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Petition to Rockford Board of Education

Make the Rockford Dress Code More Inclusive

I am not a distraction.  I am a human. We are proposing to change the Rockford Dress Code to be more inclusive.  We would like our policy to be modeled after the Oregon NOW Model and Evanston Township High School's dress code.  This is what we propose: PROPOSED STUDENT​ ​DRESS​ ​CODE  Dress​ ​Code​ ​Philosophy Rockford Public School’s student dress code supports equitable educational access and is 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. All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal "distractions" without regulating individual students' clothing/self expression. Student dress code enforcement should not result in unnecessary barriers to school attendance.  School staff should be trained 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.  Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination. 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. ​ ​   Dress​ ​Code Rockford Public School expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school sponsored event. Student dress choices should respect the District’s intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement 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. Any restrictions to the way a student dresses must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and must be explained within this dress code.  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, and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric. However, cleavage should not have coverage requirements. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle. 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).  3.​ ​Students​ ​May​ ​Wear​, as long as these items do not violate Section 1 above: ● Hats facing straight forward or straight backward. Hats must allow the face to be visible to staff, and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff. ● Religious headwear ● Hoodie sweatshirts (wearing the hood overhead is allowed, but the face and ears must be visible to school staff). ● Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans” ● Pajamas ● Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed. ● Tank tops, including spaghetti straps; halter tops ● Athletic attire ● Visible waistbands on undergarments or visible straps on undergarments worn under other clothing (as long as this is done in a way that does not violate Section 1 above). 4.​ ​Students​ ​Cannot​ ​Wear: ● Violent language or images. ● Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity). ● Hate speech, profanity, pornography. ● Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups. ● Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are allowed) ● Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice). ● Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon. ● Any item that obscures the face or ears (except as a religious observance). ​ ​  5.​ ​Dress​ ​Code​ ​Enforcement To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently using the requirements below. School administration and staff shall not have discretion to vary the requirements in ways that lead to discriminatory enforcement. ● Students will only be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation as outlined in Sections 1 and 4 above. Students in violation of Section 1 and/or 4 will be provided three (3) options to be dressed more to code during the school day: Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day. Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day. If necessary, students’ parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day. ● No student should be affected by dress code enforcement because of racial identity, sex assigned at birth, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity. ● School staff shall not enforce the school’s dress code more strictly against transgender and gender nonconforming students than other students.  ● Students should not be shamed or required to display their body in front of others (students, parents, or staff) in school. “Shaming” includes, but is not limited to: kneeling or bending over to check attire fit; measuring straps or skirt length; asking students to account for their attire in the classroom or in hallways in front of others; calling out students in spaces, in hallways, or in classrooms about perceived dress code violations in front of others; in particular, directing students to correct sagged pants that do not expose the entire undergarment, or confronting students about visible bra straps, since visible waistbands and straps on undergarments are permitted; and, accusing students of “distracting” other students with their clothing. These dress code guidelines shall apply to regular school days and summer school days, as well as any school-related events and activities, such as graduation ceremonies, dances and prom. Students who feel they have been subject to discriminatory enforcement of the dress code should contact the Assistant Principal.  

Hannah Prince
1,484 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to Kellenberg Memorial Administration, ​Brother Kenneth M. Hoagland, ​Father Philip K. Eichner

Kellenberg: Ensure Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct by Changing School Policies

Following an incident of sexual assault on school property and a lack of explicit sexual misconduct policies, we are petitioning for two specific actions that Kellenberg Memorial Administration can take to promote a school culture with zero tolerance for sexual misconduct - ensuring the safety, rights and greatest potential of its students. A report by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) tells us that 40 to 50 percent of students in grades 7 through 12 experience some form of sexual harassment in just one school year. Extend the time-frame to a student’s full high school career and that number jumps to 80 percent of students. Researchers have found girls are more likely to experience sexual harassment. They report that it is so common and ingrained in their everyday lives that they are often unaware when they are experiencing it - perpetuating the problem. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the issue is so pervasive that once our high school girls get to college, one in five of them will be sexually assaulted in their college career. Sadly, sexual assault does not discriminate based on how remarkable a high school is. Given these statistics and the amount of time kids spend at school (especially in a school like Kellenberg with many active students often catching a 5:30pm late bus home), this is a safety concern that needs to be explicitly addressed to protect students. Private schools such as Kellenberg who run exclusively on tuition and donations, are exempt from Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Title IX is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and governs over protocols on how sexual assault/harassment is handled in educational settings. This means parents paying for their kids to attend Kellenberg are entrusting the administration alone to appropriately monitor these safety concerns without any oversight or compliance requirements from the government. Given that Kellenberg has a reputation of being a phenomenal school - and they are - this trust is often unquestioned. However, Kellenberg Memorial currently does not explicitly address sexual misconduct in their school handbook nor do they seem to have a policy regarding how sexual misconduct is addressed. This is unlike like the school handbooks at diocesan high schools such as Holy Trinity and St. John the Baptist in which they both have “Safe Environment Policy and Reporting” and “Sexual Harassment” sections. The similar language from these handbooks suggest this may be a diocesan requirement that Kellenberg is also exempt from since they are not considered a diocesan high school. The lack of such a policy is a surprising find given the high moral and academic standards the school upholds and the length of other sections of less importance than the safety and well-being of our kids. A recent incident at the school has shed light on ways the school can improve on their policies and school culture. A seventh-grade girl was being harassed by two boys for weeks and received repeated, intimate, unwanted touching from them on school property. Despite written statements from witnesses and the victim's account, these boys only received two days of suspension and were back in school following the incident. The lack of expulsion is a stark contrast from the decision to expel other students for incidents such as school pranks or selling DVDs. The only response from the school was a message on their website which indicated that there was inappropriate behavior among "three" students and steps were taken to address it. The message implied that the victim was somehow to blame. The victim's family, who have other alumni children, chose to withdraw their daughter from Kellenberg for her own well-being. Following the incident, some students and alumnus took to social media to express similar experiences with the school at varying degrees. Others expressed their disappointment in the decision-making and the message the administration is sending. By signing this petition, we are expressing that these policies and messages need to change. We are expressing that we will not stand for a school culture in which sexual misconduct persists or is the norm. If female students are to be treated equally to male students, we need to ensure and be able to trust school staff understand consent in order to address sexual misconduct. We need to ensure that students will feel comfortable reporting incidents that infringe on their rights. We need to ensure that students aren’t implicitly held responsible for inappropriate touches or words they did not consent to, want, or deserve at any given moment (i.e. that they were flirting, in relationship with them, weren’t dressed appropriately). Parents need to ensure that their daughters will be heard and protected when such incidents occur – not shamed. We need to ensure school staff know that if ANY student reports being inappropriately touched or spoken to without their consent, we know asking the victim what they did or didn’t do to provoke it is victim shaming. We need to ensure school staff know that even within a relationship or during a consensual circumstance, unwanted contact can still occur and/or consent could be withdrawn at any time with words like: no, stop, etc. Without an explicit school policy, we can not ensure these things. Kellenberg’s students will excel even more than they already do if they are in an environment that they feel safe, protected, and valued in. By signing this petition, we are calling for Kellenberg Memorial High School to ensure their school culture is one with zero tolerance for sexual misconduct. By signing this petition, we are asking the administration of Kellenberg to take the following two steps that will ensure their students, our sons and daughters, are educated in a setting that has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, ensuring the safety and greatest potential for its students. These steps are: 1.   Designate at least one faculty member for each of the following roles (adopted from Framework for Developing School Policies to Address Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking). Student Advocate: A staff member responsible for supporting victims of abuse during the grievance, disciplinary or accommodations process. The Student Advocate does not have any role in decision-making; their responsibility is to educate students and families about the process and advocate for the rights and preferences of the victim when necessary. This position may also be responsible for educating the student population about the school’s policy and students’ rights under the policies and for collaborating with community partners to increase access for students to support services at school or in the community. School Coordinator: A person who has training in all areas of abuse, harassment and discrimination. This position may also be responsible for educating administrators, and caregivers about the school’s policy and students’ rights under the policies. This position is responsible for overseeing the training of all school employees on dating violence and sexual assault/harassment. The Coordinator may be responsible for developing and facilitating trainings or may collaborate with community organizations to conduct trainings. 2.   Revise Kellenberg's school handbook to safeguard, prevent and address sexual misconduct by adding a new section that addresses sexual misconduct, safe environment and reporting. This section should express that the school holds zero tolerance for sexual misconduct. It would include the importance of safeguarding against sexual misconduct as well as reporting and discipline procedures. Resources and contact information should be included.  These two recommendations come from a consolidation of reputable resources widely used to prevent and address sexual misconduct in schools. The following resources are recommended for guidance on action steps, policy changes and any further actions the school would like to take to ensure this issue does not arise again: Campus Sexual Assault: Suggested Policies and Procedures by the American Association of University Professors Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School published by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Framework for Developing School Policies to Address Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking by the U.S. Department of Justice in collaboration with Break the Cycle Know Your IX U.S. Department of Education: Dear Colleague Letter U.S Department of Education: Know Your Rights U.S. Department of Education: Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in Schools - Resources and a Call to Action Aforementioned student handbooks of local Catholic diocesan high schools Thank you for your consideration on this matter.

Barbara DiGangi
749 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Sheila Jackson Lee, Tammy Duckworth, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Elevate Women's Equality Day to a Federal Holiday

August 26th is Women's Equality Day here in the United States. Though this is a landmark date, many Americans are still unaware of its existence or the significance of such day. Women’s Equality Day is largely important to American history. For one, on August 26, 1920, women were officially granted the right to vote in the United States after the certification of the 19th amendment.  Fifty years later on August 26, 1970, feminists activists joined ranks on this day to remind our legislators that the buck doesn't stop there. They organized a protest with over 100,000 women to campaign for equality in education, employment and childcare.   On this same day  in 1971, a national bill was passed to designate August 26th a day of prominence- Women's Equality Day. This petition is an effort to further recognize the importance of this day to not only make sure that it is enriched in history lessons but that it deemed important enough to take precedence as a federal holiday. By recognizing this day as federally important, we will be commemorating and celebrating the efforts of the women that have come before us as pioneers and activists who sought the need for women's social and political mobility. Also, it an effort to keep the torch burning so that women and girls can live in a society that see and treat them as equals. However, recognizing this day as a federal holiday does not resolve all efforts to establish equality. There is so much work to be done. (Women are still making less than their male counterparts and for women of color, the gap is far greater.  Also, women have lesser numbers in significant forms of leadership.) This initiative will bring us a step closer towards balancing the scale and commemorating efforts that support inclusiveness and equality.  What is a federal holiday? Federal holidays are days recognized by our U.S. government. Usually, the holiday is deemed so important that federal offices are closed.  Typically, banks, schools, and post offices refrain from regular activities on these days. Federal law requires the President of the United States to observe these days of significance. A federal holiday may accompany certain activities and ceremonies.  The President may make a statement or speech to elevate the day and call on the country to celebrate as well.   National Women's Equality Day, the federal holiday means a future that includes all experiences of women. We are not divided by race, skin color, religion, disabilities, or those we choose to love. We are united by those differences because diversity is what makes our nation stronger! The petition to elevate Women’s Equality Day is a call to action to ensure that the efforts of all women are recognized and included. Women are necessary contributors in all aspects of society and should be represented in historical records. It is time to rally around a federal holiday that acknowledges ALL women! You can also visit for future news and updates on this petition.

Women For Action
1,421 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to New York City Public Schools

Stop The School Dress Code Against Women

Schools worldwide have day by day over sexualized the woman body. It seems by every passing year the schools grow more and more upset with the woman and her natural curves, forbidding her to wear clothes that are generally okay to wear in public. It seems that public schools seem a bit excessive on their power and forget that it's the taxes of the people who paid for the public service to begin with, it only makes sense that the clothing the teenagers wear should accommodate to the law, if it's legal then it should be allowed. It started off simple, girls shouldn't show up in bras and panties. Agreeable for all, right? Until it started to grow. From covering up your boobs completely to making sure not even the smallest bit of cleavage was showing, not wearing shorts even in the most burning of weathers to covering up your collarbone and shoulders!  Apparently, the male specimen spend their school time dreaming about a woman's collarbone and/or shoulder rather than working. Seems unbelievable, Right? I mean, who wouldn't just lay in bed and dream of a woman's collarbone? And her shoulders that every person in the entire world has. The dress code is going to plain ridicule.  Women can't wear dangly jewellery, tight jewellery, Chokers, tank tops, backless spaghetti straps, Clothes that show your midriff (stomach), Clothes that show your collar bone, Clothes that show your shoulders, high heels, and God forbid I go on. Although it's common women targetted it's frankly the dress code in general! No clothing expressing homosexuality, no clothing expressing beliefs (which goes against the 'freedom of religion' constitutional right) No clothes that follow trends (more primarily pointed at women) No light up shoes (Because apparently you're a damn fly that won't be able to focus straight because you'll be too busy thinking 'oooh is that light?') etc. A good friend and I decided to do an experiment once, we both show up wearing clothes that show our shoulders, him a wife beater and me a tank top. We went throughout the day casually until around fourth period. I was paired with another friend in the middle of the classroom when our teacher came up to us. He told me that my clothing was a distraction and that what I was wearing was too sexual for school. I was told to change or to leave to go home. I decided just to simply change into the t-shirt they provided at the main office that I was told to give back later the day and then went on with my school day. At the end I met up with my friend who was wearing his wife beater still and asked him what happened, he reported nothing and that's when I decided I was going to do something to help stop this.   Young girls are being taught that their body is shameful and showing it is only for sluts/whores. Girls that are susceptible to society are getting told to cover their body or it's on you if you get raped, molested and sexually harassed. This is not true.  We get told that if we are sexually exploited in any way it's because our clothing was suggestive and we were 'asking it for it'. This is, once more, not true.  Help stop this. Your voice matters.

Salma Soubai
20 supporters