A fair and reasonable change in Oxford High School, Alabama Dress Code.
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I believe the current dress code at Oxford High School is too much for the students to take in for many ways. If we make this change that the students and the Staff of Oxford High School can agree on, I believe it will impact everything in a good way.
For example, The community of the school will be happier as they won't be sent home, or to T.E under ways they deem unfair. This will also let them show just how they are, and what they like.
The families would be happier as well because, then the school wouldn't contact them. While they're working hard to earn money for their family. They would also be happier because, most parents who are unemployed, sleep while their students are at school, and most students are found with a dress code issue.Very early in the morning, usually.
Finally, this would impact me in a great way as well, because I believe I can't show who I am, with the current dress codes that are in motion. There are so few options, that I feel like another character in the background that can't stand out.
I believe that the dress code we have is greatly restricting our needs to be unique, and thats a VERY important part of being a teenager. I do not believe, staying this way is fair and I don't blame others for being incredibly angry with the school. With the amount of Dress codes we have, We might as well have Uniforms so we could completely get rid of any part of standing out. Hormonal teenagers have the ability to rebel against the school, as they feel that they aren't important in the school anymore. There are some dress code rules I do agree with, and some i'm unsure about.
I would like to say that dress code rule about Colored Hair is my breaking point, where I get unsettled. Facial Jewelry and skirts fall under that as well, but I have a more lenient idea for Skirts. I believe they're allowed to be shorter as long as there's tights or something underneath. When it comes to Yoga pants or tights, I believe they should be allowed so boys are used to young women wearing them and to give them a sense of control over themselves. Sunglasses, Hats, Caps, Bandannas, etc should be allowed in the first place to, once again, show what you like for how you are.
As it's stated in the Code Of Conduct, Page 18, Appendix B simply labeled as STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, it states that
"Freedom of speech is a constitutional right guaranteed to all citizens. The school system shall make every effort to provide for the free expression of ideas by students, unless this interferes with the educational process. No student shall have the right to interfere with the educational process of other students.
All students shall be free to express their points of view in an orderly manner in keeping with democratic ideals.
All students shall have the freedom to exercise the right of free speech and to protest deprivation thereof, through proper channels, providing that such protection does not interfere with the educational program of the school system or result in harm to any other individuals.
All students shall have the responsibility to grant the same rights and responsibilities to other individuals, to develop tolerance for the viewpoints or opinions of others, and to recognize the right of other individuals to form or hold different point of view."
With that said, I have the right to make this petition and try my best to change this school for the better. Dress code is something no school wants but must have so they can get used to it in working life but some jobs actually encourage the unique differences people are able to show.
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