Pushing back against a student-driven petition to give teens the freedom of choice when it comes to their wardrobe, the Caldwell School Board has voted to impose a dress code on Caldwell High School.
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the code, which already applies to Caldwell elementary and middle schools, requires students to wear collared, solid-colored shirts and dark-colored bottoms. Dresses are prohibited as are jeans with holes or decorative stitching. Caldwell High Principal Mike Farris - who supports the new dress code - will have the discretion to allow students to wear sports uniforms on game days or special occasions.
The Press-Tribune reports that the chairman of the Caldwell School Board, Chuck Stout, cast the lone dissenting vote, saying parents had already complained that buying and maintaining new clothes for their children will be too expensive.
According to the Press-Tribune, one dissenting student said that "some students have already discussed defying the dress code on the first day of school in protest."