Ms Bernadel said when it comes to punishing students for dress code violations, black and brunette girls write the most, followed by black boys, then white girls, then white boys. . For black girls, the issue is not necessarily their clothing, but their body, which tends to be seen at an early age as more developed or “adult.”
In the short term, disciplinary action resulting from obtaining a “dress code” can result in reduced instruction time, which adversely affects academic performance. In the long run, violations of the code can make girls, and especially black girls, “ashamed of the way they speak and the way they look,” said Ms. Bernadel.
The policy back to you on the wearing of masks in Cobb County schools reflects part of the patchwork of masking policies nationwide. In much of the country, it is up to local authorities to determine whether masks are mandatory in schools, and most school districts that require face coverings set the rule for all students, regardless of their age or age. vaccination status. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all students, teachers, and staff in schools wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
“Cobb County says parents are in the best position to decide whether their child wears a mask, but that they are not in the best position to decide what the child is wearing on their body,” Sophia wrote in a petition on Change.org which has over 2,000 signatures.
“I don’t think you can choose that reasoning,” said Sarah Trevino, Sophia’s mother and Atlanta-area lawyer, of the county’s position that parents can choose whether their children wear masks. . “If you are going to use this reasoning to put a strip of cloth on your child’s face, it should be the same reasoning if you are going to put a strip of cloth on his thigh.”
According to Simpson College Dress Code, “All shorts, skirts and dresses should be finger-long” – meaning that when students hold their arms at their sides, their longest finger should always touch the fabric. The code also states that “no skin should be exposed above the fingertip”.
Sophia said her main problem with the dress code was that it singled out girls and held them accountable for boys’ actions.