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Do teachers have a dress code?

Original post made by a parent on Nov 18, 2013

School teacher dressing inappropriately. Should teachers have a dress code? She wears very low cut garments and extremely,extremely low miniskirts suitable for parties. She teaches higher grade elementary, and our child is in her class, fortunately she is of two teachers and is part-time. Her dress choice is very questionable and sometimes makes people around her very uncomfortable with the choice of her attire. Is there a teacher dress code?

Comments (10)

Posted by Dave, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Are there more fathers in the class, expressing interest in their own kids, as they drop off their kids, when she is teaching? Are there more male volunteers to drive the kids on field trips, when she is leading the trip? If the answer is yes to both, then you probably have a point! However, it is important to get fathers involved in our kids education, so maybe a little honey trap is not such a bad thing!


Posted by Paly Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

It works both ways. I once had a meeting with a young, male high school teacher. His cargo pants had more pockets, zippers and stuff hanging from things attached to his belt, a collared shirt that definitely needed ironing and perhaps some sewing, plus shoes that were in need of replacing and he definitely needed a shave and his hair needed a comb. I felt that I should have been telling him how to behave professionally with a parent rather than him telling me about my child's low classroom performance.

Professional appearance by all PAUSD teachers is definitely something that should concern us. If our kids are not being taught by teachers who look and act professional, how can they be expected to know what is appropriate professional dress sense when they eventually get jobs.

I know this is Silicon Valley and dress codes are not what they used to be, but our schools do not need to be Slovenly Valley, or any word you choose starting with S for the teacher described in the original post.


Posted by parent, a resident of Juana Briones School
on Nov 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Aside from the above, our schools are diverse and multi-cultural, with people from all over the world. Among other things, it's highly culturally insensitive for the teacher to dress so provocatively.


Posted by Anthropologist, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I am surprised that no Muslim, Hindu, or other religious parents have not complained about this teacher's attire. Also surprised that the principal has not pulled her aside to lecture her about proper clothing for her profession. Or are people afraid to say anything.


Posted by Dave, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

"it's highly culturally insensitive for the teacher to dress so provocatively. "

Should she wear a burka? If she shows any ankle, or any face, would that be too much, too?

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Posted by Attractive Mama, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I don't think they'd dress that way in middle and high schools, lest the girls laugh at them. I'm more concerned that the teaching and caring is there. Just let your children know it's not appropriate attire.

Some people feel more confident when they feel good about how they look and it affects their personality positively. Maybe if she had to wear "more" clothes, she would feel dumpy and down and wouldn't be at her best for the children. When I don't wear makeup and leave the house in sweats and a "practical" jacket, I sure want to blend into the crowd but when I dress up and look nice, I feel happy and bring cheer to other people, and other people treat me better. No one likes to admit it, but human beings are shallow. I wish Palo Altans would dress up more.


Posted by sara, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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Posted by Anon, a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Dave's first comment should be ignored, thank you everyone for doing so.

His second comment, though provocatively phrased actually makes a good point. We can't dress to accommodate everyone. And for the most part we cannot affect how those around us dress. I think we should use our energy on educating our children to have respect and appreciation for the diversity in our culture. Diversity is more than just skin color and economic status - it includes among many other things the way people dress.


Posted by Fantasy, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I think the claims by Sara and parent are fantasies. Which schools does this occur at? Who are the teachers?
Pure fiction to stir the pot, IMHO


Posted by Getting a bit old, a resident of Juana Briones School
on Nov 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Where does this occur? Probably at all schools. My pet peeve is bra straps. Our mothers taught us long ago that we should wear underwear, well, under what we wear. Plastic bra straps are an embarrassment, but maybe that's the style nowadays.


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