As in-person learning is required in Fort Bend ISD, students are returning for their first non-virtual semester since the strike of COVID-19. Protocols and policies have been defined and re-established in the community. The prominent policy of the dress code has led the students to examine the traditional application. In previous years, Austin High School rarely focused on the clothing of its students. "When I went to Austin, the dress code tended to be more lenient, and people didn't care as much," Sophia Villarreal, a graduate of Austin High School, said. "Most enforcement was around hats and short shorts but now it has become even more severe.” With new guidelines and stricter rules, the dress code policy has students questioning why their body is such a distraction.
Maha Razzaq: “Why are our clothes distracting to others? It’s a pretty ignorant statement (the dress code policy), as they are blaming the victim for their actions instead of the perpetrator."
Khue Nguyen: “I was extremely cautious and worried about my first-day outfit, which was just a crop top and white jeans. This put me into a negative state for the whole first day of school, for not being able to express myself, and my creativity, as well as my liking. It sometimes makes me struggle mentally and emotionally.”
As the school year unfolds, students must deciding individually whether the policy of the dress code generates an immoral mindset on bodies and personal creativity, or if the policy is simply a guideline that does not require an in-depth reflection.