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October 17, 2013

Pinkerton mulls strict dress code

Idea isn't popular with many kids or parents

DERRY — The students at Pinkerton Academy could have a totally new look next year.

Pinkerton administrators are considering a unified dress code for students next year. The policy comes after Headmaster Mary Anderson said too many students are wearing inappropriate clothing.

“Kids need to be dressed like they are going to school, not as if they are going to the beach,” Anderson said Friday.

She has proposed an option where students would choose from a selection of clothes from a specified vendor. The clothes would be red and white, with the Pinkerton logo embroidered on the shirts.

Anderson said she didn't know how often students have violated the current dress code, but she said it was too often.

“The amount of time that our staff spends addressing dress code issues is ridiculous,” she said. “Especially for our male staff, I don’t like putting them in that position.”

The Pinkerton dress code prohibits tank tops, dresses with spaghetti straps or any tops that have shoulder straps of less than two inches. Shorts and skirts can be no higher than knee length.

“Too much skin is being shown,” Anderson said.

The proposal has caused a stir in the Pinkerton community, with parents and students having a wide range of opinions.

There was a meeting for parents Sept. 26 and students modeled some potential options.

“It’s like Pinkerton Academy meets 'Sound of Music,'” said Beth Doherty, who has a sophomore at Pinkerton and two more children in lower grade levels. “We were told this would be a unified dress code. What was presented to us was a uniform.”

One vendor which is being considered is Lands’ End. Options including polo shirts, khakis and sweaters are available and specific Pinkerton options can be browsed on the company's website.

“I just don’t get why we would have to go through Lands’ End,” said Rose Noetzel, who has a daughter who will be entering Pinkerton next year. “The cost is insane.”

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