New women’s dress code introduced


Elizabeth Harmison

The administration has recently modified the women’s dress code policy to require skirts to reach the top of the knee. This is a change from the previous policy, which stated that skirts could be, at most, three inches above the knee.

The administration has recently adjusted the uniform policy regarding the skirt length. Skirts are now required to reach the top of the knee instead of the previous policy which stated that skirts must be three inches above the knee. Students remain unallowed to roll their skirts or wear bottoms that show underneath the hem.

According to World Languages Department Chair and Assistant Dean, Danica Attanasio, there have been ongoing complaints from parents inside the school and prospective parents regarding the length of the skirts. Attanasio took on the responsibility of assistant dean this year, to help enforce the new skirt policy.

If a skirt is too short, the student will be given a warning if it is her first violation and will have to hem her skirt, which can be hemmed for $17 at Sam’s Cleaners in Bel Air. If the student is still not in compliance after the warning, a detention will be issued.

For some students, a new skirt will have to be purchased due to the policy. According to Flynn O’Hara, the brand that supplies most school uniforms, a new skirt costs $46.50. Because of this potential economic issue, the deans said they have extra skirts to lend to students if needed. According to Attanasio, the freshmen have been following this policy, but mostly all the other grades have not.

According to the handbook, this new policy was implemented “to reflect the school’s mission to support and develop in students a sense of self-respect and integrity while also preparing them for the wider-world of work and service,” however, some students believe this new policy is not enough to fix those problems.

“I am upset because I feel like there are more important things the school should be concerned about than my skirt length,” junior Sydney Sebour said.

On the other hand, other students are not upset by this rule. “I am not upset about this new rule because my skirt has always been the correct length since ninth grade,” senior Eryn Roach said.

According to Attanasio, in addition to the changes in the skirt length, the administration is also working towards allowing female students to have the option of wearing pants for their uniform.

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