Pull the other leg! Parents’ fury as school bans students from wearing track pants to class

Pull the other leg! Parents’ fury as school bans students from wearing track pants to class

Parents and students are outraged after a school introduced a new dress code policy banning track pants and active wear. 

Willunga High, in , recently released the new dress code, blacklisting shorts, cargo pants, jeans, tights and thongs in favour of polo shirts and dress pants.

Students and their parents took to social media to slam the changes. A few have filed official complaints to the South Australian Education Department.

Parents also spoke out against a new rule that requires students who are not in uniform to be confined to a ‘non-uniform‘ area of the school,  reported. 

Students and parents claim the school did not correctly consult with them before making the changes.

A newsletter was sent out last week stating parachute pants were acceptable, only to be reversed the following week.

Parents claim they were supplied with a list of approved sellers only to receive a second one with cheaper options soon after.

One father who posted on social media claimed he was told to purchase a specific pair of pants worth $35 before being informed there were cheaper alternatives.

‘For a low income earner who is forced to live day by day it is a great deal of money. I also sent an email to the school regarding this matter to have it fall on deaf ears and have no reply,‘ he wrote. 

Students have used social media to speak out against the policy change saying they believe it is discrimination.

‘I’m not an intruder and I don’t look like one no matter what the teachers say, the school is demonstrating discrimination by segregating kids not in uniform even if they have a note,‘ the student wrote. 

Willunga principal Anthony van Ruiten released an official said the school had consulted with the governing body before introducing the new dress code.

He says a school letter was sent to all families, including parents of incoming students, late last year.

‘This has animated some in the school community and I’m always open to discussing any issues directly with parents and students to explain the thinking behind the uniform policy and the process we went through,‘ he said. 

A Facebook post made by the school outlined the reasoning behind the change of uniform policy.

Willunga High School’s uniform policy has been developed in consultation with Governing Council, parents, students and staff,‘ the post read.

‘Wearing correct uniform is important as it fosters a sense of pride and responsibility in belonging to our school.‘

The Education Department is currently reviewing the process the school went through in consulting parents to pinpoint if it adhered to official protocol. 

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