by Delanie Meisner – Editor-in-Chief
Good news girls, you don’t have to wear Bermuda shorts to be in dress code. Your shorts now don’t have to be past your fingertips when you put your hands on your sides. Now you get to put your hands on the top of or behind your thighs. This does give a bit of leeway and deems more fashionable choices to be appropriate.
Also, pertaining to the leg area, skirts can now be a dollar bill (6.14 inches) above the top of your knee. On average this actually permits shorter skirts and dresses than in the past.
Another change to the dress code was the hat rule. Students are now able to wear hats in the halls and in classrooms at the teacher’s discretion.
Last but not least, ladies, gentlemen, and every gender on the spectrum, the dress code no longer singles anyone out. The dresses and shorts rule used to specifically use the word “her” to describe the individual whose shorts had to be past their fingertips. But now the language is gender neutral and encompasses all students, not just females.
While these changes are a big leap in this area, the dress code has only changed slightly. There is still the idea that showing a bra strap, or dare say a glimpse of upper thigh, is a learning distraction. This is an incredibly harmful complex of “change so that you don’t distract” that insinuates one person’s education is of more importance than the other. As far as school dress codes go, this amount of freedom is virtually unheard of. Most public school dress codes require skirts, dresses, and shorts to fall below the knee and are full of sexist language. Thanks to Mrs. Pizzalato, for recognizing that there was room for change in the dress code and taking initiative, we might not have to sweat our butts off come springtime.