Vermont high school draws the line at pajamas, slippers

Associated Press / July 27, 2011

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BENNINGTON, Vt. - A Vermont high school has revised its dress code to prohibit pajamas and slippers.

David Beriau, associate principal at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, said too many students were arriving at school wearing night clothes.

“It’s a safety hazard, certainly with slippers, and it also says something to the work ethic,’’ Beriau said. “Like anything else, if you get yourself into a mental state about something, you’re going to be more prepared to work, and if you come to school in pajamas, you’re prepared for something else.’’

The high school’s newly revised dress code also bans “clothing that is excessively tight so as to be provocative.’’

Beriau told the Bennington Banner that it may be difficult to determine the line where clothing crosses into being provocative, but officials want to make sure underwear isn’t showing and students are dressed in a way they would show up for work.

“We’re dealing with trying to reinforce civility, if not initiate it, so we want the clothing to be a statement that these are kids coming to school with respect to each other, themselves, and the school, and set a tone that is going to be conducive to learning,’’ he said.

Another new addition to the dress code is a prohibition on bandanas and colors that “could be associated with either a criminal enterprise or gang affiliation.’’