Do you support revising TDSB Policy P042 (Appropriate Dress) so that it aligns with equity and human rights, and so that it incorporates greater opportunity for student voice in dress code development, review, and revision?
I support the:
“Oregon National Organization for Women (NOW) Model Dress Code to help schools improve their dress code policies and enforcement processes. The Model Dress Code emphasizes equitable educational access and dress codes which are free from gender stereotypes, promoting dress codes that do not reinforce or marginalize or oppress any group based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, household income, gender identity or cultural observance. The Model Dress Code includes basic principles, such as: certain body parts must be covered for all students; clothing pieces that students must wear; clothing pieces that students may wear; and clothing pieces that students cannot wear.’
I have a daughter and two sons who attended a TDSB High School. Only my daughter was confronted by dress code issues and it did seem to be an arbitrary and unnecessary source of stress. So we need a clear and consistent dress code, which the above seems to be. Dress is a huge representation of self expression in our culture so I feel this matter must be addressed and resolved so all students can focus on the job of learning.