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CLASHING OF THE MINDS: Dressing to survive

Sticky! The chairs are sticky. The air is sticky. Even our papers are sticky, and yet we are expected to stay fresh enough to learn. In a school without air conditioning, I don’t see how we can be expected to wear our fall clothes to school in 90 degree heat. I’m not saying that we have the right to run around the school looking like we’re about to go to the beach, but at the very least we should be allowed to wear shorts or tank tops, or anything to give us just a little relief during a heat wave.
When the sweat is rolling down your face in class, it is nearly impossible to focus on what you are doing. Unless you sit in the coveted seat next to the fan in class, the only way to be at all comfortable is to wear a few less layers than usual.

We’re told that wearing tank tops and shorts is a distraction to our learning, but the real distraction is our profuse sweating, or even worse, the sweating football player sitting next to you. It is practically impossible to learn when all you can think about is the air-conditioning in the main office.

If school officials expect us to pay attention in class during those blazing last days of summer, they either need to invest in air-conditioning or let us wear clothes that we can be comfortable in, because a melted brain is no way to start the school year.
–Michelle Johnson, Brookside senior

VERSUS Dressing to expectations

The School Board’s position, as defined in the Student Handbook follows:WAUKEGAN COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 60

The Board requires all students to wear clothes that do not disrupt or diminish the educational process or interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning environment. Appropriate dress enhances the educational environment for students and teachers, promotes respectful interactions and decreases unnecessary distractions and/or unwelcomed attention. Ensuring students are appropriately dressed for school is a parental responsibility….

Clothing ExpectationsThe following delineates the types of dress that adhere to the dress code policy. These guidelines apply to both males and females. …1

A. Pants: Pants must be worn around the natural waistline. They are to be of modest fit and in good condition, with no holes. Under garments must not be visible. [...]B. Shorts Skirts and Dresses:C. Shirts and Tops:4. Modest Appearance:

Clothing must not be revealing. This would include but is not limited to: bare midriffs, low-cut or see-through tops absent a sleeved t-shirt underneath, short shorts or micro miniskirts, bare backs, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts or any clothing that exposes undergarments;

Consequences of ViolationsIf a student’s dress is deemed inappropriate, which includes but is not limited to being out of compliance with school dress colors, if any, distracting or disruptive to the educational environment by any certificated staff member or contractual agent in a teaching position, the following consequences shall apply:1. First Offense:

Verbal warning to the student with documentation of the same provided to the Principal or designee that the warning was provided. Student shall be loaned appropriate clothing, if available.2. Second Offense:

Student is sent home to change into or loaned appropriate clothing, if available, and the parent is notified. The student shall be marked absent or tardy for any class time missed.Shirts and tops must cover the waistline of the pants, shorts, or skirt whether they are tucked in or not. No bare midriffs, halter tops, spaghetti tops, one shoulder straps, or tank tops are allowedShorts and skirts must be worn around the natural waistline. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be longer than three inches above the top of the knee. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be modest fit and in good condition, with no holes.. Overall: Clothing, including jewelry, must not bring undue attention to the individual and must not disrupt the educational environment. The following sub-categories are specifically applicable to high school students:3. Third Offense: Student is sent home to change into or loaned appropriate clothing, if available. Parent conference is scheduled with the Principal or designee, and the parent shall provide to the school appropriate clothing to keep at the school for the student’s use should further offenses occur. Student receives an in-school suspension in addition to any tardy or absence resulting from being sent home to change.

4. Subsequent Offenses:

Student is required to change into appropriate clothing for the day and receives an out of school suspension for one day.

At the discretion of the Principal or designee, the parent may bring appropriate clothing to school for the student to change into in lieu of sending the student home or loaning the student clothing. The student shall serve in-school suspension until such time as the parent arrives.

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