Where does the dress code stand?

CAUTION: THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON OPINIONS FROM STUDENTS OF ALL GRADES 

Recently schools have opened back up from the year and a half lockdown. Students are worried about grades, ways to get back to school, etc. But some kids are also worried about getting dress coded. There’ve been numerous kids who got dress-coded a few times and have a strong opinion. We went around the school asking what kids think about the dress code. Here are their answers.

Students like Amie Trujillo, Ismael Mariscurrena, Kenia Carino, and more think the dress code is pretty reasonable. To them, it’s fair and has reasonable restrictions. These students believe that attendees at this school have a reasonable way of expressing themselves without any problems. Though this isn’t a very common opinion out of the people we interviewed it is still a valid one.

Some students said they had no problem with the dress code because it didn’t affect them. Students by the name of Augustine Jimenez and Debra Denice Scott feel comfortable with this dress code only because it has no change in what they wear. The fewer students the dress code affects, the better. When fewer students are affected by the dress code, fewer students have to worry about it which is beneficial to the school. It’s better when students are coming to school when they don’t have to worry about people monitoring them based on their clothing choice.

Other students believe that the dress code is biased and unfair. Moses Infante stated, “I think that people should dress how they want to. and girls shouldn’t be judged by the way they look.” Moses and some other students found that the dress code is extremely problematic. These students argued that the dress code was teaching young girls to change what they wear. They continued to argue that the dress code affects female-presenting students in a bad way. Its believed that these judgments will stick with them for a while and affect how they dress and express themselves in the future.

Three different opinions that stood out were from Guadalupe Gutierrez, Anthony Gaucin, and Kalisha Hall. Gaucin stated, “I feel like the dress code is kinda weird, because who really cares about shoulders, and the dress code is for teachers, any kid in the district isn’t just distracted by shoulders.” Guiterrez said, “Well I feel like teachers and staff shouldn’t be really thinking of students in that way, and it mostly centered around girls and it is hard to explain to young girls.” Hall stated, “Personally I think the dress code isn’t really necessary, shoulders shouldn’t distract people, what are shoulders gonna do to you? It’s just objectifying you. The boy’s dress code isn’t as strict as the girl’s dress code, but overall it isn’t really necessary ” These students believe that the dress code has more to do with the staff than the students. These three students are referring to the dress code as if there is a bias towards female-presenting students. They all agreed that it was a bigger problem with staff than a problem with the students. Students have come forward but mostly female-presenting students and they have the same opinions.

When a staff member was asked what they thought about the dress code they replied with “The issue with that is what could go wrong. Does the spaghetti strap have enough support that it won’t break? I agree, when you go into your closet and pick out your clothes for the day, and choose who you want to be for that day, no one has the right to stop you from dressing who you are.” This opinion is one of the best ones I’ve heard in my opinion. Nobody should be putting restrictions on the students and how they feel to dress in the morning.

Credits:
Writers: Khailah Hall, Arianna Ojeda, Catherine(CJ) Gowdy,
Editors: Camille( Millie ) Jones