Most parents are guilty of doing the school run in their PJ bottoms, but this school’s dress code won’t allow it…
A Houston high school has implemented a dress code for parents in an attempt to establish higher standards for students. The principal of the school, Carlotta Brown, says that many parents turn up to drop their children off while wearing pyjamas, robes and hair rollers which she believes makes it more difficult to hold students accountable for the state of their uniform.
Being Role Models
Carlotta says that when she took over the role as principal at the school, she was determined to make a change. “The parents were coming in (to the school) in risque clothes,” she told The Wall Street Journal. “They were coming in a manner that was not presentable for the educational setting.” A letter was sent to all parents outlining the new dress code and warning that those who failed to comply would be turned away from the school. “Parents we do value you as a partner in your child’s education. You are your child’s first teacher,” Carlotta wrote. “However, please know we have standards, most of all we must have high standards.” The dress code not only applies to mums on the school run but dads as well, who are banned from wearing undershirts, torn jeans and sagging pants or shorts.
A Waste Of Time
Parents have hit back at the changes, saying they are a waste of time, with some even labelling them as discriminatory as they also ban traditional hair wraps. “I really think…it was demeaning,” one parent said. “I don’t see how that’s anyone’s business.” “I’m sorry, this principal must have plenty of money and time to go to the hairdresser weekly,” another said. “Who are you to judge others who may not have the same opportunities that you do? Having a wrap on your head is not offensive. It should not be controversial.”
We’re not sure how successful this principal will be in enforcing her new dress code. We doubt that parents will ever stop rushing out the door in their PJs to get their kids to school on time. Is the way they’re dressed really the most important thing anyway?
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