Pros and cons of school dress code November 11, Thanksgiving is coming, which means Christmas sales loom on the horizon.
By Edward Graham Although the vast majority of educators dress in professional attire for the classrooms and schools where they work, some schools districts are nonetheless drafting and implementing dress code policies for school employees.
Hair and nails are to be clean and neatly groomed, and those who work around moving equipment will be required to maintain shoulder length hair or secure it in place. The real issue, of course, is respect, says teacher Donna Hanshew.
For Parents As Well?
In April, a school board member in Palm Beach County, Florida, suggested a new dress code — not for students or teachers, but for parents. Debra Wilhelm, president of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association, strongly opposed dress codes for parents, calling them a waste of time and impractical.
In our county only one board member actually supported the implementation of a dress code. We are adults and can make our own decisions. I dress in clothes that are practical for my job.
Almost every teacher has a basic understanding of what constitutes school-friendly attire. But dressing too rigidly could have the opposite effect, creating a sense of separation between the teacher and students.
Teachers know to avoid revealing clothing and ultracasual attire; those who make that mistake are reprimanded by their school administrators. The bottom line, says Dr.
A teacher who wears jeans or sweats, or tops that show cleavage, does not promote respect.Dressing (Teachers) For Success "Dressing appropriately" used to be a phrase with universal meaning. But in an age where flip flops appear in White House photos, some school districts want to make it clear how they expect all staff members -- including teachers -- to dress.
Jeans help teachers do their jobs at the highest possible level. I work in a school where the teacher dress code is not strictly enforced.
Teachers wear jeans pretty regularly, but we don’t look like a slovenly group of people, nor are our students suffering because of our casual attire.
Sayreville adopted a dress code for all its employees, with no complaints, according to Sutherland. "There were no problems when it was instituted.
In three years, we have yet to employ any sanctions," she said. Administrators thought the dress code was needed to set a . Cons of school dress code: helping students dress for success.
The last days of summer saw students and parents shopping for school supplies and clothes from the list given out by their schools.
Parents spent precious dollars, being told that this investment would pay dividends in increased student learning. The Wichita School District in Kansas has banned cutoff shorts, pajama pants and flip flops. Similarly, school officials in Milwaukee recently concluded that dress codes would consider athletic wear and T-shirts unacceptable for the classroom setting.
Men -- dress pants or khakis and tucked-in button-downs are always a safe bet. It's a personal preference, perhaps, but depending on your school environment, sleeveless is sometimes considered too casual for the classroom.