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.