Dress code is a controversial topic

Sakina Burhani and Arianna Reuss

Dress code is a set of rules at Dobie Jr. High that most students dread. Many girls and boys throughout the school believe that the dress code should not exist at all and that there should be freedom to choose what they wish to wear.

The SCUCISD district Parent-Student Handbook was signed by all parents at the beginning of the year. The handbook includes the dress code. Some of the rules include: ripped jeans, off the shoulder tops, bra straps and spaghetti straps and bandanas. 

Students are not suggesting to completely remove the dress code, but to simply change the rules to better adjust to the students and the fashion trends that come and go year after year. Some of the girls around the school hallways say that the existing dress code is too restrictive. As an example, the current dress code is preventing them from wearing clothes that are not “fashionable” in an age where certain clothes are preferred to be worn.

Many students complain that the school dress code is so restricting that they can’t wear the clothes they want to wear. Some say the Dobie school dress code is even more restrictive than what parents enforce their own children to wear. Students felt very annoyed because the school isn’t letting them wear the clothes they feels comfortable in and what their parents approve of and is restricting their ability to wear what they want to.  

Many students happen to use their  own money to purchase certain clothes from retailers within the area and it is students opinions that as long as the clothes do not have any indecent language, messages, or provocative in nature-that it is within their right to wear these clothes. 

As Sophia Jamil stated, the dress code is “pretty annoying.” She has also realized that the teachers, staff, and counselors all have one thing in common, which is that they all dress code girls more than boys. This might be because girls like to show a lot of skin with crop tops, spaghetti strap tops, off the shoulder tops, and with many other types of clothing, which Aaron Garcia, who is and eighth grade boy, believes is the reason for girls getting dress coded more often than boys.  


Student-Parent Handbook https://www.scuc.txed.net/Page/29056