I am not from Clovis, but with 20 years of experience teaching high school students, I’ll enter the conversation regarding the dress code.
The district suggests a correlation between good grooming standards and academic achievement. A 2013 survey found that, compared to their peers, “Students who experience victimization and discrimination at school have worse educational outcomes and poorer psychological well-being.”
In addition, students facing discriminatory practices or policies at school are three times as likely to have missed school in the last month and report grade point averages up to a half point lower than their peers. If the trustees are concerned about academic achievement, they should eliminate discriminatory policies.
In 1994, the district defended the dress code in court, and students lost $195,000 that could have been spent on new materials or programs to enrich students’ learning experiences (and improve academic achievement). I’m disappointed for the students that trustees made the same misguided decision last week.
Some Clovis parents and trustees need to consider alternate placements for their loved ones, as public school (and its mandated inclusion of all students) seems contrary to their ideology.
Stephanie LeClair, Paso Robles