Changing The Jerome High School Dress Code

Changing The Jerome High School Dress Code

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I am petitioning against Jerome High School’s student dress code. It violates a students rights to equal opportunities during the school day. The student handbook states “It is the desire and intent of Jerome Jt. School District #261 to adopt a dress code to create an environment in our school that is conducive to learning and free of potential distraction or danger. Clothing should be clean, appropriate for school and suitable to body size.” “ This policy will apply to both females and males.” Yet, how are shorts, tank tops, and rips in jeans disrupting the educational process? Rather, I think these rules and regulations are disrupting a students right to learn peacefully. If a student violates the dress code, he/she is then taken out of the "positive learning climate" to get reprimanded by admin of the school; which includes a consequence of some sort.  Although this might seem like the reasonable thing to do, it's quite the opposite. It denies the students right to learn because what they are wearing might be distracting to the male population of the school. Jerome High School’s dress code is gender biased; it has more restrictions on what a female student can and cannot wear to school rather than a male student. I understand that there are reasonable and practical rules that are under the dress code. Ripped jeans, tank tops, and shorts however, shouldn't be. 

The rule in section C of the dress code, “Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee in length” is "irrationally strict," sexist, and even poses potential health risks. We cannot ignore the simple truth that clothing stores do not sell a wide variety of shorts for girls that are three inches above the knee or lower. Female students are forced to wear long pants and jeans in 90 to 100 degree weather simply to avoid suspension. Not only does this present health risks, such as nausea, overheating, and even fainting, but it promotes victim blaming in the case of sexual harassment among students. It also promotes the sexualization of underage students. The 3-inch above knee rule also does not apply to sports uniforms, such as cheer, volleyball, etc. which is unfair to students.

    The rule in section B of the dress code, “Shirts must have a modest neckline (no cleavage) and be long enough to cover the midriff (front and back). No spaghetti straps, sleeveless tops, tank tops, tube, off-the–shoulder, halter tops”, these rules only apply to girls and are sexist. Especially the modest neckline rule, which is followed by “(no cleavage)”, because cleavage is something girls can not help being there. It is unfair because some girls have cleavage and some girls don’t, and it is sexualizing those certain girls that do, when it is something that they don't have control over.

    The rules in section G of the dress code, “This includes holes in pants above the knee (where the skin is visible)” is very unfair to all students. The way the school deals with “covering” the holes in your jeans is by putting very bright colored, fluorescent duct tape over the holes. The duct tape is substantially more distracting than holes in jeans. 

    The changes made by this petition would remove or improve these rules. For section C, (the 3-inch above the knee rule), it would change back to needed to be fingertip length or longer, or the change would be completely eradicating the rule. For section B, (no cleavage, crop tops, tank tops, etc.), the change would be that we would be allowed to wear shirts as long as they cover undergarments such as a bra, bralette, etc. and that we would be allowed to show 2 inches or less of midriff. For section G, (no holes in jeans above the knee), we would be allowed to wear jeans with holes above the knee as long as no undergarments are showing or visible. 

    Sections A, D, E, F, and H-R would remain the same, because they are not unfair or unjust to students at JHS.

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