Dress code at SJ-O changed

Dress code at SJ-O changed

ST. JOSEPH — The dress code at St. Joseph-Ogden High School has been changed for this year.

The student handbook now reads: "Yoga pants, leggings, tights, spandex and other types of tight fitting shorts, pants or shirts are considered undergarments. Therefore, they must be covered in the areas of the chest, abdomen, genital area and buttocks. Undergarments of this type must also be covered to a length that is equal to or past a student's finger tips when the student's hands are at their side."

SJ-O Principal Brian Brooks believes dress codes are important.

"It is important for students, especially high school students who are getting ready to enter adulthood, to understand and be able to conform to the norms and expectations of society," he said. "Most places you go — and most certainly most places of employment — have an expectation of the type of attire one can wear."

Brooks said he felt that most parents understood why the school needed to have a dress code.

"If there were no expectations of dress for students, there would be constant interruption to the educational process, which is most important," he said.

Students are also not allowed to wear clothing that shows their bare shoulders, bare backs or bare midriffs or go barefoot.

Spaghetti-strap tops are also banned.

Brooks said most students follow the dress code.

A student found to be in violation of the policy is asked to change clothes or turn a shirt inside-out.

"We have some clothes here they can change into so they don't have to go home and miss class," Brooks said.

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BeingTheMartian wrote on August 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

This addition to the policy targets female students.  Forcing young women to dress in a way that is not going to "distract" male students is sexist to BOTH genders.  Give the boys some credit that they can treat women with respect.  If they don't deserve that credit, then give them some training so that they can learn how to be respectful.  Expecting young women to cover themselves and wear baggy pants avoids the real problem and puts the blame in the wrong place.

MyOpinionOnlyMatters wrote on August 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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I'm proud to live in the SJO community and this new rule is far from sexist. I don't know where you live BeingTheMartian but I assume it's on another planet. These are not adults, these are children that buy into the everyday media garbage cycle of twitter,instagram, snapchat, ect. Adults/Parents should embrace this new policy and appreciate that someone in the school is looking out for their children. As a father of 7th grader in the community I feel that even some of the Uniforms and School dance apperal is over the top. Feel free to comment back with your alien like chatter but remember MyOpinionOnlyMatters

Martin1 wrote on August 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm
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Did they get rid of the pajama wearing too ??

ufdfire wrote on August 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm

So new rules for the gals ....are bro-tanks still allowed for the guys?!?