This is my 6th grade daughter that goes to Mill Creek Middle school in Calvert County MD. This is what she wore to school today. Its leggings and a shirt that clearly covers her butt. When she got off the school bus at school she walked past the principal and 5 to 6 teachers and administrators and noone said anything about her outfit not being appropriate. When she got to her home room a boy in the class yelled out “Madison has leggings on” and the teacher said she thought it was fine because she was fully covered but to go to the office to make sure.
Madison went to the office where the principal told her to put her gym shorts on over her leggings because her shirt was not 3 inches abover her knee. Madison was devistated and embarrassed and called me from the bathroom. I went to the school to talk to the principal about this policy. While i was in the school i noticed many girls with skinny jeans on that were tighter and more revealing then the pants my daughter had on and had shirts on that just went to the top of their pants. I also noticed teachers wearing leggings with short shirts on as well. When i talked to the principal she pulled out the calvert county code of conduct and showed me the dress code and said that it is the policy that is followed all throughout Calvert County and that she follows it to the letter of the law.
I would never let my daughter leave the house in something like that but what she is wearing is completely appropriate, not to mention it is comfortable so she can focus on school work and not be unconfortable in jeans all day.
Next point, has anyone seen the volley ball uniforms or the cheer uniforms or the poms uniforms provided by the schools for the girls? Well they are completely against every rule in the dress code.
Third point, i was told that the reason for not letting the girls wear tight pants is so that it does not distract the boys in class. How about we teach our boys to respect the girls and not look at them in that way and go to school to learn.
Fourth point, the boys dress code allows for them to wear pants as tight as they want to and they dont have to wear shirts 3 inches from their knees….how is that fair?
I am completely outraged at this dress code policy and I have already contacted southern maryland news to take up this story.
My last point will be this, the other problem with this so called policy is that it is pick and choose. My daughters friend had on the same out fit all day today just different colors and was never talked to about the dress code. If the principal at mill creek is so worried about the dress code then there should be a way to check every single child that comes in as they walk through the door or in first period and not just IF someone happens to see them.
I have talked to many parent of students in Mill Creek who agree with me about this policy and it is going to take all of us to band together to make a change. Our girls should be allowed to go to school and be comfortable as long as they are fully covered and the clothes do not affect the school atmosphere.