It’s usually the students who are getting in trouble for what they wear to school. Well, now it’s the teacher’s who are involved in a dress code controversy. The article of clothing that is in question? Capris.
They are the perfect option for teachers because they are professional and comfortable, especially in the hot summer months on Georgia. When word got out that Douglas County was thinking of banning capris, teachers were not happy. Some even called the move ridiculous.
"Please emphasize the expectation that attire be professional and appropriate. Some items of clothing that are not appropriate for work include jeans (except on Fridays), flip flops, sneakers, leggings (except when worn with an appropriate length dress), shorts and Capris."
The teachers in the county are in agreement for everything on the list except for the capris. That seems like a bit much, don’t you think? You are saying the pants above are not appropriate to teach in? Please explain.
"I think it's utterly ridiculous," said Kevin, who has family who works in the school system. "Is the teacher wearing khakis going to improve test scores? Is it going to improve funding? I don't think so."
But the superintendent said that capris were not his focus at all. He explains that the subject came up at a retreat when a principal asked him what his expectation was for the dress code. Then he sent the email that sparked the capri controversy.
"A longer version of shorts, it isn't business. It isn't professional. If a teacher comes into the building with pants just above the ankle, no one is going to say a word." Whew, you can all breath easy then. If you are wearing pants, that is.
So, what do you think? Would you wear capris to an interview? Do you think teachers should be able to wear them school, especially in the hotter months? Who knew that capris could become such a hot topic?