The note also stated that starting November 5th of the school year, when winter dress begins all girls will have to wear tights or leggings every day. Lastly, regarding the skirt lengths, all girls skirts have to be “no shorter than four inches above the top of the knee.”
The three consequences to students who break the rule on the skirt length are, a first offense which means a warning will be issued and the student will be required to purchase tights or leggings from the school store for immediate wear. A second offense is a two-hour detention on Saturday, and the third offense is that the student will not be able to attend classes. These second two offenses were added this year.
In an interview, Ms.Orr answered a few questions about the new uniform changes. The first question was, will these new rules be long term or short term changes to the school uniform? The response was “For now they are set and we don’t see they will be switching back but, that doesn’t say that perhaps if someday students came to us and had a mature and an appropriate conversation about trying to change it we would not listen. Overall the administration is open to hear students opinions and talk with them.”
Another question that was asked was, “what are the reasons that made you change the uniform?”.
One of the administrators said, “A couple of reasons were to be consistent, and to look neat and professional at school.”
A big question that a lot of students had on their mind was about not being able to wear boots. The administrator talked about the topic and discussed how it is not all boots that were not school appropriate but they saw some that just were not professional to wear for example timberlands boots, knee high boots or flashy Ugg boots. The administrator stated that these shoes can take away the professional look to the uniform. These are the topics that were discussed with one of the Upper School administrators to see their opinion and get details of why they decided to add changes to the uniform this school year.
Junior Chris Yazdani answered questions regarding his thoughts on the changes to the uniform. Chris said “I don't believe the changes are unreasonable but they definitely don't seem to affect boys as much as girls, but I believe boys and girls should be able to wear boots in the winter due to the fact that students have to walk to different buildings each block for classes or walk from their cars down near the athletic center. If it's snowing or pouring rain wearing boots is a lot more comfortable for everyone.”
“Now that these changes are being really enforced and teachers have gotten more strict students will start to listen more because it has been such a big change.”
“A lot of his guy friends don't really talk about it or care, but has heard multiple responses from girls. For example, he has heard they either don't believe it's a big deal or strongly disagrees with the new changes.”
In an interview with Julia Vasco(21), she answered the same questions regarding her thoughts on the changes to the uniform. “I feel as though the uniform change was super abrupt and a little bit unreasonable. I think this because although it might make us look more in unity it makes most people more uncomfortable in the uniform.”
“I do believe that this will encourage my classmates and I because this was a big change and made a strong impact on our community and have noticed students and staff taking it more seriously.”
“Most of my friends were taken off guard and did not see this coming, but we all understand that some people have taken advantage of the previous dress code and respect the administrators’ decisions.”