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Dress Codes at Schools

554 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to Administration team

Pioneer Springs Dress Code change

School is where we begin to become citizens in our society. At school, we learn many important lessons. Ranging from the way a cell divides, what an onomatopoeia is and that women's bodies are offensive and need to be covered up.  This has been the experience lived by many female identifying students. At Pioneer Springs, the dress code is unclear, punitive, irregularly enforced, promotes rape culture, and asks staff to carefully inspect students’ bodies which undermines the safety, comfort and integrity of students admin and teachers alike. Students are put on the spot for their bodies simply being bodies. It’s time to take a closer look at why our dress code needs to be reexamined and why a shift is needed in order to change our school’s culture in the direction of body positivity, which aligns with Pioneer Springs’ own principles of being holistic in nature. The dress-code is not only misogynistic, it also reinforces an already-prevalent body shaming culture, kick-starting the phenomenon at an early age. School dress codes create an environment where girls learn early on to feel ashamed of their bodies and become aware of the utter sexualization that comes with womanhood. Telling a young girl that she cannot wear a tank top with less than two-finger straps is telling her that even her shoulders are not acceptable for public display. Telling a young girl that she cannot wear shorts or skirts that do not reach your preferred length tells her that she doesn’t dictate what is appropriate about her body—society does. Telling a young girl that she cannot show her chest tells her that if her body distracts men it is her fault, not theirs. Telling any woman anything about their bodies fosters body shaming and promotes ideas of sexualization among minor females. This sends an incredibly powerful message. It teaches our children that girls’ bodies are dangerous, powerful and inherently sexual objects, which boys are biologically programmed to objectify, fixate, and harass. This message also perpetuates the internalization of these beliefs that will carry them into their adult lives. As many as one in every six women experiences sexual assault. The current status quo is that society will blame, question and silence victims, while rarely holding perpetrators accountable.  How can a female student be given equal learning opportunities if she’s pulled out of class or sent home due to a dress code violation? When a girl is taken out of class on a hot day for wearing a strappy top, because she is “distracting” her male classmates, his education is prioritized over hers. When a school takes the decision to police female students’ bodies while turning a blind eye to boys’ behavior, it sets up a lifelong assumption that sexual violence is inevitable and victims are partially responsible. Students are being groomed to perpetuate the rape culture narrative that sits at the very heart of our society’s sexual violence crisis. It matters. We deserve better than to be taught shame, explicitly or implicitly, during our formative years by a school that is otherwise devoted to holistic support and communication.  What is needed is more than just a dress code update, it’s deeper. We students are asking for an intentional plan for body-positive culture at our school. This would apply to a dress code that is functional, supportive, inclusive and promotes the well being of the students at its heart. It would also mean having staff use body positive words for a range of anything pertaining to what makes us individuals, be that gender, abilities, shapes, sizes, pronouns, names and all the ways that we are growing to feel comfortable in our own skin. There are no do-overs for the formative years and if students are to fully thrive in at atmosphere that promotes growth, we hope that the board will lead by example and consider their own growth towards considering body positivity of utmost importance and protecting students from messaging that promotes shame, humiliation, and sexualizing and disrupting their learning time. Further, we ask that this is carried out school wide and that all staff understand and enact this at all levels with all age groups. We suggest the board change their view to lean into building this body positivity language and guidelines with direct input from students and parents. If the guidelines can be structured in a way that is not punitive, but instead, built upon providing a safe space for students to grow and thrive, that is the ultimate goal. 

Lorna Robertson
103 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Lakeview Board of Education, Lakeview High School

Change Lakeview's dress code

Our school's dress code is very constricting especially towards girls. One rule we all hate, is the rule of no pajama pants. Now when I say pajama pants, I mean the plaid pajama pants you see on tik tok and the pants that at least 90% of people have. Girls get dress coded when the slightest bit of skin is shown, but guys do not. I personally cannot tell you how many times I've seen a guy wearing a tank top and not get dress coded, but a girl wearing a long enough crop top, that covers everything, gets dress coded. I, myself, got dress coded for wearing plaid pajama pants. Why though? Is it wrong for a student to feel comfortable? Is it wrong for a student to wear something because they didn't want to get dressed or didn't have anything else? Wouldn't sweat pants and a hoodie also be considered pajamas? Wouldn't anything? I mean majority of the students have slept in clothes that are not pajamas. So why this specific pair of pants? Why do you care that a girl is wearing fully covered clothing but the second she raises her hand, she's dress coded? Why can't we wear anything that shows our shoulders or our knees? I understand if it's really short and revealing, but clothing that covers everything...it shouldn't be dress coded. We want to change our dress code. We want to show the board and the school that is a real issue. Help us get to our goal so we can change our rules.

Carina Littlejohn
580 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to MMS district

Change Midway’s Unjust & Outdated Dress code

Midways dress code is discriminative, contradicting, and outdated. Along with what the midway dress code says, the schools tell us differently. First of all, the students handbook clearly states in *exact* words, “Sexual harassment and gender-based harassment of a student by an employee, volunteer, or another student is prohibited.” This means nobody can sexualize or sexually harass the students, yet they have dress code rules because skin is “distracting.” The only reason it could ever be distracting is because the school makes to out to be so wrong. First of all I’ve talked to many students of all genders and all of the students have agreed that it isn’t distracting. Honestly, *nothing* is really distracting. Like piercings, unnatural hair, hats, or even baggy/tight clothes. Many students have said it’s for the teachers, but if the student handbook says that, then why are the teachers even hired if they are going to be distracred by a students body parts? Another part of contradiction is the stomach. It says no halter tops or midriff (which is the area of the stomach.) People (mostly females) get dress coded for showing their stomach, but males have had their shirts off in school. This is contradicting what the dress code says about “equal rights”, and the school is clearly targeting certain people. Another thing is, the dress code says in *exact* words “Girls must wear bras”. In the dress code it never stated anything about showing bra straps, or the outline (which people have been dress coded for by even male teachers).   Lastly, the dress code is confusing and strict. Stores before 2000’s had much more of a variety  of clothing options, which included long shorts and shirts.Now, trends have changed, and stores usually sell short shorts (especially in the summer). Most stores sell shorts a little bit above your fingertip, because of the hot weather. Schools do not let us wear shorts, even when its summer. In the summer, it is extremely hot, and not that much colder inside. Along with the shorts, tank tops are also common in the summer. The dress code says the straps have to be 2 inches wide, but teachers have dress coded (all types of) students for not having up to 3/4 inch wide straps. A lot of staff does not follow what the dress coded says, and they make us focus on what we’re wearing more than our learning. It’s all because they tell us one thing, then they do another. As they have said many times, school is a place to learn. If it is a place to learn, they why should I worry if something I can’t control is “distracting others?” Especially if school is one of many ways to express yourself. Adults say this is to get you ready for the workforce, but the truth is, we are just kids in middle school. Yes, the workforce might be close, but we should be able to be comfortable and have fun in our own clothes. The thing is, most workplaces don’t mind your hair color, if you have something on your head (sunglasses, caps, beanies), your piercings, or your clothes. The ones that usually do is the places with a uniform.   So then why is the school dress code at a middle school so strict? This is why we should change the dress code. We need to have more freedom, expression, and just be able to live our lives comfortably. All we should be worrying about it studying for an upcoming test, not if our shoulders are showing. —————————————————————————————— Alternative dress code ideas Unnatural hair is allowed Hats, beanies, and hoodies or any other head accessories are allowed to be worn, unless your teacher says otherwise Shorts must be at least mid thigh  If wearing a bra, the straps are allowed to be seen  Piercings are allowed, but no more than 5 facial piercings (not including ears), and they cannot be more than 1.2 mm. Gauges are also not allowed, and fake tattoos must be covered. Holes in pants are okay (below the thigh). Small holes are okay on the thigh, but big holes have to be covered by either something under it, or something over it.  Shirts may not short more than 3 inch of midriff (may not go past your belly button) Skirts may be as short as your mid thigh, BUT they must have shorts underneath.  Tight and baggy clothing are perfectly fine, BUT not excessively tight clothing (unless the front and back is covered) No gang signs or inappropriate gestures (including drugs and smoking) are allowed on clothing  (etc….) ————————————————————————————— Students who break this dress code have to option to call their parents top bring them clothes, or they can wear what the school provides (shorts for summer, and pants for winter)

Anonymous .
51 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to Micah Coleman

Change NCHS Pants-Only Uniform

This is a petition to allow skirts not enforce them.  Equality is an important part of respect, honor and tradition. Equality means to give rights not take them, forcing both boys and girls into pants doesn’t make a real gender-neutral uniform, giving  boys and girls both  the rights to choose between pants or skirts is how to create true equality and gender-neutrality. The popular and widely sold brand French Toast has already created modern solutions to fix skirts from being “distracting” and “inappropriate" With built in shorts, students seeing up skirts on stairways is no longer a problem. For extra decency tall white socks/white leggings can be added for a cheap price. Requiring solid color leggings with skirts would even match the NCHS uniform colors. Leggings cost around the same as belts, sometimes even less and are easily found in stores. Respect, Honor, Tradition? “GMB presenter Piers Morgan hit back at Lewes Priory for enforcing a 'no skirts' policy for girls. Piers Morgan caused a debate this morning when he lashed out at his former school for banning their students from wearing skirts. Lewes Priory, in East Sussex, recently sparked fury when it brought in a gender neutral policy which means skirts are no longer part of the uniform. More than 150 parents and students protested the policy on Friday morning and Sussex Police were even brought in to help control the planned demonstration. But as two students from the school came in to the ITV studios speak about the incident, furious Good Morning Britain presenter Piers has branded the whole thing ‘ridiculous’. Referencing the school’s decision to be inclusive, the 54-year-old said: “I have no problem with transgender people and fully respect their rights, I don’t see why all the rights of girls should be changed so dramatically… Speaking to the young students who appeared on the morning telly show, he added: “Girls have grown up with feminism being a big talking point. Now you’re being told you’re not allowed to dress like girls.”...This comes after the school - which Piers actually attended as a child - announced in 2017 that all students were required to wear trousers, after ‘concerns’ were raised over the length of skirts and to accommodate transgender pupils.…Hundreds of parents called the move ‘sexist’ as only girls had to change their clothing …But Susanna Reid was quick to defend the decision, saying children shouldn’t have a choice when it comes to what they wear to school. And it looks like viewers are totally divided over the debate, with one writing on Twitter: “If they want to wear skirts then they should.” Another said: “It absolutely ridiculous if a girl wants to wear a skirt she can the world has gone nuts” But a third hit back: “My daughter isn't allowed to wear skirt boo boo, get a grip, those people just wanted to make a fashion statement, it stops sexist remarks and sexual remarks towards girls.” - heart.co.uk

Natalie Luna
196 supporters