Wake County Dress Code Updates

By: Hailey Costar

The time has come, the era is ending, pajamas are now being considered “out of dress code” for Wake County students beginning Monday April 4th, 2022. 

As the world is recovering from the Covid-19 Pandemic, schools are opening up and getting back to what can be considered “normal”. Virtual learning is becoming a thing of the past, and everyone will be returning to classrooms full time for the 2022-2023 school year. The last few years have been more relaxed, but it is time for education to become our top priority.

It has been evident that since lifting the mask mandate, students are becoming more social and active during class. Research shows that wearing a mask in classrooms limits the social development of students- creating a more private and conserved environment. Since lifting the mandate, students and teachers feel more “free” and have more confidence socializing with their peers, and participating in class activities and discussions. With that being said, what is the next step for Wake County going forward with a 2022 refresh?

Members of the school board met on Thursday March 31, 2022 at 8:00pm to discuss what the next steps were for the county. Students have been improving their grades and test scores since returning back to school in-person, but there is still somewhat of a disconnect. With being stuck at home for a year, students have become very comfortable with ideas of leisurely life. Because of this, Wake County school board members decided that starting Monday April 4, 2022, pajamas would be against the school dress code. Creating a more professional learning environment will hopefully fill the final box of a “normal school experience” post Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Will the new rule of “no pajamas” work for students? Chances are, they won’t be as tempted to fall asleep in class due to the lack of nightly wear. If this new rule shows improvements will Wake County play with the idea of mandatory school uniforms? In an article posted exactly a year ago, it was expressed that wearing a school uniform reduced tarries, missing classes, acting out, and disengagement in the classroom(https://www.publicschoolreview.com/blog/uniforms-the-pros-and-cons). 

Luckily for me, I’m a high school senior… There is no way that my thousands of dollars University will require a uniform or extend a dress code. The new pajama rule doesn’t apply to me, I just write the articles. As for everyone else, I do wonder how this new rule will apply to the students? Will Wake County require school uniforms in the future? As we learned from the Pandemic… the world will never know.

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