On the first day of school, Leesville students were informed on the new changes to the dress code.
“[The dress code change] was actually a school-wide idea,” said Dr. Muttillo. The administration made the changes due to the confusing dress code procedures from the last years.
Students are no longer permitted to wear tank tops with exposed shoulders. Students’ shorts can now go to the thumb, compared to the old rule where shorts had to reach the middle finger. In gym classes, students who cut their shirts down the side of the body will not be permitted to do that any longer.
“With the new rules, people can’t dress as inappropriately, and, no one really wants to see that, so it’s a good change,” said Dana Worthy, junior. “I really don’t like the tank top rule, though. A lot of dresses I bought for school don’t have full sleeves, so now I can’t even wear them without being afraid of getting in trouble.”
There are six consequence levels to breaking the dress code. According to policies the administrators sent out in an email, the six levels become more serious as the infractions continue; the penalties range from a warning to a day in ISS. Students can find the official dress code (as based on Wake County Policy 6410) here, on page 22-23.
“The possibility of getting ASD because of short shorts being too short or having my shoulders showing is over the top. I understand giving students lunch detention and a call home, but ASD? It’s a dress code infraction. It’s not like students are cheating on tests; they’re wearing the wrong thing. Whether my shorts are an inch too short doesn’t affect how well I learn. It shouldn’t even matter,” said Rebecca Rice, sophomore.