War on Dress Code      

Eboni Boyd, Proofreader

The dress code is a vital part in almost every school’s rule book. It provides the school with a sense of professionalism and, in some cases, safety. For example, in neighborhoods known for violence, they make the students show their belts to make sure they don’t have any weapons. The dress code varies amongst schools due to the environment surrounding the school and the trends. Many schools have a dress code but sometimes don’t distribute violations fairly among boys and girls, according to the Huffington Post.

According to an Education Commission of the States Policy Report studies on the effect of dress code and school uniform policies are ambiguous. Some researchers claim positive effects while others see either perceived effects or no effects.

Lake Havasu High school has recently amended their dress code, adding rules that prohibit frayed and ripped pants and reinforcing the fingertip length rule. Many girls have posted on social media that they have been dress coded for mesh panels or other designs incorporating holes on leggings. Sophomore Camille Smith said, “It’s enough to have standardized uniforms, [and] now they are limiting our pants and shorts.”

The dress code in general strikes controversy among females. When reading through social media posts, it’s apparent that girls feel as though the dress code is targeting them specifically. Many parents were also annoyed voicing their opinion on Facebook’s Orchids and Onions, claiming that the dress code is taking the focus off of learning and placing it on girls’ bodies.

According to the Huffington Post, “While boys have been dress coded for wearing bro tanks or for having saggy pants, the large majority of complaints made about how a student is dressing are against girls.” Many students are asking, are guys getting away with some of the same violations, like ripped/frayed pants and shorts at LHHS?

On the other hand there are many people that feel the dress code is needed in a school. Sophomore Erin Wilcox explained, “I agree because it’s reasonable that they want us to be prepared for the future because you wouldn’t wear ripped jeans and short shorts to work.”

According to education partener ships.org the enforcement of dress codes, “is related to higher morale, reduced disciplinary referrals, improved school safety and a “learning-focused” school climate.”  The dress code provides a school with professionalism and stability.

While some research shows that the dress code benefits schools and students, it still remains inconclusive on whether or not it is truly valuable.