The times are changing - for the first time in nearly a decade, the Toronto District School Board is updating its dress code. The TDSB new dress code will be reducing the restriction on its student's dress code. According to CBC, the policy, which was passed last month, will come into effect in September 2019. The new code allows students within the TDSB to wear hoodies, spaghetti straps, hats, and crop-tops.
According to TDSB’s website, the new policy aims to celebrate the principles of anti-oppression, anti-racism, non-discrimination, and inclusive education. The changes to the dress code is a bit of a surprising move by the school board. In the past, changes to the dress code typically involved new rules being enforced not removed. However, the board is now aiming to promote a more accepting atmosphere with a less restrictive dress code.
"Historically, school dress codes have been written and enforced in ways that disproportionately and negatively impact certain segments of the student population, including female, racialized, gender-diverse, socio-economically marginalized and Indigenous students," the board stated, according to CBC.
The decision to change the dress code wasn’t made at the flip of a switch. A year’s worth of consultations involving parents, students, teachers, and education workers was taken into consideration, explained the president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation to CBC.
However, the new dress code does come with restrictions. Students are still forbidden from wearing clothing that features vulgar images or language or anything that might be considered offensive. No references to hate, pornography, profanity, drugs, or alcohol can be visible on anything that a student wears.
And while the new rule does allow female students to expose their midriffs, cleavage, and thighs, “opaque material” must cover up their groin, buttock and nipple areas, CBC reports.