Clarification of Dress Code Guidelines
As clothing styles change and students begin to wear different types of clothing, the
dress code standard set for the instructional environment at OHS is currently not
being met by all of our students. The dress code is intended to make sure that any
clothing that distracts from the learning environment is not to be worn.
Why is this being brought up now? First let me say that this is not a new rule, by any
means. It is not the standard that has changed, but the styles, and it has gotten to the
point where it needed to be addressed. The issue schools always have with rules
like this one is who is going to decide what is appropriate and what is not? As a
staff, and as a school district, we believe there are specific garments of clothing that
are not appropriate for school such as spaghetti straps and pajama pants. Another
style of clothing that has become a concern this year is the leggings that our young
ladies are wearing strictly as pants. There are students who wear spaghetti straps
but they also must wear the appropriate piece of clothing to cover up the bare skin
in order to meet the dress code. The same standard needs to be used with leggings,
as they are included in the dress code as items of dress which are too tight and draw
attention to one's self.
I have personally met with all the students and explained our concerns as well as
given them opportunities to ask questions. I also wanted to make sure they
understood we are not saying that they cannot wear leggings. They can. We only
ask that when they do to cover up the areas of their body in which the clothing being
so tight draws attention to ones self.
As always, we appreciate your support in helping maintain an environment that has
the highest level of standards for teaching and learning.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me directly at 402 747-3121.