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    By Julianne

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    I have always felt that if my clothing was in good taste, clean and conservative it was appropriate and professional. That means I occasionally wear shorts (not too short) and jeans (the clean, intact ones rather than the ratty, stained ones I wear around the house). Generally, I wear docker type pants and knit shirts. I always wear what some people would consider running shoes because my feet need the support. In your situation is your principal the last word? Are you protected by a contract? Is any type of dress code spelled out? Our school functions using site based management. This means that any formal dress code would have to be approved by the faculty. I know this doesn't help you much, but I would certainly work with your faculty on this. If you feel your teaching is compromised by what you are required to wear, then it deserves a second look, no matter what your principal says.

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