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St. Augustine High School has a strict dress code that could be seen as unreasonable and sexist. The code states that WOMEN may not wear anything that is 4 inches above the knee, tops that have a strap thickness of less than 3 fingers, leggings without a shirt covering their bottom, or pajamas. However the MEN dress code has little to none restrictions. I've seen men wearing shorts such as Chubbies that have about a 5.5 inseam which is much shorter than 4 inches above the knee. In fact, this makes a lot of women forced to wear jeans or long pants to school. Which, in Florida, could result in overheating of students if they are doing an activity outside. St. Augustine High has done nothing about men breaking dress code but are the first ones to respond as soon as any woman is close to breaking it.

The discipline for breaking dress code brings me to my next point. The reasonable way of punishment is something along the line of calling parents, making them cover up with something "more appropriate", or having them change into gym clothes. The deans at this high school go straight to the threat of sending the student to In-School Suspension (ISS) which goes on their permanent record. Would you want yourself or your child to have an ISS on their record for an exposed shoulder? Or a tiny bit of thigh showing.

I would like for the dress code to not be completely removed but made more lenient. I would like the staff to pay more attention to the males breaking dress code and loosen up on the females codes. For example, letting us wear thinner straps or going to the finger tip rule instead of the 4 inch rule. It's understandable that women may not wear short shorts to school, but please make it so they aren't sweating and being miserable because they are in fear of their own faculty members.

Thank you

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