Petition to West Hall High School, Students, Hall County, Hall County Schools, Hall County Georgia
Change Hall County School’s Dress Code
We, the students at Hall County schools, demand a change. Our current dress code is vague, biased, and sexist. We believe it targets feminine presenting, people of color, and “heavier” people. Our Solutions: Remove the hole/slits above the knee rule Remove that shirts have to cover the entire shoulders (Bra straps being visible should not be a violation of the dress code.) Remove banning of blouses Remove the banning of leggings having to be covered by appropriate clothing. (Leggings are not sexual, they work as pants and should be treated as such.) Remove the banning of sundresses. Alter that the stomach should not be shown, there is a limit, but nothing about the stomach is sexual. (The limit would be if the underside of the bra/breasts were visible.) Alter mini-skirts/dresses/shorts. (It is hard to judge what is too short, anything showing the buttocks or inner thigh is our limit.) Alter bandanas. (This is more focused on racial bias, we wish this would be applicable to every race. Ensure there is no targeting.) Please take this google forum if you have any opinions/solutions on the matter. https://forms.gle/5aAZAyx1fBqAvnST7 Alternatively please reply in the comments, all responses will be recorded. Additional arguments/information: We, the students at Hall County schools, demand a change. Our current dress code is vague, biased, and sexist. We believe it targets feminine presenting, people of color, and “heavier” people. Out of the following dress code rules available on the Hall County Website we demand the following should either be removed completely or altered, “Mini skirts or mini dresses sundresses, blouses, dresses or shirts that expose the stomach, sides or back; all shirts must reach the waist and cover the shoulder, leggings without an appropriate shirt, skirt, short, and/or dress coverage, bandanas, and clothes with holes or slits.” These demands are outrageous and too open-ended. The vague and unfair rules specifically target, women as most of the rules are directed at typical feminine attire. It is simply unnecessary to sexualize young girls, deeming parts of the body such as the shoulders and stomach as “distracting.” It varies from teacher to teacher to decide what child is breaking the dress code and causing such distractions. Thus, allowing teachers' biases to show through, leading a disproportionate amount of people of color to get dress coded for wearing something like bandanas. Finally, clothing fits everyone differently, so it is unfair to judge what skirts, rips in pants, dresses, and shirts are deemed inappropriate for a skinnier person to a heavier person. To solve these problems we have many different ideas. We would like to completely remove the rules claiming to completely cover the shoulders, holes/slits above the knee, blouses, and the legging rule. They are frankly unnecessary. Next, we would like the remainder to be altered, the stomach should be allowed to be shown. So clothing such as crop tops or tank tops should be allowed, however, the underside of the bra/breasts should not be visible. Next, we want the limit to deciding how short a dress, skirt, or pair of shorts should be no buttocks or inner thigh to be visible. Anything else is acceptable. Lastly, no bandanas should remain a rule, but, racial biases of teachers need to be addressed.
Petition to Tuscaloosa City Board of Education
Dress Code Change for TCS
We, the parents and students, are petitioning the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education to make changes to the current school dress codes. Dress codes are meant to create safe, positive learning environments in schools, but too many of them have the opposite effect, shaming students, robbing them of instructional time, and disproportionately targeting female students and students of color. The general guidelines for students, in particular females, are unrealistic, arbitrarily enforced, and unfair. Dress codes vary by school, even at the same grade level, and that causes confusion as well as stress and anxiety for students and parents. Calling students out for dress code violations has a negative impact on class time, self esteem and relationship building with teachers and administrators. Since stylish and appropriate clothing that meets the current dress code is often difficult or impossible to find, our daughters report that they feel forced to wear long pants and jeans even in 90-100 degree weather (very common in Alabama) simply to avoid being embarrassed or penalized for a clothing choice. Not only is this very uncomfortable, but it promotes victim blaming and negative or distorted body imaging and makes our children feel less empowered during an age when they are already emotionally vulnerable. Research shows that people with negative body images have a greater likelihood of developing eating disorders and are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss. All are legitimate concerns when it comes to the safety, health and well being of our students. We are asking that the school board and district revise the current dress code and consider involving parents and students in the conversation with the use of parent advisory boards or student task forces dedicated specifically to this cause. This is an opportunity for our community to come together and for our district to show a true display of leadership through open communication and dialogue with the goal of creating a "Dress Code Philosophy" that gives students freedom from stress and anxiety and empowers our daughters and sons to learn and feel safe and comfortable at school. By adopting a Dress Code Philosophy we believe that our students and staff will be clear on The City Of Tuscaloosa's values as well as what our dress code is designed to accomplish. Example: "Dress Code Philosophy: Tuscaloosa City School’s student dress code should support equitable educational access and be written in a manner that does not reinforce stereotypes. To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size. Our values are: ● All students should be able to dress comfortably for school and engage in the educational environment without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline or body shaming. ● Student dress code enforcement should not result in unnecessary barriers to school attendance. ● School staff should be well versed and able to use student/body-positive language to explain the code and to address code violations. ● Teachers should focus on teaching without the additional and often uncomfortable burden of dress code enforcement. ● Reasons for conflict and inconsistent and/or inequitable discipline should be minimized whenever possible. Our student dress code is designed to accomplish several goals: ● Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection), dance (bare feet, tights/leotards), or PE (athletic attire/shoes). ● Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable. ● Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self-identified gender. ● Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, and pornography. ● Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that denote, suggest, display or reference alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia or other illegal conduct or activities. ● Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that will interfere with the operation of the school, disrupt the educational process, invade the rights of others, or create a reasonably foreseeable risk of such interference or invasion of rights. ● Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that reasonably can be construed as being or including content that is racist, lewd, vulgar or obscene, or that reasonably can be construed as containing fighting words, speech that incites others to imminent lawless action, defamatory speech, or threats to others. ● Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size. 1. Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times. Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts, cleavage, and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric. 2. Students Must Wear*, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above: ● A Shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms), AND ● Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts), AND ● Shoes. *Courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, and job readiness) may include assignment-specific dress, but should not focus on covering bodies in a particular way or promoting culturally-specific attire. Activity-specific shoes requirements are permitted (for example, athletic shoes for PE).
Petition to Students of Lasalle-Peru Township
Revise the LPHS Dresscode
Many students of LPHS are tired of the dress code. It is sexist and supporting the idea that women should dress appropriately for the concentration of men. Our stomachs, shoulders, thighs, and chests are not sexual organs. If these NORMAL body parts are a distraction, YOU are the problem and should not be in a school environment. Our education and ability to be comfortable in what we wear is so important, and it should not be strained for the lack of male self control. Please sign this petition and help many students in our school feel safe and comfortable without having to be pulled out of class and in trouble for showing our skin. Women are not objects, so stop treating us like them.
Petition to students and families of wgh high school
change in dress code at wgh
coming back from the 20-21 school year, the administration has became very strict on some things. ESPECIALLY dress code. and this “dress code” specifically targets the female students of wgh. seriously, we can’t wear crop tops? hoodies?? shorts and skirts??? who are we seriously harming by wearing this??? why are we getting taken out of class and disrupting our education to lecture us on something as minute as the clothing we wear? sign this petition to make a change.
Petition to Bedford Junior High Administration
Make Bedford Junior High Dress Code Stop Sexualizing Young Girls' Shoulders
Young girls around the world struggle to conform to their school's dress code. They are constantly being told "Cover this", "Don't show that", and most of all, "That's 'distracting'". Young women are being told that they cannot dress comfortably because the young men around them will be distracted. We are told this is to prepare us for a professional environment. The truth is, society believes women should be prohibited to dress the way they want because men cannot handle themselves around them when they do. This is teaching a discriminatory message to young men; it is ok to force women to conform to their needs, and that women dress solely to attract boys. Nowadays, many dress codes prohibit females from wearing clothing that exposes shoulders, upper thighs, and other "provocative" areas. The reason? They are too "distracting". First of all, the age of students being dress coded is below when boys should be looking at girls romantically. 62% of middle schools enforce strict dress codes, compared to 56% of high schools. Logic says that high school should be where most dress-coding takes place. Since this isn’t true, we are led to believe that there may be another factor in play. A lesson, directed towards young, impressionable male minds: Women should be forced to dress modestly because men cannot control themselves. Not only is this false, but it will make for a self-righteous and sexist generation of young men, rather than a generation of respectful gentlemen. Men will grow up seeing women as objects to be sexualized rather than human beings with their own thoughts and feelings. Society is littered with opinions on how women should look. Some think they should wear layer upon layer of makeup. Others believe natural is the way to go. Some think long hair is best, others prefer short. But opinions on clothing are the most common of all. Sure, women put in their two cents. But the main contributor? Men who believe that women should dress how they think is the most appealing. This is one of dress code's most long-lasting effects. The main reason teachers give while dress coding women is that when they expose their upper thighs, shoulders, or midriff they are distracting to boys. They're then forced to fix the "problem". Dress codings are often very public, occurring in the middle of passing periods when the hallways are full of spectators, including men. When a young boy witnesses a girl being dress coded for distracting boys, it plants a seed in his head. The way many administrators describe the offense makes it sound like the girl was attempting to disturb the classroom when in reality she probably just wanted to wear clothing she thought was cute. However, when a boy witnesses this, it makes him believe that girls are trying to dress for his attention. In most cases this is false, but it can leave a lasting impression on young, easily malleable minds. This young man will grow up believing that women are constantly trying to get his attention, which will cause him to be a misogynistic jerk. We are already seeing the effects of dress codes in schools today. Young men are catcalling women in the halls, even when they’re IN dress code. Women are being sexually harassed. Men are not learning consent at a young age, and that needs to change now. If the dress code continues, nothing will change. Our dress code must become less restrictive, or the next generation of young men will never learn to show women basic respect. Complaints about dress codes aren't exactly new. Females have been protesting the dress code since its beginning. But just because the problem is old does not mean it is not a pressing issue. Dress codes make women into objects for men to enjoy, rather than people with their own feelings and opinions. I'm not saying the dress code is all-around bad. There need to be some limitations on what students can wear. But the strictness of the limitations placed on young women is unacceptable. These unfair limitations are creating a generation of men who view women as both objects who can be manipulated to fit their own needs and slaves whose only goal is to please them. If something doesn't change, and soon, women will lose their individuality, their identity, and most of all, their right to pursue happiness, in all shapes and forms. Sign this petition if you believe that Bedford Junior High should make the following adjustments to its dress code: Allow cold-shoulder shirts Allow sleeves at least two fingers wide Allow bra straps to be visible. Institute punishment for young men cat-calling young women during school hours. IF MY SHOULDERS ARE DISTRACTING, MY SHOULDERS AREN'T THE PROBLEM!!!
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 Dr. Gregory D. Little, Jacob Smith III, Tara Black, Tradd Denny, Jenna Howell, Meg Huggins, Terrance Harris
Reform River Bluff High School and the Lexington County School District One Dress Code
It is essential to acknowledge that strict and precise dress codes are remarkably vital in distinct environments such as courthouses or other legislation and administration buildings, weddings or cultural celebrations, and so on, to uphold a level of appreciation and professionalism. However, these statutes provide the opposite effect in a school setting; rather than prove professionalism, they infuriatingly and unscrupulously objectify children's bodies and make for an uncomfortable day of learning. Nevertheless, rather than abolish the dress code, we can reform it. Take a look at the Oregon NOW model for instance: https://noworegon.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2018/01/or_now_model_student_dress_code_feb_2016__1_.pdf Keep reading to learn why: Some of the most problematic, misogynistic, and unfair dress codes emerge from where you would least expect: the modern-day high school. In a recent article posted by the Atlantic, “conflict over these policies has also spawned hundreds of Change.org petitions and numerous school walkouts. Many of these protests have criticized the dress codes as sexist in that they unfairly target girls by body-shaming and blaming them for promoting sexual harassment” (Zhou). High school dress codes take advantage of historical patriarchal qualms against women’s dress and attire, leading to belittlement and harassment against school-age children in an environment meant to protect them. It is absolutely absurd that schools “will not permit clothing [that they deem]distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive (“Lexington County School District One 2020–2021 Student Handbook”). Why should a forty-year-old man or even woman determine what constitutes as distracting about a teenager’s body? Examples of these predetermined clothing choices are, but not limited to, “bare midriffs, halter/tank tops, spaghetti straps and see-through shirts, tops or blouses . . . [or even] overly tight or shorter than fingertip- or mid-thigh-length shorts, skirts, skorts or dresses” (“Lexington County School District One 2020–2021 Student Handbook”). How exactly are a minor’s stomach, shoulders, or legs distracting or suggestive? Dress codes in modern-day schools infuriatingly objectify and over-sexualize young women’s bodies, and consequently, it deprives these women of all confidence and makes them feel as if they are inferior to those surrounding them.