Chipley High School Takes Unique Approach to Dress Code Issues

By: Bergen Baucom
By: Bergen Baucom

Chipley- Last week, Washington County school officials attended a work shop meeting to learn how to better handle dress code issues and violations. Warm weather tends to bring shorter and baggier shorts than allowed, and keeping students in check can be difficult.

"They think that our shorts are too short but I think they're fine. Some people have really long arms and it's hard to find shorts long enough" Chipley High School Sophomore, Farrah Davis said.

And surprisingly, Steve Griffin, Chipley High School Principal and father of three girls, agreed. But that's not the only area administration and students saw eye to eye.

Griffin said the issues with the dress code is not as much about the dress, as it is the enforcement of the code. "Most of the teachers don't care. Or they do care but... , its mostly a favoritism thing" Davis said.

Griffin said the issue is really not about favoritism, but that some teachers are simply more lax than others. Students and faculty both agreed that some students will just wear what they want and hope to get away with it.

Griffin told us the solution is not tightening up the dress code, just the enforcement of it. He said making sure all the teachers were on the same team, enforcing the same rules was the key. But, he said the school does plan to clear up some of the wording in the dress code to make it more clearly understood for next year.

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