Dress codes are something that every school has but doesn’t always enforce. But at Westfield High School teachers decided that student fashion needed to be addressed. Now, there are many things that won’t be tolerated.
Superintendent Dr Suzanne Scallion told us about some of the most popular offenses.
“Extremely short shorts or tops that were too skimpy, either too short so that bellies were showing or too scooped,” she said.
But these are only a few of the items no longer allowed. Last week the school held assemblies for each grade warning students that the dress code would be enforced on Tuesday.
But according to freshman Carly Paluck, those assemblies weren’t that effective. “It kind of just made everyone a little more riled up and they caused more kids to dress inappropriately.”
In all forty students, most of them girls, were asked to either go home to change or to change at school, though no student was reprimanded or punished. Yet for students some of the banned attire doesn’t seem right.
“I think a lot of the issues on really short shorts and yoga pants and leggings, those aren’t really even issues,” added Carly.
While faculty and students may disagree on how distracting clothing can be, what they do agree on is that there’s room for improvement as far as defining the dress code, and enforcing it.
John Dolan is a senior, and also class president and agrees the rules need to be more clear. ” I don’t think it’s too strict, but I think it needs to be defined a little bit more.” He added, “I think there’s almost a double standard, or opinion and that it needs to be more solidified, what it is that they are looking for.”
Since many students don’t communicate the rules to their parents, for faculty it means getting the message of what’s acceptable, not just to students, but to their parents as well.
“We’ve had a lot of take away learning for ourselves in this process, but we stand by the fact that we want to uphold a higher level of self respect,” said Scallion.
Clothing that Westfield High has banned include short shorts, midriff tops, see-through clothing and anything that advertises tobacco or illegal substances. Clothing with vulgar language or that’s sexually explicit is also banned.