Dress Code Enforcement
By: Natalia Perez
This current school year, 2011-2012, we students were welcomed back to school with a set of rules displaying changes and more focus on enforcements in our daily attire. In our opening-week presentation, were were instructed by school administration that we can no longer wear ripped or patched jeans, sweat pants, scarves, or wrist bands.
Since the student body has been sat down and lectured about stricter rules for the year concerning our wardrobe, there have been mixed reactions to this renewed focus on dress code enforcement. After speaking to Mrs. Robidoux, I learned that overall it was the staff’s idea to enforce the dress code this year, generally stating it was out of control and something had to be done. Mrs. Robidoux agreed to be the one to monitor the students every day, making sure to keep it consistent so it wouldn’t be forgotten.
When asked how she felt about students not following the dress code, she responded, “It’s frustrating. A lot of times its the same kids and they know what they are supposed to be doing. It’s just something; that’s the way it is and we should just follow rules and not fight against it.”
The frustration goes both ways. “I think the dress code is kinda ridiculous” Junior Felicia Rice stated. “Making me put duct tape on the rips on my pants makes me look even tackier than I looked before.”
Junior Rosalba Valera stated “We should be allowed to choose which pants we wear. It doesn’t make sense that we get in trouble for wearing pants with a tiny rip that doesn’t even show any skin.”
Other students like Freshmen Raissa Silva, are pretty neutral about it. “It’s not that bad. I think it’s easier when I wake up in the morning and all I have to do is pick a color shirt. But not being allowed to wear sweatpants is insane!”
Junior Gerson Corominas welcomes the change and agrees that we should abide by the dress code. “People just don’t understand that this is a private school. We are paying to go here for a reason, so that way we should stand by what they want.”
Personally, I think we should allowed to have more freedom of expression through our wardrobe as long as we are modest. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a sweater over your school shirt if you’re cold, or wearing a scarf to satisfy your style craves.
Mr. Bisson, grade 9-12 math teacher also gave us his opinion. “I think it’s better. I understand why you guys don’t like it but I like how it being enforced. I dont necessarily agree with all the rules though. As long as students are modest about the way they dress, it’s fine.”
In conclusion, the dress code is what it is for now. We don’t necessarily all agree with it, but hopefully sometime during the year they will loosen up on it and let us have more freedom of expression.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it” -Maya Angelou