After receiving some polarizing comments about the Twin Falls School district dress code, I decided to compare our policy to those of neighboring cities and states.

Some of you are perfectly fine with the code as it is and there were some of you who took issue with the code.

Here are some comments from our Facebook that for lack of a better way of saying it, are against a dress code.

"Dress codes are stupid people should be able to dress how they want and speak how they want."

 

"Maybe instead of focusing on something as superficial as how our children look in school, we focus more on the fact that the education provided here in Idaho ranks lowest in the country?"

 

"This is their time to express themselves before they get to a job that closes them up and shoves rules down their throat."

You may think that Twin Falls policy is behind the times but take a look at what schools are doing in larger metros.

Here's a dress code that applies to a number of public schools in the Boise area.  It's almost identical to the code in Twin Falls.

Updated Dress Code Expectations

1. No low-riding pants or belts dangling below the waist.
2. No shorts/skirts that are shorter than mid-thigh.
3. All leggings must be covered with a garment that reaches mid-thigh. (New this year. This will be treated as a recommendation for the 2015-2016 school year. It will officially go into effect for the 2016-2017 school year.)
4. No “spaghetti” straps, halter tops, tube tops or shirts exposing one or both shoulders even under overalls. Straps must be at least two adult fingers in width and bra straps must be covered. Males cannot wear “muscle” tank tops that expose the body.
5. No shirts are allowed that expose cleavage or expose the top outline of the bosom.
6. Shirts must be long enough to cover the abdomen and lower back at all times.
7. No sexually suggestive clothing or items are allowed, as well as Illustrations or language that is profane, obscene, encourages the use of drugs, weapons, alcohol or tobacco or promotes gang activity.
8. No headwear (hats, bandanas, scarves, berets, etc.).
9. Footwear must be worn at all times. Shoes without hard soles, such as slippers, are not appropriate.
10. No items that could be used as weapons, such as chains or spikes.
11. No overly casual clothing such as pajamas or torn clothing.

Consequences for Dress Code Violations

If students do not follow the dress code outlined below, they will face the following consequences:
1 st Offense: If you do not follow the dress code outlined above, you must wear clothing provided by the school for the rest of the school day or call home to get appropriate school clothing.
2 nd Offense: Same as above, but will also be assigned to lunch detention.
3 rd Offense: Same as above, in addition student will receive a major disciplinary violation for Insubordination and be placed in In-house detention for the remainder of the day and a parent conference will be held.

And for more reading enjoyment, browse through the entire NINE PAGES of dress policy for Las Vegas area schools.

Does Twin Falls really seem that strict by comparison?

If you really are concerned about your kids education, maybe instead of complaining about a dress code that's been agreed upon by a committee of school officials, parents and students, consider complying with policy so we can stop wasting time sending them home to change. I hate to break it to you but the rules apply to everyone.