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Dress code debacle

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  |  Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:43 am

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An Airdrie private school has been feeling the heat for a dress code that some parents are calling biased and exclusive after a parent pulled her son from the school when he was told he could not wear a dress to school. (See story on page 3).

We have mixed feelings on the subject. On one hand, in a prepared statement, the school has explained that the parent signed the dress code, which clearly states boys are not permitted to wear skirts, dresses, jumpers or other clothing and accessories specifically intended for girls.

The school representative goes on to state, the dress code was created with the input of parents who showed they want a code that promotes modesty and prohibits clothing or accessories that would be distracting to the children. We think it is important that private businesses include stakeholders’ opinions in their policies.

However, the statement did not say when these parent consultations were conducted. Perhaps it is time to update policies and ask parents what they would like to see again as times have changed and society as a whole is more accepting of diversity.

What we think it comes down to is the fact that as a parent, you must research the school you are enrolling your children in and make sure that institution’s values and morals match your own.

If they don’t, or if your opinions change, it is your responsibility to find a school that is a better fit for your family.


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