Fix Dress Codes
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 Polk County School District
Stop Sexist Dress Code!
As a middle-school student in the Polk County School District, dress code for women is very sexist. There are no gender-specific restrictions or double standards in a good policy, it applies to everyone. Boys shouldn’t be able to wear tank tops if girls can't. Boys can't reveal their collarbones if girls can't. They tell us our shoulders are a distraction to boys and teachers while they are trying to focus, but we cannot control your urges on our body. If girls do show up in anything against dress code, teachers are to think its so distracting that they take the time to send girls up to the health office for a clothing change which takes at leave 15 minutes out of our learning time. Like boys, we should be able to wear what we want. Next year I will be in high school and dress code wont be so strict, but I do not want this dress code against my little sister when she gets of age, its sexist and gross. Women are being sexualized at very young ages based on clothing and its making bigger problems than wearing the clothes themself. Please sign this petition to stop sexist dress code in Polk County!
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 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 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 Prince William County Public Schools
Fix The Sexist Dress Code Of Prince William County
There are so many restrictions against clothing in the school systems, not only that, but for women we can’t wear a lot of things. The dress codes are also more en-forced for people with different body types. My shoulders are distracting give me a break. My chest isn’t out on purpose, it’s just my body. I’m not showing too much leg, my legs are just longer/shorter than others. My stomach isn’t showing to much, no one cares. The fact that They’re are so many things women are degraded about by our own TEACHERS Is insane. Just because you wouldn’t wear this when you were my age doesn’t mean I can’t. Times are changing and so should the dress code. But one thing about the Men dress code that makes me mad is the fact that they can’t wear headbands? Men can have longer hair too what if they want it pushed back? Men could like wearing headbands, so why can’t they? I would like to point out that men aren’t supposed to wear tank tops either but the teachers just don’t care. Not only have I seen multiple men walk around school and campus with a tank top on, I’ve seen them wearing the ones that go very low on the sides. So for a women to wear a tank top or even a SHIRT and show a small amount of their chest they’re shamed by ADULTS. As a girl with a bigger chest it is very hard to find clothes that are “in style” that don’t show at least a small amount of chest. If a girl wears a tank top and shorts on a hot day she’s told that it’s “too revealing” but we seen guys walk around in see through jerseys all the time. Why is it so hard for a teacher to understand that OUR bodies don’t affect them. I’ve been told that male teachers don’t like dress coded because the female would say “It was weird for you to look there in the first place.” BECAUSE THEY ARE RIGHT! If you don’t want me to act out against the dress code then change it, because i’m not changing the way I feel comfortable for you. Also can we talk about how I’ve also had males sign this petition, they boys aren’t distracted, so stop using that excuse.
Petition to Wilson High School, Lauderdale Board of Education
change the dress codes for Lauderdale county schools!!!!!!!
For decades, high schools all over the world are teaching girls to cover up and to “not be a distraction.” Taking away our learning time to make us put duct tape over our legs because “oh no theres a hole above you’re knee!”.(i would say that’s more of a distraction that a tear in jeans) We have been through so much with covid and going hybrid and changing schedules, and even the students mental health issues. You would think dress code shouldn’t be the schools top priority. Teaching girls that if a boy is looking at your jean rips or your shoulders it’s classified as her fault and she should cover up. Us girls should not be told to cover up for the same things boys have. Why are we being told to cover up for something we cannot control? That is unacceptable. Instead of teaching girls to cover up, teach boys to keep their hands and eyes to themselves. I understand we still need a dress code in place. I’m not saying that we need to completely get rid of it, I’m saying that we need to make it less directed towards us girls. I mean I thought we were supposed to be confident and comfortable in our bodies, but how can we when are always told that we’re either showing too much, and sometimes that we’re not showing enough. And that we’re a distraction because our shoulders and legs are distracting. Self confidence is already something girls struggle with through high school, but the dress code in place doesn’t help. So, this is a petition to change the school dress code. Not drastically but just a few changes. 1) Holes in jeans. Any girl you ask it Wilson will tell you that the dress code about rips in jeans is not fair. Almost all jeans have holes in them now and over 50% of those jeans have rips above the knee. Some kids can’t go out and buy special clothes for school and I understand if it’s showing the whole thigh, but a small rip above the knee should be acceptable. 2.) Midriff. If you cannot see the bellybutton of whoever is wearing the shirt then i don’t see why a shorter shirt would not be acceptable. From the length of your pants to shirt if it’s under 2 inches it should be allowed. I understand if the shirt is all the way up to our “chest” but our stomach should also not be a distraction. 3.) Brassiere Straps We cannot help it if our bra strap is showing through our shirt or you can see it on our shoulder. I understand to dress code if is the shirt that the student is wearing is see-through and you can see the bra completely through it. That is understandable, but it is not right to send a girl home or dress code her for something she cannot control. 4.) Leggings I can say that every girl i know has a pair of leggings, and we can’t help it if we don’t have a huge shirt to cover our bottom half. Please just understand that we are not trying to purposely break the dress code. We just want to be comfortable at school and if our shirt pulls up a bit we cannot help that. 5.) Spaghetti straps Once again our shoulders should not be classified as a distraction. Everybody has shoulders so why are we being told ours are distracting.I see boys everyday wearing tank tops that don’t cover their full shoulder but why haven’t they got told to cover up? We are being told almost every day at school that we are a distraction and it’s not okay. I hear at-least three stories a day about a girl getting dress coded for something they cannot help. It is not our fault if our shirt rides up, it is not our fault if our shoulders are distracting but why would they be? Everybody has them.I hope that you will understand that this is truly a issue that we deal with every day. We cannot help that young men sexualize us. I understand that this is a learning environment but we should be able to express ourselves. Being told to cover up almost everyday can take a toll on somebody, a lot of girls I know struggle with self confidence and hearing “you’re being a distraction, you need to cover up” makes it 10x worse. Please don’t think this is us trying to “disobey” because that’s what you all tend to think anytime we try to express ourselves. We only want to change the sexism in the dress code.Thank you for reading this, the girls of WHS.