School Dress Code—For Parents!

A Houston high school announced earlier this month that parents would need to conform to a dress code to be permitted to enter the school, a policy that has drawn media attention and scrutiny. The April 9 letter announcing the policy is linked on James Madison High School’s homepage. It lists an array of clothing that parents are not permitted to wear inside the school or at school events, including:


·        “A satin cap or bonnet on their head”

·        Hair rollers

·        “Pajamas of any kind”

·        “Leggings that are showing your bottom and where your body is not covered from the front or the back”

·        “Sagging pants”

·        “Men wearing undershirts”

·        Daisy Dukes


The school—which has a dress code for its students as well—enacted the parental dress code to help create a “professional educational environment,” Carlotta Outley Brown, the school’s principal, wrote in the letter. “We have to have standards, most of all we must have high standards. We are preparing your child for a prosperous future,” the letter says.