By Hannah Butera & Bethany Stewart
Nothing is worse than wearing your favorite outfit to school, only to be told by a teacher to cover yourself up. It is embarrassing and aggravating, but it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. Dress code violations have always been a prevalent issue at Glenelg. Last year there was a push for change, but several students still failed to meet the requirements. As a result, more students are being reprimanded for their inappropriate, provocative dress, and are told to change. According to Officer Willingham, “Administration made announcements and spoke with students about the importance of dressing appropriate for school. ” This year, the administration is approaching the dress code in a different, more serious manner. Each class had a separate assembly regarding the expectations for the year to raise awareness as to what is, and is not, acceptable. One of the main topics discussed was our school’s dress code. A PowerPoint was presented that set forth its guidelines, and contained pictures of certain violations. Students were asked to distinguish between the inappropriate and appropriate examples.
Although many view the dress code as unfair and overly stringent, it is important that the code be enforced because “the school is trying to replicate an environment that is not offensive or not appropriate.Sometimes people’s clothes can bother others,” stated Officer Willingham. He says that “Students should understand the dress code because at some point they will be working for someone who can tell them what they can and cannot wear. In my job I am told what I have to wear and how to wear it. Not only clothes, but also jewelry, tattoos, hair, and facial hair.” Having to follow a dress code is something that students can learn from and apply to their futures.
When shopping this fall season, be sure that your purchases are school appropriate! Here are some trends for fall 2016 that are fashionable and school acceptable! Believe it or not, turtlenecks are making a huge comeback. Pair one with some jeans and boots, and you’re set. Another trend that has regained popularity is the jean skirt. Wear with some boots, a solid colored shirt, and a sweater… and of course, make sure the skirt is an appropriate length! In addition, oversized sweaters are a common fall trend. They double as cute and comfortable which is always a plus! Flannels and jeans are also a great fall time outfit idea for guys or girls. And let’s not forget… sweatpants are always a good option too! This fall and winter season, don’t forget to make sure you’re making appropriate clothing decisions!