Howard High School sent an e-mail out to parents last week, asking parents to keep an eye on their kids’ clothes:
The warm weather has arrived! Please check out what your child is wearing to school. Today’s beautiful weather brought some “not so pretty” sights to school.
We realize that finding the proper length shorts can be a challenge but it can be done. In truth, the real issue is that the shorts are way too tight, and some without the proper under garments. The tops are way too low and reveal well beyond cleavage. We go through this every year and it becomes a very unpleasant battle. We suspect that some students leave their homes with one outfit on and then change when they arrive at school. It sounds like we are just commenting on the dress of our young ladies but that is not the case. I can tell you the color and brand of boxers on some of the guys because their pants are practically down to their knees.
We are trying to provide an academic atmosphere and we need your help. Some of our teachers are very uncomfortable addressing students over the inappropriate dress and consequently the student must be sent to the office. We can avoid this loss of instructional time with your help. If you receive a phone call requesting a pair of pants, top, etc. this is the reason why. It is not our intention to interrupt you at work or home but sometimes we do not have a choice. Let’s work together on this now so that we can enjoy the beautiful weather and notice the blooming flowers and trees!
So, what do you think about your kids’ wardrobes – are they something to be negotiated or dictated? And – especially if your kids wear a uniform, is there a difference between weekend clothes and school clothes?
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