Dress Codes at Schools
Petition to Sanger Independent School district
Change the "grooming" code at Sanger High School
My name is Jill Buck. I am the mother of Casper, a junior at Sanger High School. My son has been attending school in Sanger since elementary school. My son prefers to wear his hair long. Year after year he has been having to cut his hair to conform to the "grooming" standards that the district has imposed. He is unable to get around this rule as they have banned ponytails, and man buns for male students specifically. I have been disheartened in the past when trying to speak to school administration about this. On one incident I went to the school and encountered a male teacher with long hair on my way in. When I questioned this, I was told that the rule does not apply to staff. The dress code specifically says that these grooming standards are in place to project a positive image for the student, school, and District. This should include staff as well. I have also witnessed the rule being unfairly enforced. When I would drop my son off I noticed many boys with hair that went against the "grooming" standard. I decided to speak to someone about it since my son was being threatened with ISS. The answer I got was those kids have been spoken too already. Now we are back to school and on day one, about the third hour into the day my son was being threatened with ISS once again. He is really excited about this school year. He says he really likes his class schedule and his teachers. He is excited to be with his friends again. As of now Monday morning he will be in ISS unless we cut his hair. I am anxious for him, because I know that this will be hard for him. He might decide to cut it, but I wanted to help him fight this.
Petition to Bryson Independent School District
Gender-based discriminatory school dress code!
My son is a pre-k student in a small Texas school district. His first day of school was Monday, 8/16/21. We love our school. Our daughter has been going since pre-k and she is now in third grade. I was in the cafeteria with my son, making sure he was comfortable before I left. I noticed the superintendent and the principal looking our way but thought nothing of it. My son went to the bathroom and the principal came up to me and told me his hair is too long. He was explaining to me how the high school boys have until Monday to cut their hair and so does my son. I was really caught off guard. He’s 4 years old and he’s very attached to his hair. I started looking through the school handbook and noticed a lot of outdated policies. The biggest one to me is the different hair policy for boys. Many other districts around us only mention hair not being in front of eyes(for both boy and girl students). Our school has a specific hair code for boys. This is a discriminatory policy. The school board needs to make a change to their policy, which doesn’t seem to have been updated in years. There are many reasons for someone to have long hair, and I don’t think the school should be able to tell someone to cut their hair. Some children have sensory issues, cultural or religious reasons, or even just love their hair and it shouldn’t have to be something for them to worry about. His “long” hair isn’t going to stop him from learning any differently. I think this needs to be changed. I have to stand up for my son and be his voice in this crazy world. With everything going on, I don’t think a little boys hair should even be an issue. I don’t want any child to have to cut their hair because the school says so. Hair should be a personal decision, and until my son says he’s ready to cut it, we’re going to fight for him. “While school districts throughout the country have removed policies that were based on antiquated sex stereotypes, many school districts in Texas still have policies that treat students differently on the basis of their gender, such as requiring different hair and dress standards for male and female students,” said Brian Klosterboer, attorney for the ACLU of Texas. “Recent court decisions, including from the U.S. Supreme Court, have found that this type of gender-based discrimination is unconstitutional. School districts need to conform to federal law and fix outdated policies that cause serious harm to students in Texas.” - https://www.aclutx.org/en/press-releases/aclu-texas-urges-school-districts-remove-discriminatory-dress-code-requirements?fbclid=IwAR0wJd2bHHxpX0TK9Dj5nDBky6_UHAoTtkMjRbramWnK5bVE28kU6TRH0ag
Petition to Ragsdale , Scamihorn , Howard , Hutchins , David Chastain, Banks , Davis , Wheeler , Dr. Mitchell
Petition against dress codes
Please visit my webpage www.nomoredresscodes.com for any updates, stories, and to register for upcoming protests. We have also started a gofundme page where all proceeds will help make more shirts for more students. Let get the entire district in one! Below is the solution me, and my fellow classmates, want. I do not wish to abolish the dress code altogether. However, there are many versions of the Toronto dress code in effect throughout our nation that have been successful. There is no reason it cannot be successful here in Georgia. Proposed Dress Code edit: August 28, 2021. Cobb County School District is now saying that they have revised the minimum standards dress code and that Dr. Mitchell is the decisionmaker on the provisions that we are protesting. CCSD’s dress code allows for individual schools impose further restrictions. So, for now, a school may have the minimum standards, but a school one mile away may deem its students to be inherently more distracting and those parents do not have the same freedom in decisions for their child. Yet both families are in the same district and paying the same taxes. Cobb County has essentially said that their hand are clean and this is all Dr. Mitchell’s decision. Dress codes blame the young girl wearing the clothing rather than educating the viewers that we should be allowed wear what we want in school if we feel comfortable. Staff and teachers blame the wearer for the viewers' perception and actions. Cobb County Schools and our principal have made a gender discriminating dress code for my school and it is unacceptable. Everyday, there is a teacher out in the hallway sending girls to the principal's office for holes in their jeans and many more strict clothing rules. They force all the girls to place their hands down so they can measure the “appropriateness” in front of everyone. First day of school, many girls, including me, got sent to the principal's office for our jeans. About 15 girls were coming in and out, missing our first period class. That was just from my grade. I cant imagine the other sixth and seventh graders' first day of stepping into middle school (this year's seventh graders were online in sixth grade) and being sent to the office for their legs showing. Last year, there was no dress code because of COVID and nothing happened. Boys weren't drooling over our thighs or our shoulders. And if they were, that wouldn't have been our fault!!! Now, Cobb county says that parents are best suited to decide about whether their child wears a mask, but that they are not best suited to decide what the child wears on their bodies. Sign my petition for the victims of this gender/race/class discrimination. I am not planning on changing dress code of every school and being in history books. I am just a young girl, supporting what I believe in. While the sexist nature of dress codes is readily apparent, many of you are asking how dress codes are racist. Thank you for asking that question. For information as to the disproportionate effect dress codes have on people of color, please see the following link https://kappanonline.org/pavlakis-roegman-dress-codes-gender-race-discrimination/ As for how dress are classist, please consider a student who does not have resources for clothing other than those that are hand-me-downs or donations. They have to take those clothes as they are.
Petition to Lee County School District
Change the Lee County School District's Sexist Dress Code Policies
The majority of Lee County School District Students believe that our dress code policies are unjust, especially against young girls. As a girl, I have personally been dress-coded twice. Both times I was wearing sweatpants and a shirt that showed a sliver of an inch of midriff. While waiting in the office I was told that I should “know better” than to wear that “inappropriate shirt”. This shaming and over-sexualization of young female students takes place far too often in our district’s high schools. We are told not to wear things that might cause a distraction to the school’s learning environment, this statement often disregards the amount of class-time that is lost when girls are dress coded. In the 2021-2022 school year, Lee County has implemented a new policy that states that students who break dress code must stay in the office until a change of clothes is brought to them from home. This is completely ridiculous. This new policy only targets young girls taking us away from the classroom to sit in an office because our shirt was “inappropriate”. Due to the inherently sexist nature of the dress code, this new rule makes it so that the girls of Lee County do not receive equal education to their male counterparts. The Lee County School Board prides themselves on their non-discriminatory policy, which states that they do not discriminate nor tolerate discrimination on the basis of sex. This is blatantly not true. Male students in the district's high schools often wear tops that show their shoulders, however, they are never dress coded. Female students that wear tops that show their shoulders are seeked out and punished. This is not equality. The dress code states that: "Tank tops, muscle shirts, or any clothing which may be distracting are prohibited." Clearly, tops that show shoulders are only deemed distracting when worn by female students. This outdated dress code was formed on the premise of sexualizing young girls and the notion that their male peers cannot help but be distracted by their shoulders or stomachs. If our district’s mission is “to ensure that each student achieves his/her highest personal potential”, then the first thing they should do is correct their outdated and discriminatory dress code. Please sign the petition above to make this happen.
Petition to CMHS School District
Change the CMHS Dress Code Policy
Crete-Monee High school has a pretty strict dress code. Skirts and dresses have to be finger length and tank tops need to be 3 finger width. Jeans can’t have rips above your fingertips. These are some of the rules they have set up in place however it isn’t fair. The dress code is targeted to those who are mainly on the “thicker” size or those who wouldn’t be considered as skinny. Also the dress code doesn’t work for every body type. There are individuals who have longer arms therefore causing them to have to wear longer skirts or dresses. There are people who are shorter and may have shorter arms which gives them more lead way on what they can and can’t wear. This again is not fair. The clothes we wear at school is a form of expression, and it’s being taken away. The staff at school seem to be more focused on what females or those assigned female at birth are wearing. If we are not abiding by their dress code we get sent to ISS or home to change, taking time out of our day that is used for learning. We as a school want to come together and fight the dress code. It takes away our freedom to express ourselves and the treatment isn’t equal for each individual. It takes time out of our day that could be spent learning because staff are so focused on what we wear. Dress code stemmed from the rape culture saying that women were raped because of what they wore. So now when something like that happens the first question that is asked is what were you wearing. This ideology does more damage than good. Guys at this school walk around all the time sagging yet the main focus seems to be on the females. There is never a time where you hear a student complain about what someone else is wearing and claiming it to be distracting, so why do the administrators find it so distracting?
Petition to Wayne High School
Change the Sexist Dress Code
Schools are supposed to create a safe and positive environment. The dress code has the opposite of that. The dress code does nothing but sexualize young girls, allows victim blaming, promotes rape culture, and tells girls that we should have to hide our body to “protect” ourselves. They are instilled by schools enforcing a standard of modesty contributing to the objectification of women. My thighs, boobs, shoulders and stomach should not be sexualized in a place where i’m suppose to feel safe and comfortable at. We are tired. We are tired of being painted as objects. We are tired of being pulled to the side of class and asked to change because our stomach is showing. Why can’t my shoulders, stomach or thighs be out? Why are they considered sexual ? How come we have to cover up to make a “distraction free area” for boys, instead of teaching them to respect us? Or instead of teaching boys that women aren’t sexual objects? By having a sexist dress code your allowing boys that they aren’t responsible for their actions and behaviors. They believe they are protecting us from sexual harassment and assault.. When in reality it doesn’t matter what you wear. You can be wearing anything and it can still happen. Making us cover up is just allowing their behavior. Your allowing victim blaming. The dress code not only can ruin mental health but can ruin young girls self esteem. It shows that our body is dangerous and sexual. The dress code is targeted at girls. Everyone should be allowed to feel comfortable in what they wear at school.
Petition to Daniel Boone High School
Say No to the Dresscode!
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Say No to the Dress Code! The Daniel Boone Area High School’s new dress code unfairly targets and objectifies young girls, while promoting sexist and outdated ideals. At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, Daniel Boone High School changed it’s dress code to read, “Tops may not be ‘low cut’, tight or expose undergarments. Off the shoulder shirts / tops or any top that exposes a midriff and/or back are not allowed,” Student Handbook, Discipline, Section 9, Letter A. This wording implies that a student’s learning process is somehow “inhibited” by another student’s stomach or back. It unfairly targeted girls, while promoting the idea that women should “cover up,” so as not to distract the men and boys. It also shows young girls that they cannot express themselves through their clothing without being objectified. This ideal needs to change. We propose getting rid of “Section Nine Letter A” in the Daniel Boone Area High School’s dress code. In doing so, the dress code will reflect our communities 21st century ideals, where women and men are equal, and our clothing does not define our learning process.
Petition to District leaders of Cherokee County
The “Formal” Dress Code : We Demand a Change in the Dress Code Policy
We have all heard of the dress code. Every school, workplace, and general environment has one; but why is it always subjected to towards females? Women and girls across the globe are constantly being told to cover up or else “The boys will be distracted.” We are constantly apologizing for our SKIN. Our shoulders, our thighs, our waistline, our back, our stomach, and more. Why is that considered sexually attractive? EducationWeek states: “These rules aren’t neutral: many target girls, and specifically black girls, by regulating skirt length and headwraps.” EducationWeek also states “And the rules aren’t applied equally, either. Students report that black girls, and especially curvier students are disproportionately targeted.” This is sexist and racist, and it is not okay. School districts across the world need to change, but we will start here, in Cherokee county. Below will be listed rules in the dress code that need to be removed. All rules listed below can be found in the Cherokee County Code of Conduct. Page 49: “Holes above the knee that display skin.” Changed to: “Holes above the knee that display undergarment(s).” Page 49: “Sleeveless tops: without appropriate (tight fitting) armholes (including halter tops and spaghetti-strapped tops)” Removed. Page 49: “Clothing that shows the bare midriff, bare back, or the bare shoulders.” Removed. Your single signature can change sexism and unfairness in the Cherokee County dress code. Sign this petition, because this affects everything and everyone.