Gwyndalynn Kent and Ashley Wolf
Recently there was a flyer handed out to eighth-graders giving the schedule for the last couple days of school. It has information for eighth graders such as practice for promotion and exit interviews. At the bottom of the page, there is a paragraph about what students should wear to graduation. After receiving the flyers and talking to people around campus, many students disliked what it said.
Recently there has been a lot of talk about how dress codes tend to mostly target female students. Most schools had rules like “no necklines lower than an inch below the collar bone,” “ shirts must have straps being one inch thick,” and “ shorts, dresses, and skirts must reach to the fingertips.” Most girls attending schools with these rules think that these rules target the girls especially and don’t make sense in general. Most girls don’t feel comfortable wearing shorts that are super short or a shirt that is backless. When girls get dress coded, many are forced to wear their P.E. shirt or clothes given to them by the office. In fact, when a girl is walking around it her PE clothes, she definitely gets more attention than wearing a shirt with a strap thinner than one inch.
In the letter received by eighth-grade students, it states “ Our preference is that our male students wear dress slacks or khakis with a long or short sleeve button down shirt” While the females have to have “conservative dresses that reach to the knee area. No tuxedos, formal, low cut, strapless, backless or spaghetti strap attire is permitted. Dress straps need to measure at least 1 inch or more in width. Female students need to consider appropriate shoes since they will be walking up and down stairs.” The issue females of this age have with meeting this dress code is that knee-length dresses aren’t really a thing in this day and age; neither is a non-formal dress that isn’t strapless or “spaghetti strap.” The real catch is the flyer uses the phrases “our preference” and “we would like.” Yet, if we fail to meet this dress code, we would be pulled out of the event.
According to the school district, the reasoning for this code is so that we don’t distract others. Is it really that reasonable though? Some other girls at Stacey think otherwise. Stacey student Emily Reynolds said, “I feel like girls should not have a dress code for graduation because most dresses that are being sold or that us girls admire either have an open back or show our shoulders. It is the second to last day of our middle school experience and we should be able to enjoy it in something that we won’t regret wearing.”