are permitted. Necklace pendants, if worn, must be less than an inch in length, width, or diameter. Girls may wear one tasteful, non-distracting bracelet. One additional charity/motivational bracelet may be worn to support an appropriate cause provided it does not make inappropriate allusions.”

And again for jewelry:

“The skirt hem may be no higher than just above the knee, both in front and in back. Skirts must be worn at the waist.”

Boys aren’t allowed to wear skirts.

“Girls may wear subtle make-up applied tastefully and in moderation. Fingernails should not be excessively long or painted garishly.”

Boys aren’t allowed to wear make-up or paint/ wear nails.

Thank you for reading and take these complaints into account.

This petition was written by Arrin Tagle and Carolyn Gagliano.

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