Seaford High School's Dress Code

Dec. 2, 2015

Dress code: a set of rules, usually written and posted, specifying the required manner of dress at a school, office, club, restaurant, etc. Many high schools are different when it comes to a dress code but some can be exactly the same.  Some schools will let girls wear “short-shorts” and will let guys wear their pants hanging on by a thread.  There are opposing opinions that will say whether the code is fair or unfair.    Unfortunately, the dress code is more directed towards females.  Females “cannot wear” thin-strapped tank tops but if a male is walking down with an inappropriate outfit on, that’s okay.  For example, when it starts to get warmer outside, teachers may begin to say, “ladies, dress for school, not the beach.”

Seaford High School’s dress code is one of the average school codes; students are not permitted to wear any kind of swimwear or anything that can offend a person of who they are.  With many schools, students tend not to listen to the rules and decide to go against them.

A rule for Seaford High School is that no thin strap tank –tops may be worn.  However, there is no harm in wearing them unless worn inappropriately.  Girls, and even guys, can be seen wearing them and fortunately, there has not been a problem. 
If a student does not obey the rules, they can either be warned, have clothing brought to them, or have in-school suspension.  

In other schools, for example, Wantagh High School, there is not really a big of a problem with the dress code. As long as a student is not wearing see-through clothing, his or her underclothing is not showing, or  there is no inappropriate jewelry; it is not that huge of a deal. 
High school students are now more aware of what can be seen as inappropriate these days because of what can happen if one gets in trouble.

One student from Wantagh High School, Madison Ekhaus, had indicated, ”lately, it has been getting harder finding clothes to wear because some of my teachers do not appreciate the articles of clothing some students own.”  As briefly said in Wantagh’s dress code, “Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front ad/or back) and see-through garments are not appropriate.”  “The school’s dress code can, yes, be directed towards females but even with males, it is unfair because they get more of an advantage,” Mrs. Raduazzo says.  In most schools, all students can wear what they desire; in Seaford, it is a little different.  Continuing her statement, Mrs. Raduazzo brought up that when girls are seen wearing very thin tank top straps, they are often told to put on a sweatshirt to cover up.  With males, if seen with muscle tank tops, they are still allowed to be walking down the halls with their whole side being shown.

Of course, as the weather changes, it is harder for people to follow the code, mostly when it comes to the hot weather.  With females, they are more insecure about what the new style is and how they are “supposed” to dress.  Girls tend to worry too much about the latest style and making sure they keep up with it.  Recently seen around some schools are “cliques.”  These individual cliques are dressing alike and sounding alike; they don’t care what the dress code says.  More often than not, addressing the code to the school will give you the same answer from anyone if you ask about it.  “Guys can wear their pants hanging on by a thread but if my strap comes out from my shirt, I have to run and get a jacket.”  There is a message going throughout high schools all over the world; it is not about how you dress or what the new style is, it is that people have to worry about what they buy when they go shopping for the new school year.  Unfortunately, there are some people that walk around the halls and see people wearing clothes that can reveal some skin and wonder why they can’t pull that off.  Even if someone who had thoughts like that tried wearing spaghetti straps, they should not have to worry about comments from other people; they don’t follow the dress code so that someone should be confident and not care what bystanders think.  When students are asked about the dress code, the results vary “yes it is unfair“ or “I don’t know, I think it is fine.”

Dress codes should not have people stressing over their clothes but it is more likely to happen because of how females will feel towards it.  As some people might say, “a little skin never hurt nobody.”