New, Tougher Dress Code @ CMS' South Mecklenburg High School
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tiffany Rouse is a junior at South Mecklenburg High School. What she wears to class is always subject to parental inspection. She says, "My mom does, she checks me every morning."
Teachers are also checking students. New this year, pants and shorts must be worn at the waistline and secured with a belt. Also, students must wear shirts that cover the entire shoulder and shorts, skirts and dresses cannot be shorter than five inches from the bend of the knee when students are seated or kneeling.
FOX Charlotte's Morgan Fogarty asked Tiffany, “Do you think a lot of girls were dressing inappropriately before the rules?" Tiffany replied, "Yes!"
Even though the new rules might pose an added shopping expense for some families, Tiffany's mom says money is no matter when it comes to her daughter's dress. "It's very important actually because they shouldn't have to worry about what they have on to do work, anyway."
Students say the first few days of school were pretty lax as kids got used to the new, tougher dress code, but after a few days, kids were getting busted left and right, many being sent to ISS or “in school suspension.”
"You go to the ISS room to deliver a message for your teacher, you see every desk is full, some people standing up, it's like wow,” says student Tavoris Clark. He says the new dress code is tougher on the girls, but guys have their own gripes. "They have no sagging pants now, so they give you zip ties to put up there. It's just a little frustrating at first,” he says.
Clark is glad the school hasn't yet moved to uniforms, something Tiffany's mom would love to see. She says uniforms would be "a lot less expensive (and) a lot less laundry.”
47 out of the district's 147 schools require uniforms. CMS does not have a district wide dress code. It's up to each school to set its own standards.