Comet Culture Guidelines Raise Reactions


Bineta Lo and Maia Adoeye

In the winter, students are covered in clothes that are appropriate for the weather. Dress guidelines are normally not a problem for anyone that time of the year.

When the weather starts to get warmer, however, students tend to show more skin to stay cool. But the problem is that students can sometimes run into problems with teachers/administration for showing “too much skin.”

The Comet Culture guidelines state that students can’t wear spaghetti straps, off the shoulder tops, tank tops, pajamas, etc. In other words, exposing too much skin also isn’t allowed.

This is in alignment with the BCPS handbook which states “public schools do not regulate the dress and/or appearances of students,” but they can create rules which reduce disruption to the school day.

Some students agree that schools need to regulate student clothing.

“I think that it is fair because it’s nothing that’s impossible. They’re not holding the students to some unachievable standard of modesty. It’s not liked they’re saying girls can’t show their ankles,” junior Celia Sterrn expressed.

Unlike Sterrn, junior Michael Fisher believes that the Comet Culture guidelines are unfair to students.

“I feel like, as human beings, we should be able to wear what we want to wear. I think some of it should be limited, but not all of it. Like guys should be able to wear tank tops with no problem,” Fisher explained.

Which one of the school’s dress guidelines do CHS students find to be the most unnecessary?

“I think the spaghetti strap thing is pretty stupid because how are they distracting anyone from their learning,” junior Fletcher Oaks said.

Others think the bare back guideline is not necessary to the dress code.

“Bare back. Nobody can say they are being distracted by a bare back. It’s a back. Everyone, boy or girl has a back,” junior Kayla Krainer said.

This student ultimately thinks the pajama guideline is absurd.

“I don’t understand why wearing pajamas distracts anyone from their learning experience, like it’s not going to hurt anybody. More people probably wear their pajamas to school than you think,” junior Maiyana Bowden expressed.

Do CHS students think most of their peers are following the rules?

“No because people break the guidelines every day and I’ve never seen or heard of anyone being called out for a dress code,” Sterrn stated.