A Texas school district announced an updated dress code on Tuesday, and officials cited several benefits of the changes.
The Forney Independent School District has made two main changes to its dress code, the WFAA reported Wednesday.
First, no hooded clothing, such as hoodies and jackets, would be allowed inside the building. Second, dresses, skirts, and skorts were not permitted for students older than 4th grade.
According to the Forney ISD Student Dress Code document:
Forney Independent School District has a student dress code policy for all grades and campuses. The dress code gives the neighborhood a positive and distinctive identity and reflects the values of the schools and the community. All students are required to wear appropriate dress every day, except for days designated as no dress code days at the discretion of school administrators.
The use of a school dress code is established to improve students’ self-esteem, bridge socio-economic differences among students, and promote positive behavior, thereby improving school safety and the working environment. learning.
The document also stated that if a student violated the rules set out in the dress code, the student would be allowed to correct the problem on campus.
“If not corrected, the student may be suspended from school for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designate bring an acceptable change of clothes to school,” it read.
Some schools reportedly saw better attendance when their students wore uniforms in class, according to Future of Working.
“The average absentee rate for middle or high school students drops about 7% after uniforms or a school-specific dress code are enforced,” the website states:
There may still be behavioral issues that teachers and administrators have to deal with every day, but the issues evolve into less serious issues. The benefits of this perk can include a lower suspension rate and a higher graduation percentage.
Forney ISD also shared a video of a student promising to “learn and model professionalism as I prepare for my dream career”:
Forney ISD’s mission statement states that it has partnered with parents and community members to “create and sustain an environment that maximizes the potential of every learner.”