WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Students at Hoggard High School will be dressed a little differently Tuesday for the first day of school. The administration has lifted their knee-length requirement after student leaders proposed a new dress code.
During the 2013-14 school year, shorts and skirts were required to be knee-length, but student council president Ashley Frye said those requirements were difficult and uncomfortable for students to abide by.
"It was just so uncomfortable sitting in class in jeans in 90 degree weather," Frye said.
Frye and other members of the student council met with Principal Steve Sullivan to discuss changing the requirements that she said were distracting.
"[The changes] were very reasonable," Sullivan said. "They weren't asking anything we couldn't do. It still kept the effect of keeping a safe and healthy environment."
The student council asked to adopt the New Hanover County Public Education dress code that states, "short dresses, short skirts, or short shorts will not be allowed."
However, the NHC dress code leaves room for subjectivity since no measurable length requirement is listed.
"There will be a few issues in the beginning while we all come up with what is appropriate and inappropriate," Sullivan said. "I do think in the long run, it will be much more beneficial to the students, teachers and instructional time they'll be getting in class."
Students will now be able to wear the popular running shorts, if they are deemed an "appropriate length" by the administration, and "three-finger width" shirts and dresses.
"I don't think running shorts are inappropriate for school at all," Frye said.
Principal Sullivan hopes that by shortening the dress code, they will also shorten the class time wasted on dress violations.