Uploaded: Fri, Dec 20, , am. After students and parents protested that school dress codes are outdated, unfair to girls and inconsistent, the Mountain View Whisman School District will spend the next three months exploring ways to revamp its policies. Board members agreed at the Dec. Middle school students and district parents slammed the existing rules for being unrealistic, and enforced in a way that shames girls for seemingly arbitrary infractions. Students reported feeling embarrassed when pulled aside to talk about inappropriate attire in front of their peers. The board policy, adopted in , is short and broad, essentially stating that students' clothing should be neither a hazard nor a distraction to others. The rest of the rules dictating what students can or cannot wear, from hats to sandals, are handled differently at each school. At Graham Middle School, low-cut tops, tube tops and tank tops with straps less than 2 inches wide are not allowed, as are the less-defined "oversized clothing" and "sagging pants.
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News of a confusing ban on leggings and yoga pants at an Evanston middle school is sparking heated conversations around the nation. The fitted pants are apparently too distracting for male students. Juliet and Kevin Bond, both educators, are parents of a 7 th grade girl at the school, and they wrote a letter to the principal to express their concerns, as printed in The Patch and reported by Christine Wolf.
Mountain View Whisman school board opts to revise dress code policy
Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill. The new rule about leggings has actually been in place since the beginning of the school year, but only recently has it been garnering so much criticism and attention. However, if leggings are worn, we ask that the shirt, short skirt, or whatever they have on top must be fingertip length. But some Haven students and parents feel that this policy unfairly targets female students and holds them accountable for the behavior of their male classmates. What's more, the enforcement of the rule has itself been inconsistent, according to some Haven students and parents. On March 25, Haven held a meeting with school administrators, staff, teachers, and parents, in order to address the controversy.
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