Parents need to fully follow dress code rules

Sept. 5, 2011 at 4:05 a.m.

About two years ago, the Victoria school district board of trustees began working on the idea of a dress code. A dress code was something desired by parents, teachers and the community to return the classroom to an academic setting rather than a platform for students to compete in the latest fashion trends.

Peer pressure is a powerful force, and learning in school was losing out over the latest, greatest look for teens.

Now, we have a dress code that, given the chance, will accomplish the desired goal - focusing the attention of the student on academics and turning the competition in fashion to who gets the better grades.

On the other hand, no dress code will fully satisfy all. However, we should be happy we have a code and can work on it.

We think parents and teachers should really study the code to be familiar with it. Once fully understood, any questions about what breaks the code should be answered.

We think the code is pretty comprehensive. But we also think that the school district should examine the code regularly to continue improving it because there will always be room for adjustments to rules that might not be defined enough or too stringent.

We do think it is important to have a clear code so parents will not purchase expensive clothes that don't meet the code's rules. This clarity should be inarguable; otherwise the rule in question is not clear, or the parent did not read the code.

As far as disparity in the number of infractions from one campus to another, this seems to be a problem with interpretation or lack of enforcement. Again, the code should be clearly communicated and the district should address any lack of enforcement.

We hope that the controversy over the dress code can subside with additional code adjustments and more education about the code's rules. Once that is done, we expect the classroom will return to what is for: education of our students.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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