Students everywhere are feeling scrutinized by strict dress codes. But it’s not just them; those enforcing the rules are feeling the heat too — literally.
In Atlanta, Georgia, where summer temperatures can escalate into the 90s, The Douglass County School District has reportedly banned teachers from wearing capris, and according to TODAY, it’s stirring up controversy.
After being asked during a retreat what he thought constituted “proper” dress, Superintendent Trent North sent principals and teachers an email listing capris as inappropriate along with jeans, leggings and footwear such as sneakers and flip-flops.
The email read:
“Please emphasize the expectation that attire be professional and appropriate. Some items of clothing that are not appropriate for work include jeans (except on Fridays), flip-flops, sneakers, leggings (except when worn with an appropriate length dress), shorts and capris.”
But what exactly is he defining as capris?
NBC affiliate WXIA-TV posted this video to Facebook explaining the controversy.
To North, pants or shorts above or even below the knee — what many consider to be capris — are off limits, but those that stop right before the ankle are acceptable.
“A longer version of shorts, it isn’t business. It isn’t professional,” North, who’s only a few months into his job as Superintendent, told WXIA-TV. “If a teacher comes into the building with pants just above the ankle, no one is going to say a word.”
This capris controversy is causing quite the stir on Facebook.
People are saying that, for what teachers do on a daily basis, they need to be comfortable. “There are capris that look professional,” one user commented on the WXIA-TV video. “When you are talking about elementary school and those teachers getting up and down on the floor, they are totally acceptable.”
People, though, are also chiming in, in support of North. “There are plenty of other jobs that dictate what an employee can and cannot wear while they are being paid to perform their duties,” another Facebook user wrote.
Others don’t see a point to the debate at all, as one man commented, “What does any of this have to do with the quality of education the children of Douglas County are getting?”
After WXIA-TV sat down with the Superintendent, he told the news channel that his email was merely stating expectations, not a ban. But he also said that if you “wouldn’t wear it to an interview, you shouldn’t wear it in the classroom.” Interesting.
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