Alternate Dress Days

I received the following from Aycock Middle School last night regarding dress, pay attention to the last part titled ‘Alternate Dress Days’:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As we approach a change in season, I want to give some clarity about our dress code and provide direction about what children can wear on alternate dress days.  I will also post these on the website.

Coats and Jackets – Students can wear any coat or jacket to school.  They are allowed to wear the coat or jacket until they reach their locker before 1st period.  They are expected to leave their coat or jacket in their locker at that time.

Sweaters and Sweatshirts – If students are cold-natured or find that they need extra warmth during the day, they can wear a solid color button up or zipper sweater or sweatshirt.  The sweater or sweatshirt must be white, light blue, navy, orange or black with no hood worn over their standard dress shirt during the day.  These must have no designs or logos on them.

Alternate Dress Days – On days that students are able to wear alternate dress – the last Thursday of the month or picture days, students are guided by the following rules:

All shirts must be tucked in and pants must be worn at the top of hips; midriffs must be covered; shirts should have sleeves; length of shorts and skirts must be no more than 4” above the crease in the back of the knee.  Hats, sunglasses, bandannas, hoods, pajamas, earrings for boys, bedroom slippers, bathrobes, doo rags, wrist and sweat bands may not be brought to school.  Pants with straps must be hooked.  Girls may not wear any tops with spaghetti straps or halter tops.  Profanity, suggestive slogans, offensive messages and/or references to alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products on clothing are prohibited.  The administration will determine if clothing distracts from the learning environment.

William Price

During all of last year – when “alternate dress” was the “standard mode of dress”, nothing was ever dissiminated regarding what was expected of students like what is imparted in this message.  If these high expectations had been communicated clearly and forcefully, Aycock’s new uniform policy would not be necessary.

I suggest that Aycock make the ‘Alternate Dress Days’ policy the “Standard Mode of Dress” policy. 

The above announcement validates my contention that school uniforms are not what is changing the learning atmosphere at Aycock, what happened is that the school’s administration developed a spine.

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