Toronto schools are revising their dress codes for the first time in a decade
In September, students in Toronto will be allowed to wear hats, hoods, crop-tops and spaghetti straps to school.
The new Toronto District School Board policy says students can now expose their "shoulders, stomachs, midriffs, necklines, cleavage, legs, thighs, and hips."
Tank tops and Bart Simpson shirts weren’t allowed at my middle school when I was a teen. (Dating myself here.) The new TDSB dress code sounds pretty reasonable. @metromorning— Kids in T.O. (@reneeinTO) June 4, 2019
This is the first time the TDSB has changed its dress code policy in almost a decade.
Very excited to see the @TDSB putting forward such a forward-looking and progressive new dress code policy at tonight’s Policy & Governance committee.— Amin Ali (@AminSSW) April 24, 2019
It centres LGBT identities, diverse etho-cultural clothing & other critical equity perspectives #OntEdhttps://t.co/mHLBuk3Orb pic.twitter.com/JW2pj7OUdK
The goal of this new dress code, which was approved on May 22, is to ensure a standard of equity and inclusivity across all schools in the city.
The TDSB retracted their previous, more regimented dress code and acknowledged that some students, including "female, racialized, gender-diverse, socio-economically marginalized and Indigenous students" were being negatively impacted by the restrictions.
There are still some limitations, however.
Students wearing hoodies or hats cannot cover their faces. Any clothing with vulgar language or imagery is still prohibited and "opaque material" must cover students' "groin, buttocks and nipples."
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