Telling adults what to do goes over just as well as telling kids what to do. The new principal at Houston’s James Madison High School laid out a new dress code policy that’s ruffled a few feathers with its intended audience: parents.
Principal Carlotta Outley Brown signed a memo addressed to parents stating that they will not be allowed to visit the school if they are wearing pajamas, leggings, rollers, scarves, hair bonnets, ripped jeans, revealing tops, and a number of other items. Parents are already being turned away.
In one instance, police were called to escort a mother off campus who was attempting to enroll her child at the school. According to the Houston Chronicle, she had a scarf on her head and was wearing a t-shirt dress. The memo was written and dated the day after the incident.
KHOU got a copy of the memo and an excerpt states:
“You are your child’s first teacher. However, please know we have to have standards, most of all we must have high standards.”
Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers feels the statements related to hair and head coverings is “classist” and demeaning. He told the Chronicle:
“I’m sorry, this principal may have plenty of money and time to go to the hairdresser weekly and have her stuff done. Who are you to judge others who may not have the same opportunities that you do? Having a wrap on your head is not offensive. It should not be controversial.”
All rules will be enforced at the school’s indoor and outdoor events as well as for general visits to campus. Madison High is not the only school enforcing parent dress codes, as others around the country say that inappropriate dress is a problem at many schools, regardless of demographics or school level. Watch out for others that may crack down.
What do you think of this principal’s move? Are you guilty of being under-dressed when you show up to your child’s school?