School Dress Codes

When it comes to a dress code, Meridian High principal R.D. Harris says the hardest part is enforcement.

"You want it simple enough and easy enough that it doesn't take a lot of teachers time."

Although it does not contain a clause requiring students to tuck in shirts like in Jackson, Harris says Meridian High's dress code is somewhat simple, yet very affective.

He says one of the most frequent violations that his district faces is pants that sag too low. For example, at Meridian High when a student's pants are a few sizes too big and sagging, the student is sent to the principal's office where a piece of rope is cut and tied in the belt loops around the waist. However, that's not all. Here's another way Principal Harris handles sagging pants.

"If they don't have a belt. We'll use a small lock, like for a locker, and use it to connect the belt loops and lock it. Then in the afternoon they come by here and we unlock it and the next day they'll bring a belt," says Harris.

All in all, Harris says dress codes, within reason, are not only affective but also needed.

"You need kids to wear things that are decent and not anything that will distract from learning. Because we know that schools are microcosms and they represent the world but there are some things that happen out in the world that we don't need to bring in the school building."