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April 10, 2014

Pinkerton will maintain current dress code

Proposal proved controversial with many parents and students

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy will not adopt a unified dress code.

A letter went out to parents Friday, saying the high school would not be seeking a new unified dress code and would maintain its current wardrobe rules.

“After a thorough examination of all the information, the administration, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, has elected to maintain our current dress code rather than implement a unified dress code,” Dean of Students Glenn Ahrens wrote. “We believe our current dress code, though not perfect, meets the needs of our families and students and creates an atmosphere where students can learn effectively.”

The idea of a unified code came up last year when administrators proposed changes where students would choose from a selection of clothes from a specified vendor.

Headmaster Mary Anderson said then that too many students were wearing inappropriate clothing. There were several meetings and presentations with parents last fall prior to the recent decision.

Anderson said at that time 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 right now 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.

Parents reacted to the decision, many favorably.

“I was thrilled to get the email, as was my daughter,” Stephanie Tsepas wrote on the Derry News Facebook page. “But I have a feeling this battle isn’t over.”

Other parents said they, too, believe the subject of a unified wardrobe may come up in the future.

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