Dress Code Dilemma with an Unlikely Solution

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

Chipley- Last week, Washington County school officials attended a work shop meeting to learn how to better handle dress code issues and violations. Warm weather tends to bring shorter and baggier shorts than allowed, and keeping students in check can be difficult.

"They think that our shorts are too short but I think they're fine. Some people have really long arms and it's hard to find shorts long enough" Chipley High School Sophomore, Farrah Davis said.

And surprisingly, Steve Griffin, Chipley High School Principal and father of three girls, agreed. But that's not the only area administration and students saw eye to eye.

Griffin said the issues with the dress code is not as much about the dress, as it is the enforcement of the code. "Most of the teachers don't care. Or they do care but... , its mostly a favoritism thing" Davis said.

Griffin said the issue is really not about favoritism, but that some teachers are simply more lax than others. Students and faculty both agreed that some students will just wear what they want and hope to get away with it.

Griffin told us the solution is not tightening up the dress code, just the enforcement of it. He said making sure all the teachers were on the same team, enforcing the same rules was the key. But, he said the school does plan to clear up some of the wording in the dress code to make it more clearly understood for next year.


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  • by mom Location: marianna on May 6, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    kids should be COVERED!! adults should make sure of that - (parents) before they leave for school, (school personell) when they arrive at school. No favoratism. cheerleading, football, etc. - RULES ARE RULES!! If the rules are not enforced, everyone notices. Don't single one person - get them all, even if you know their parents!!
  • by beach guy on May 6, 2012 at 06:44 AM
    Why is the school even having this issue, they are just kids. The adults in charge of the school should just tell them how to dress in schools.If the the kids dont like it dont let them come to the schools, way to much attention is shown to the kids now a days, they need to be put in their place, and thats a notch below the adults at the mschool.
  • by Al Location: Panama City on May 6, 2012 at 04:49 AM
    Sounds like the school has a principal problem also after reading this. That aside, the school needs to make this a parent problem. They are the ones buying the clothes and sending them to school. The school should appoint a committee and perform random checks the offenders have to get proper clothes brought to them. This involves the parents, a few times of that and they'll make sure they are dressed appropriately. The parents are already paying the taxes that are having to be used on this "issue" instead of just educating. School is a job (for children), and most jobs make you follow a dress code.
  • by Wow on May 5, 2012 at 01:53 PM
    Pretty good comments here. Administration paying attention?
  • by j on May 5, 2012 at 01:48 PM
    i think teenagers should wear longer shorts for cheerleading and volleyball should be banned
  • by Jennifer Location: Columbus, GA on May 5, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    Why can't the girls wear capris or bermuda shorts? Better yet, put them in uniforms.
  • by Dave Location: Marianna on May 5, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    It's a START. I think the schools biggest problem is discipline. There needs to be some reasonable order brought back to schools, so teachers can resume teaching.
  • by anonymous Location: panama city on May 5, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    ok..when did the kids start ruling everything. Parents and adults be that..Your kids are not the boss..when I was growing up if I got the look from my mom it meant business..It is sad to see a 5 year old in a store with the mom doing the right thing and she crosses her arms and says I'M NOT WEARING THAT..it is sad
  • by Michael Location: LynnHaven on May 5, 2012 at 02:47 AM
    I have a 14 Yr old Son. He wears what he wants, but always looks Clean and Presentable. i agree Shorts should not be too short or dirty and inapropiate. That being said, the Teachers and School Board Members should be focusing on The Teaching Not these " All you can Learn, is what you must to be able to Pass the FCAT" it is frustrating that our kids will bareley be able to function or succeed in College Because the State and/or the Local Schools Teach only what is required for that Grade all Year long! and not a progressing Education of all Subjects with all Students. and recognizing students whom excel and then Supporting them and guide them. as Teachers i used to Have, and Respect for doing what a teacher is supposed to Do. Teach! not just give them only what they need to make that Teacher Look Good
  • by Jerry Location: Panama City, Fl on May 4, 2012 at 09:41 PM
    The kids seem to run the school and not the teacher, they are scared to say anything to the kids or the parents. Sad but true.
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