Back-to-school shopping is always something fun and exciting. Elkin High School students, however, must abide by the dress code.
Some Elkin City Schools dress code standards include no shorts, dresses, or skirts less than three inches above the knee. Jeans may not have holes three inches above the knee. Hats are not allowed. If students wear leggings, the shirt must be long enough to cover the bottom. Lastly, tank top straps must be at least two inches wide.
Several students stated their opinion on the dress code, and most were against the policy. Julie Taylor, a junior at EHS, said, “I was dress coded for having a hole in the back of my dress, even though I was wearing a tank top to cover it. I think it’s a little too strict; the holes in the jeans rule is too far, and I also believe we should be able to wear running shorts.”
Mackenzie Hunt, also a junior at EHS, said, “I think that this is a free country, and you should be able to wear whatever you want, no matter where you are. If your parents say you can wear it, you should be able to wear it.”
However, teachers and administration feel somewhat differently about the issue. Leslie Hooper, a science teacher at Elkin High, said, “I like that we are becoming a little more strict with it. We are supposed to be training and helping you as students to prepare for life outside of high school. In the business world and as a professional, most professions do not allow you to dress as you want.”
Lisa Pendry, EHS assistant principal, agreed. “Dress codes are important because they help support a professional learning environment where students take responsibility for their appearance.”
She explained that the most violated rules would be wearing a hat inside the building, and wearing shorts or skirts too short. As Pendry commented, “What’s fashionable is not always what is appropriate.”
The majority of students at Elkin High would like to make a great deal of changes to the standards, but the dress code seems here to stay.
Emilee Major, Beth Russell, Mackenzee Garwood and Leah Thornburg are students at Elkin High School.