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Dunneback Warns of Possible Changes to Dress Code

Freshmen Emily Bulvan and Molly Stipanov show an example of a rolled skirt

Principal Dunneback is speaking out to MHS Media about potential changes to the uniform policy because of some issues cropping up recently. 

First of all, the lengths of the skirts are becoming a problem to Dunneback.

“The rolling of the skirt has become almost, I don’t want to say obscene, but there are some instances where you can like see parts of your body you shouldn’t be seeing at school, like you’re coming here to learn,” she says.

If things do not improve, she’s considering going to all pants next year. 

“It’s not me making you wear the pants, it’s actually you,” says Dunneback. “Like if you guys keep rolling the skirts that’s what’s going to happen.”

Another sore subject is pajama pants being worn under the skirts.

“But for the winter, girls are allowed to wear a black legging underneath their skirt, but those pajama pants are not allowed, but if we’re wearing pants, those pajama pants would just go away. Wouldn’t even be a problem,” she says.

She also wants students to wear their correct size when it comes to sweatshirts.

“The sweatshirts are great but when you buy them you usually don’t buy your regular size, you’re buying them one size up, sometimes two sizes up, and now the sweatshirts are so big,” says Dunneback.

Dunneback may set a rule that students will not be allowed to even wear sweatshirts next school year.

“If you keep buying the oversized sweatshirts and wearing them big and loose, we’re not going to allow sweatshirts at all anymore, so that’s what’s going to happen,” she says.

When it comes to shoes, the administration this year relaxed a prior requirement for students to wear Dr. Martins or Sperrys.

“I even think we let people wear sneakers this year, because sneakers are sometimes a bit more affordable so we’ll give into a solid color,” says Dunneback. “But moccasins and slippers are not allowed. How many people do you see now pushing it with those?”

Dunneback says students have a lot of control over these possible dress code changes and it’s up to them to fix this.

“They’re kids, and they’re going to push the limits,” Dunneback says. “I think this is one that they have control over, just like the running in the hallways and honestly I think they have to say like, ‘let’s take it back.’”

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My name is Emily Bulvan, I am a freshman at Marist. I run cross country and I am going to do track. Outside of school I love hanging out with my friends, napping, and shopping.

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