I have found myself asking this question several times in the last few weeks? And it is not because I have nothing better to do it is because of dress code policy. I was told that leggings are considered underwear although Webster’s Dictionary says that they are protective coverings for the leg. No mention of underwear there.
I am very livid as one of my daughters has a health condition that she cannot wear anything binding around her stomach / waist area. Leggings are the only thing that we have found that doesn’t irritate her condition. So once we found this out we were told that if she had a doctor’s note that she would be allowed to wear leggings. So we went through the trouble of getting a doctor’s note and she still is not allowed to wear leggings to school without wearing a skirt or dress on top of them. This totally defeats the purpose of getting the note to begin with.
I have questioned this policy several times and have gotten leggings are underwear. If they are considered underwear then why aren’t they sold in the underwear department? Let me mention that nowhere in the student dress code policy is leggings specifically mentioned. But in the staff dress code policy underwear and leggings are mentioned but not together.
Let me also say that my child has been embarrassed and called out because of this. Look at the two outfits that she got called out on and tell me if see anything wrong with them.
She has struggled with attendance because of her seizures and so far hasn’t missed a day this year. But there are times when she comes home crying because she is singled out because of what she is wearing. I have seen some of the things some of the other students have worn and they are overlooked. She has felt bullied by this particular staff member over this dress code policy. I will have to say I see why because this particular staff member gets snotty with me as well and even goes as far to questioning what her doctor is doing for her. What to do?
This topic of dress code has come up quite a lot in the last few weeks in my house. We have noticed the double standard with what applies to one student but not to another. At what point do we stress education and attendance over what a child wears? And at what point do we realize that most dress code policies only really affect girls because as one article I just recently read says that the way girls dress affect the way boys learn. I am like really???