To: West Hills High School Administration Team
From: Amanda Childers
Subject: Dress Code
As a student at West Hills High School, I understand that the school dress-code has been a big problem throughout the years. Over time, the dress code has been getting more and more strict. Students and even some faculty believe that the dress code is a little too strict and agree that it would be best if it changed. Issues such as the way the dress code can add to stereotyping and sexism as well as problems with students health. I would like to discuss a few things from this years West Hills High School dress-code.
In the West Hills High School Student Handbook, it states that the following articles of clothing are dress-codeable:
- Spaghetti strap shirts
- Razor back shorts
- Fallen, Metal Mulisha, etc.
Spaghetti Strap Shirts
In Santee during the summer, temperatures easily reach over 90 degrees. Spaghetti strap shirts are a common article of clothing that people like to wear because they are cool and comfortable. If students are allowed to wear this article of clothing to school, it might be more of an incentive to come to school.
Razorback shirts are shirts that show your shoulder blades. A lot of people have these kinds of shirts and they come in a variety of different styles and patterns. They are also another way to stay cool in the Santee summer heat. If someone doesn’t have anything to wear that is cool enough to wear to school, then there is a possibility of them overheating and getting sick.
I recommend that the West Hills High School team make the dress-code less strict. It is said that the reason the dress code is the way it is because they want guys to be more focused on school and not on the girls at our school. But, by punishing the girls, it makes the males look bad.In conclusion, I think it would be best to change the dress code to make it more reasonable. Students would be more likely to come to school and enjoy coming to school if they liked what was happening here. The dress code is a big controversial issue but all this can be resolved. The reason these articles of clothing are forbidden is because, according to the administrators, they are distracting. If thought about, the administration team is teaching males and females to be crude. They are teaching them that it is okay to call girls sluts and whores because of what they are wearing, and its punishing women to give in to these stereotypes.