So, I’m sitting at our school’s Registration Day, and some of the other moms are discussing the new handbook. They revise it every year, so it doesn’t surprise me that we have a new one. Usually, it’s revised to include new dates, reflects the current tuition information, that kind of thing.
But this time, there was something different, they said… THIS time, the Dress Requirements had changed! Uh, oh… There’s a part that says this:
“It is never proper to wear play clothes, such as gym shorts or tank tops into the classroom. Recommendations are that students wear slacks/skirt and shirt/blouses with sleeves. Exceptions are between April 15-Oct 15, when modest length shorts and shirts with short sleeves may be worn.”
Parents were nearly apoplectic because of the “no gym shorts” clause in there. MANY of the kids at our school wear the Nike-style shorts. Boys and girls wear them. And the parents are hyperventilating that their kids won’t be allowed to wear these anymore.
Maybe I don’t understand because I was always brought up that gym shorts are for working out, playtime, or for lounging around at home, and there are “school clothes” that, even if they’re blue jeans, are kept a little nicer for the school setting. For the longest time, I wouldn’t let Josh wear jeans to school, but I finally broke down when he was wearing out the knees of his dress pants faster than I could fix them. Jeans were cheaper and easier to fix because I had so much extra denim around here (from previously “loved” jeans). But he’s still required – by me – to wear mostly collared shirts, although I will allow him to wear “logo t’s” if they are from something related to school or town… a school t-shirt, a cub scout t-shirt, a soccer t-shirt, etc. He’s not allowed to wear character shirts, anything that’s torn, or looks untidy. During the “shorts days”, Josh wears khaki-style or cargo-style shorts.
I can understand parents being up in arms about an unannounced change in the dress code this close to school. Most of them have already finished their school shopping, having taken advantage of sales during the summer. But that’s not what this is about. It’s about them having to tell their kids that they can’t wear the shorts anymore. Am I in the minority here? Am I the weird one because I don’t think it’s appropriate for kids to be wearing sweat shorts to school?