A BRISBANE mum shocked to learn her daughter could face detention because her new black leather school shoes are on the banned list.
Karen Bishop purchased her daughter a pair of new black leather Vans lace-ups only to then discover that her new shoes were on the non-compliant list, reports The Courier Mail.
“They have a thing saying they could be facing detention if they don’t comply with the rules so I’m a bit concerned. I spoke to my daughter and asked if she’d had any problems and she hasn’t, but I’m not going to buy another pair of shoes.”
The student planner says students “are required to wear black leather lace up school shoes, which have a heel, no greater than 20mm no lower than 5mm”.
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“The shoes must protect the upper side of the student’s foot and have a leather upper. Slip-on, Mary-Jane, slipper style, Vans or Dr Marten style boots/shoes are NOT accepted. Proper arch support is required,” it says.
Mrs Bishop said her daughter could also be made to collect a daily pass if her uniform was non-compliant.
“I know that you can’t send your child off to school in purple shoes. I know all about respect for rules and everything like that, but when a child has a brand new pair of black leather lace-up shoes, I don’t see the reason for making them collect a uniform pass,” she said.
“They’re stressed enough having to do Grades 11 and 12 and then it’s the time out of their day having to do that, and then they could face detention. I think it’s taking it a bit far.”
“When you step back and take a look at the bigger picture, as long as that child has brand new, leather black lace-up shoes, please do not make her go to the office every day. Just give her an education.”
A Department of Education spokesman said student dress codes reflect school community standards and balance the rights of individual students with the best interests of the whole school community.
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