DC-area parents debate in private online groups over school dress codes for students

Cropped tops, cut off denim shorts and cropped skirts are just a few of the concerns some DC-area parents are raising on various private groups online.

FOX 5’s Ayesha Khan has been following various comments and posts online where some parents say the kids need advice on how to dress for school, while others say it’s not a problem, so leave him alone.

A Loudoun County Public Schools parent wrote, “I wish schools had a bit of a dress code – like showing a little belly is fine, but something that’s basically a bra? No .”

Another parent shared when she was in school in the 80s saying, “I’ll never forget in high school biology class my teacher called me in front of the class and measured my skirt in front of the whole class and told me it was inappropriate.”

Another parent said: “Meh, I’m all for our young girls wearing whatever they feel comfortable in. Cropped tops don’t impact their ability to learn. “

Some Montgomery County parents whom Khan spoke with said that as long as the way their child dresses doesn’t impact his academics, it shouldn’t matter. Some other parents said there were so many mornings where they argued with their son or daughter about what they could and could not wear before going to school.

“We must have had a conversation yesterday about this,” MCPS mother Kisha Martin-Riley said as she spoke about her daughter.

“She had dreamed up this outfit she was going to wear at the last minute, but I had to tell her, ‘It’s not appropriate because you’re not going to walk out of here promoting something else. that your brand and who you are’. .'”

“When my daughter tries to choose outfits, I put the brakes on her to find her or my son’s choices so they can express themselves, but what I find is that there seems to be a lot more pressure in school to be more like an adult,” MCPS mom Lesley Estrada said.

“I don’t see why it’s important to know what a child wears to school,” said Montgomery County mother Jenna Liu. “If they’re out there and want to learn, they can do it just as easily with a sports bra and pajama bottoms as they would with a t-shirt and jeans, so it really doesn’t affect the results. a student’s academic performance, but it has a bearing on how they feel about themselves.”

Khan contacted school districts in Montgomery, Fairfax and Loudoun counties and was asked to check their dress code policy online. But when asked further if they would take a more hands-on approach when it comes to enforcing their policies, Khan did not receive a follow-up response.

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