Change San Ysidro High School Uniform Policy
I am Denise Martinez, a 10th grader currently attending San Ysidro High School. Next year, SYHS will be changing it's uniform policy to a very strict dress-code. I, for one, am very upset with the uniform for next year. It will consist of a white collar shirt, black/blue/khaki bottom, solid colour covers such as sweters, sweatshirts, hoodies, cardiagans, etc. all of which cannot be torn or ill-fitting. It may seem like a reasonable uniform, but I feel that our school should not have a uniform at all. Our dress code should consist of that the other high schools in our district do: any sort of wear as long as it is not torn, offensive or too revealing. The change in uniform our school chooses to make is greatly flawed. 1. It gives students restriction in their perseonal attire. 2. It will cost quite a lot to buy the clothes that meet the uniform policy. 3. Many students will not follow this uniform policy. I'm aware that the adult-world comes with many rules, one of which is a dress code, be it in a public area or work environment, but even those uniforms are not so strict. Most people are very much aware that adolesance is a time to find ones-self and project it through selfexpression. What better way to do that than with our clothes? But the uniform would enforce a state conformity and deny students their chance to be unique, which would utterly result in unhappiness. I am one of many students with parents that do not make a great amount of money, and the cost of buying an entirely new wardrobe for next year is out of the question. On top of buying paper, pencils, pens, and any other neccisary school supplies, many students will simply be unable to afford new clothes. I have heard many kids on campus say that they will not follow the new uniform policy, and would much rather sit through detention or receive a suspension. Is this really something that will benefit the school? Even now we see a handful of students being sentenced to lunch detention and receiving scolding for their inability to meet school requirements. I have always attended school in uniform and feel greatly insulted that despite it, I am still to submit to the new uniform policy of next year. I feel as though I am being punished even though I did follow the rules. I hope that next year and all the years proceeding we can have San Ysidro High School uniform removed and replaced by a new, reasonable dress-code.