Dress Codes Aren't Changing, Fashions Are

August 22, 2005 Posted at 4:00 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR--School is back in session, and every year teachers and administrators deal with a serious issue...dress codes.
Every school has them, but some have to be more strict than others. Blytheville School District has even converted to uniforms.
Principal Terry Trotter says he was preparing for this issue during the summer.
"We've always dealt with this issue, so this summer I sent a letter, which was more like a book, out to the parents. Along with this I included the requested dress code."
The list includes, but is not limited to 17 items. Some of which include no shorts, tank tops, piercings, or sagging pants. 
 It's not the code that is changing, it's just the wording.
"To be correct, when fashion changes, so do the wording of the rules."
Principal Trotter says the first day they had about 25 students that needed to change. Parents were allowed to bring them a change of clothes in order to adhere to the policy.
"I am greatly pleased with the way our students have accepted the rules. There are always going to be exceptions, but we deal with that when it comes."
He says his main purpose is not to tell the kids they can't express themselves, but the school is trying to prepare them for their future.
"We are here to teach them to go out into the world and make an impression. Whether it be with academics, athletics, or professionalism. If we teach them to dress appropriately, they will have that same respect in the professional world."
"I have a great bunch of students, and it's amazing how well they comply when they are approached in the right way."