Administration relaxes student dress code
October 6, 2019 By:MHS Piper
By: Brooklyn Flint
The Salem-Keizer School District has recently created a new dress code that allows students to express themselves more freely.
The list of clothes allowed now mentions that it is okay to wear ripped jeans as long as no under garments are exposed. Students can also wear spaghetti strap tank tops and halter tops.
This is a very big deal for young adults of this community because both girls and boys have been dress coded for things like wearing tank tops near summertime when it is too hot to wear anything else.
Many girls around our community and world have been dress coded because of exposed shoulders and slight skin around their stomach area. Many of these students have been told that it is distracting to boys, which is now changing.
Erik Jespersen, the principal at McNary high school, heard from these students.
“The feedback that a lot of students and parents had was that it tended to focus on females rather than males,’ he said. “If we are going to add a policy, it should impact both genders equally.”
Jespersen didn’t have a say in making the dress code, but he is mostly positive about it. He really just wants to stay away from hateful attire and inappropriate messages.
One thing Jespersen wants to mention is that the dress code applies to all schools in the Salem-Keizer district and not just McNary. “This is a district policy so it isn’t just about McNary, it’s k-12,” he said.
Even though he is on board for the new dress code, Jespersen would like to create a more professional school environment for the future of students.
“My job as a principal is to prepare young people to have success in the workplace,” he said. “I think it is important that kids, whatever they are wearing, are conveying a message.”