Oklahoma school district makes change to ‘inequitable’ dress code

School hallway

MOORE, Okla. – Students in Moore are heading back to class on Tuesday with a few changes to the dress code.

Administrators say they are spending too much time on dress code violations.

They also don’t like calling parents away from work for a pair of shorts that may be a little too short.

Last month, the school board adopted changes to the school dress code, allowing students to dress in what’s called “reasonable, appropriate attire that won’t disrupt teaching in the classroom.”

The changes mainly affect the length of shorts and skirts.

One principal we spoke with said 99 percent of the dress code violations he found last school year were for clothing items that would be considered appropriate anywhere but in school.

“The more I looked at it, the more I found out that they’re all inequitable. Anytime you put a measurement on young ladies who are built differently, it doesn’t make sense. What’s six inches for someone else is not six inches for another young lady,” said Joseph Ross, assistant principal at Brink Junior High.

Those dress code changes won’t be in the written handbook just yet, only on the school district’s digital version.


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