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If all goes well, a revamp of the high school dress code could come as early as this spring, just in time as temperatures begin to rise.
Student Council President Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta and vice president Justin Dunn started the project earlier this year, after listening to numerous complaints from the student body of how outdated the dress policy was. One rule they changed had to do with shorts, after they received a lot of complaints from the girls.
“We are in a progressive century that should not have such old-fashion requirements for shorts on females (skirts, shorts and skorts that are four inches max. above knee),” read one statement in the revamped code. The statement went onto say how hard it is to enforce the 4-inch rule and how it is biased against tall people.
“This is not to say we are encouraging revealing clothing; this is just a more updated way to fairly enforce the dress code, especially in today’s society,” continued the statement.
Lahiri-Gupta and Dunn spent a lot of time on the update, taking care to strike the right balance between self-expression and uniformity.
One rule they wanted to see enforced was having the code applied to all equally.
“With some cases, the administration has temporarily suspended parts of the dress code for some clubs/teams, but not for other clubs/teams. All clubs, teams, grades, classes and students should be treated equally and fairly,” said one statement in the revamped code.
The Student Council also considered the original dress code punishments overly harsh, citing the five days lunch detention for a second violation as an example.
The new punishment states “Within one school year, the first time a student violates the dress code he/she will receive a warning. Upon second violation, the student will be given one day of lunch detention. Upon a third violation, the student will be given two days of lunch detention. Students will receive inschool suspension from the fourth violation onwards,” read a statement in the new code.
Besides students, the student council also asked for input from teachers as well as administrators.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said he was very impressed with how meticulous and methodical the students were, as they went through the policy and made changes.
“I was very pleased with the thoroughness with the student council’s thoroughness in collecting opinions and utilizing the knowledge of the teachers and the administration in the process,” Schmidt said.