As the weather gets warmer, students put the dress code to the test

Charlotte Smith, focus editor

Unseasonably warm weather is amidst and with the increase in temperature comes a decrease in clothing.

The FCPS Student Dress Code, as outlined in the SR&R booklet and posted on the library’s door, outlines clothing limitations for students.

“If you have to hold your skirt down while walking up the stairs then it’s too short,” said administrative assistant Alison Hansan.

But these clothing restrictions are often protested by students.

“It violates your right of expression,” said freshman Ashley Welker.

Many believe that girls are typically the target of dress code enforcement, and are often forced to change clothing.

“Girls need to understand what they wear on weekends may not be appropriate for school,” said administrative assistant Blanca Sanchez.

While some could dispute that girls disobey the dress code more frequently, boys also have reasons to object.

“It’s dumb that you can’t wear pajamas,” said junior Evan Keys. “Sweatpants are the same thing.”

The dress code is, as stated in the SR&R booklet, “intended to contribute a safe and orderly school climate where high standards are exhibited and where respect for others is practiced at all times.”

The book elaborates on examples of prohibited clothing-defined as anything that disrupts the educational environment.

While some students protest these restrictions, others see the dress code as necessary.

“I think the dress code is important for a proper learning environment,” said senior Nick Tucker.

Like Tucker, many faculty members support the dress code and believe it should be implemented more forcefully.

“It needs to be enforced more strictly, especially by teachers,” said Sanchez. “They should not hesitate to send students to the subschool to get a change of clothing.”