School Dress Policy Stirs Controversy

Posted at 7:38 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 13:26:10-04

Educators at Nashville's Tom Joy Elementary School released an amendment to their dress policy, but it seemed to upset parents and community members.

Tom Joy students are always expected to wear a uniform of a solid, collared shirt paired with navy, black or khaki shorts, pants, capris, skirts or skorts.

However, on some Wednesdays out of the year a more professional uniform is required. 

Boys must wear a white or blue dress shirt with a necktie or bow tie of any color with navy, black, or khaki pants. Girls must wear a dress of any color or a white shirt with a skirt or jumper.

The school posted the amendment to its Facebook page, informing parents. Yet, very few people were happy with the fact that girls would not be allowed to wear pants on "Dress for Success" days, and they clearly voiced their opinions. 

Friday morning, officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools released the following statement:

"The principal reports that flyer is being updated and they do not plan to do the Dress for Success Day.  The initial flyer was written with the intent to appeal to the enthusiasm they have seen in their female students for wearing dresses (they mostly wear pants) but was never intended to be a statement against girls wearing pants. Once the flyer is revised, it will be reposted to the school’s website."