I am responding and supporting the student, William Pleasant of Clovis (letter Aug 17).
I am a Clovis resident with a child who turns 5 and may (or may not) be attending Clovis Unified School District, even though I pay enormous property taxes to it. The dress code is one of the reasons. Clovis Unified’s dress code is extraordinarily strict and not gender friendly, just as the student pointed out.
A few years back, when camouflage was popular, I bought my twin niece and nephew some camouflage shorts – pink camo (girl) and regular camo (boy). My nephew was sent home for being out of compliance but my niece was allowed to wear the pink camo. Really? Why is camo bad to begin with? It is patriotic right?
Coincidentally, I am a professor at Fresno State where I have many students who come to class in pajamas. Does it take away from learning? The dress code attention at Clovis Unified actually takes away from the learning experience. The time spent inspecting students for too short of shorts or long hair could much rather be spent engaging them about educational issues.
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