Hillside enforces dress code
By Cinco Simmons and Vionna Willoughby
The dress code is one of the most talked-about policies at Hillside because students’ style often contradicts the dress code.
Hillside Assistant Principal Sandra Hooper said the dress code is a “major infraction policy.” She said, “I would prefer to focus on academics instead of the dress code policy.”
Ms. Hooper said “teachers are expected to dress in a professional manner as teachers; students are expected to dress as if they are in a educational environment rather than a party environment to demonstrate that they value their education and themselves.”
The Durham Public Schools Dress Code Policy 4301.11 states that clothing that shows cleavage or bare skin between the upper chest and mid-thigh is against the dress code.
Ms. Hooper also stated that “to alleviate a lot of dress code infractions, it would be better or more appropriate if students covered personal body parts; buying their proper size clothing would alleviate a lot of the dress code infractions.”
Hillside Theater Teacher Wendell Tabb also said, “It’s very important that we have the dress code rules enforced.” He explained that students need to come to school as if they are coming to school, not anywhere else.
The DPS dress code policy states that no see-through, mesh garments or pants worn below the waist level are allowed.
The DPS dress code policy also states that no hats, sunglasses, bandannas or other headwear can be worn in the building. Ms. Hooper said, “No hoods because anybody can just walk in causing drama or violence.”
Hillside Foods and Parenting Teacher Ashley Washington said, “I think it’s necessary but must be enforced equal.” For example, she said anyone who wears tight clothing should get sent home, not just those students whose body shape makes that clothing stand out more. “Be consistent, no matter the person.”