New dress code outlaws dresses and skirts in Texas school district

Representational imageIvan Aleksic

A North Texas school district instituted new dress codes, barring students from wearing hoodies, dresses or clothing with stripes, checks, lettering, wording, or other designs. School administrators are also expected to examine clothes beneath the surface, to ensure sufficient underclothing and undershirts are one of the approved solid colors, with no printing or designs, according to the 7-page guideline issued by the school district.

Forney Independent School District said in a statement:

The dress code gives the district a positive and distinctive identity and reflects the values of the schools and community. The use of a school dress code is established to improve student self-esteem, bridge socio-economic differences among students, and promote positive behavior, thereby enhancing school safety and improving the learning environment. If the campus administrator determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school.

A video announcement titled " Back for the Future" published by FISD lays out the district's reasoning behind the new policy and features a voiceover from a student. School superintendent Justin Terry also appears in the video to show how school children should be trained in future workforce skills. The school district contains 16 schools and 12,765 students.

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