When your child gets old enough to attend school, you might find that the educational environment looks quite different from when you were young. In addition to new technologies and tighter security, many schools, even public schools, now have dress codes that dictate what students can and cannot wear. Before sending your child off to her first day of class, you will want to learn the specifics about her school’s dress code policy.
Dress Codes Vs. Uniforms
You need to understand that “dress code” does not always mean the same thing as “uniform.” A school might have a dress code that allows students to choose their own fashions… within limits. For instance, the school’s policy might prevent students from wearing T-shirts or baggy pants. The dress code might also tell all students to wear belts and tuck in their shirts.
Dress codes with uniforms, however, do not have any leeway. All students wear the same outfits. Ideally, this minimizes social competition, simplifies the dress code and improves the school’s security.
Your School’s Dress Code
If your child’s school has a dress code, then you will want to learn the specifics to ensure that she doesn’t violate a policy unintentionally. Contact the school before classes start and ask them to send you information about the dress code policy. Also, attend any orientation meetings that the school offers parents. These meetings should answer most of the questions that you have about the dress code and other school policies that could affect your child.