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School District Bans Students From Wearing Pajamas During Online Classes

The regular dress code will be enforced for distant learning, the same as with in-person learning.

Distance learning is new to many families but the coronavirus has made it a reality in those households. If you are looking at signing up for an online classroom alternative this year, there are some benefits attached to it. Not only will you be spending less on school supplies and clothing, but you also don’t have to rush in the morning to get your kids ready to get on the bus.

Although clothing may not be as expensive, going to class in pajamas is not going to be permitted in Springfield.

The student handbook for the Springfield School District in Springfield, Illinois says that the dress code is also for those who are taking online classes. According to the code, “school-appropriate clothing” is mandatory and pajama pants are not allowed.

Some parents are agreeing with the school district and said that it brings along some responsibility and respect. Others are not as happy about the fact that their children can’t wear pajamas, saying that is going to add more stress during an already stressful time.

“I don’t think they have any right to say what happens in my house,” Springfield parent Elizabeth Ballinger told WCIA. “I think they have enough to worry about as opposed to what the kids are wearing.”

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Other schools are looking at the possibility of implementing similar rules. That includes Leander Independent School District in Leander, Texas. According to the dress code that they posted online, no pajamas, sleepwear, or house slippers of any kind are permitted.

According to KVUE, a spokesman for the district had the following to say: “We will follow the same dress code as in-person learning.” However, that person also noted, “Our new dress code is still in development and will be presented to the board on Aug. 20 for approval.”

The pandemic has brought about many different challenges and many educators are not considering clothing to be a priority.

“The most important thing is that our students are engaged and looking forward to learning.” Leander ISD said in a recent Facebook post. “We strive to always provide our students with clear guidance in dressing for school in a way that is appropriate, comfortable, and allows them to learn.”

Springfield school officials gave a recent statement to WCIA and said that their policy is set but there is also some flexibility.

According to a statement, they don’t want to be punitive or say with a certainty what students are wearing at home while they are learning remotely. They realize that it is a period of uncertainty for families and staff, so if a concern arises in regards to the dress code, it will be addressed individually and not as a group.