Thought Process: A School Official’s View of the Dress Code

Thought Process: A School Official’s View of the Dress Code

Evelyn Rosales

Joanna Castillo is a Geometry teacher at Hamilton High School. Mrs. Castillo has been a teacher at Hamilton for four years and has taught for a total of 10. When asked if the dress code is enforced enough, Castillo replied, “Yes and no. I think staff tries to do what they can to enforce it, but it’s difficult with so many students. There are times where it can be enforced though because the dress code violation is easily seen.” 

Castillo also believes the dress code affects learning in a negative way, “If students do get a dress code violation they go to class upset and sometimes make a big deal out of it in class.” Castillo was also questioned on the topic of school uniforms and answered, “Uniforms are okay. It would be easier to enforce a dress code, but again it would have to be strictly enforced in order to reduce future dress code violations. At the same time, as a teacher you may not get to see what each student is like and it is harder to find connections.”