Story by Abby Beauregard, Trey Rice and Sam Aaron
With the start of a new school year comes the induction of a new dress code for the students of Dutch Fork. From wisened seniors to rookie freshman alike, the school finds itself under a dress code with fewer restrictions and more freedom.
“It’s more lenient and we have a wider selection of clothes to wear,” senior Annie Hudacko said.
Students have expressed since the start of the year that the new dress code is less restrictive than the old one.
“People couldn’t express themselves,” sophomore James Byrne said.
The new dress code allows for students to express themselves in more ways. It helps students create their own identity and to be their own person. Not wearing anything inappropriate should be common sense, even if there were no dress code.
“You shouldn’t just come in to school looking like anything, like short shorts, because it can be seen as a distraction. I just think people should be mindful of what they’re wearing,” Junior Kianna Fleming said.
The new dress code focuses less on the restrictive rules of the past and more on simply what is seen as distracting, disturbing or disruptive to fellow students and teachers.
“It means dressing in a way that doesn’t distract others from learning,” said Administrative Assistant Principal Brandon Doty.
The school district played a big role in the change of dress code attempting to standardize the dress code for the students.
“It wasn’t changed because anything was necessarily wrong, but students who changed schools wanted to have a standard dress code,” claims Doty.
The new policy is more lenient towards students allowing for shorter shorts and thinner straps. It gives more responsibility to the students to wear appropriate clothing. This in mind, the goal of the new policy is to decrease distractions in order to increase learning.
“The consistency, it gives a little more responsibility to the students. And puts the focus on learning in the classroom,” says Doty.
The current policy is less restricted, which gives students more freedom.
When asked about the faults in the previous procedure, Administrative Assistant Holly Koon claimed “I don’t think anything is wrong with it, personally as myself I would rather see you dressed for success.”
Although students are excited about the prospect of a little more freedom, not all teachers are excited about the prospect of liberated students.
“We’re seeing things you see at the lake, not a public environment of learning,” states Koon.
Ultimately, the new dress code gives students more freedom as to what they wear while also aiding them in the schools public learning environment.
“Keep it classy,” exclaims Koon.