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During the school year last year many things were different because of Covid. One thing that was unique was that we could wear anything we wanted, of course as long as it was appropriate. Was this the case at your school, and do you think it will be difficult getting teachers to “dress up” again? Curious?

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I’ve been teaching in the same school for 8 years and been part of the decision- making team in our school site. The dress code has never been mentioned in our meetings. I guess it is not a concern. Except that we are encouraged to wear our school colors: T-shirts or sweatshirts bearing out school name and mascot on Fridays. PE teachers wear shorts most of the time. Any day, the Kindergarten teachers wear leggings paired with long tops or cardigans and workout shoes or flat dressy shoes, or up to 2-inch-heels. The staff members wear comfortable decent looking clothes— suit ensembles with neckties, sports coats, flats or high-heels, dresses, city shorts, trousers or jeans, Sari, burka, or business dresses with jackets. No spoken or written rules for teachers.

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I have been teaching for a LONG time, and I have never seen any evidence that kids behave better or more respectfully or learn better based on what any of us are wearing. We all dress presentably; some dress high-end professionally. At the end of the day, we have all accomplished the same, but my feet have not been destroyed by uncomfortable shoes without proper arch support that push my toes into forming bunions. On Fridays we have dress-down day as a district fundraiser, and we do not experience any issues on Friday that we do not have any other day of the week. If dressing formally makes you feel better about yourself, that is exactly what you should do. But do not try to play the student-performance/respect card as a reason why we should all do as you. Considering everything we and our students have endured for the past 18 months, what we are wearing should be at the very bottom of the barrel.

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I am sorry to say this, but I always dress in a professional manner. Tbh, I rarely if ever, hear of other professionals (Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, etc.,) addressing their dress code and want to come to the job in shorts and sneakers, I believe, if we want to be treated and respected as professionals, which includes, better salaries, we must treat our jobs as professions. Only teacher that should be wearing sneakers and sport apparels, should be the PE teachers… As a science teacher, I will sometime wear a lab coat 🥼 over my clothes for protection. I always wear flats 🥿 or 2 inch shoes for comfort.

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I’m in special Ed. I get body fluids on my clothes. I need to be able to wash my clothes often. I do restraints. I get glue, marker, paint, and a variety of other substances on my clothes. I have to run after kids. I’ve been known to go out the window after a kid. Sneakers, jeans, and plain or patterned (not graphics, tshirts is my uniform.

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It’s all about the footwear . A variety of trendy sneakers are a good investment for a teacher’s wardrobe. I have 30 new sneakers I rotate .

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Hahaha… my hubby has 2 pairs of dress shoes, brown & black, sneakers, and 2 work boots… one that are his gross working pair and one for just wearing! We are both artists however he’s more of a neutral color kind of wardrobe guy, where I have many colors w/shoes& boots to match!!! Open my closet looks like a consignment shop… open his closet and it looks more like mens warehouse only with jeans hanging as well!!! 🤣🤣

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We have always had a lot of freedom to wear what we want. I dress pretty professionally, but many collegues wear shorts and a polo or jeans with a nicer shirt. I did enjoy being able to wear workout/pajama bottoms when we were remote though.

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I don't understand why my administration says "no shorts," but allows female teachers to wear inappropriately short skirts. What's the difference? I can't wear Bermuda shorts almost to my knees, but others can show it all walking up the stairs in a mini-skirt?

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We are asked to dress professionally. What that looks like varies much. I teach in the special Ed department and stopped wearing shoes I couldn’t run in many years ago when I had a student chasing another student to choke him. I dress nicely but have to have on clothes that I can handle difficult situations so rarely dresses or skirts. We are given grace for our job descriptions; PE teachers can wear more “sports” related clothes. We have had admin who have tried to write teachers up for writing workout clothes but it doesn’t usually get much traction I do wish that someone would enforce the no backward hats and that includes for adults!

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You mean hijab right? Burkas cover the face.

A comfortable teacher is more likely to be in the mix with the kids either on the floor or in the activity. I wish all of the administrators could focus their energy on things that mattered.

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I miss wearing nice clothes and making myself look put together. Last year I was virtual and I literally wore pajama pants and a hoodie every day and I just felt down all the time.

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Dressing up is among the most overrated and irrelevant things that a teacher can do to impress anyone. I think that teachers should wear clothes that make sense. If a school has air conditioning and it is 90 degrees in your classroom then it doesn’t make sense to dress up. Shorts and a short sleeve shirt are in order. Sneakers should be standard across the board, particularly if we are walking on concrete. If you use dry erase boards, I suggest you wear black. Beyond that everything is just window dressing. I have a uniform of wearing tan cargo pants, a black short sleeve polo and walking sneakers. I have many 7+ sets of the same wardrobe and I wear it every single day 182 days a year.

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We wore basically anything that was appropriate-no one dressed up.

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Nobody is dressed up for in person because we don’t want germs on our good clothes.

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In my district, we can wear whatever we want all the time. Only stipulations are no holes and t shirts are Fridays only. Jeans everyday if we want to. I wear tennis shoes everyday regardless because I have foot and ankle issues and must have the support.

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This is our 5th year with this. A few wear jeans daily, most wear them whenever they feel like it. We are so much more comfortable wearing what we like. We have seen no difference on interaction with students, or parents for that matter. It has been a really thing for teacher comfort.

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I wear whatever I want for work even before covid. I make sure my chest and my butt is covered. I don't wear anything that's too tight or too short. Those are my rules that I follow.

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I don’t take issue with what teachers wear unless it is inappropriate as stated in the school expectations. For example, if the school student expectations call for closed toe and heel shoes for safety, it bothers me to no end to see teachers wear flip flops or other such shoes. The same for any attire expectations that’s our children are asked to follow. I know that my statement will rub some people the wrong way, but I really feel we need to set the example.

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This is and will always be a touchy subject because the standards vary depending on the opinions and sometimes insecurities of others. I have seen women dress "well" and some in matching tops and bottoms with appropriate shoes covering their toes, but the second an Admin is caught "noticing" the fitted pockets of that well dressed professional there is an issue among some. Women should be able to wear whatever they can "fit" as long as under garments are not visible nor the fact that that they opt not to wear them is apparent. Men rarely have these issues. We need to be more supportive and refocus our attention on teaching the children we are called to serve. If a teacher can "effectively" teach a subject or concept in pj's and slippers...let them, if flexible clothing allows a teacher "pre-covid" to sit on the floor with a small group of struggling learners...let it go. Attire should not be a privilege of the highest bidder. Some schools allow flexibility to those who pay dues, give donations support, support the PTA etc., and then require staff to wear a tag that says they paid for the privilege. C'mon...let's get back to the basics. How can we work together to build relationships, confidence and academic growth. Ijs...

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We wore jeans and nice shirts last year, it was nice. We have a new principal and he said we can do it in moderation Thai year

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It will be difficult depending on the standard or if admin are more focused on appearance than quality of instruction. Teachers like to be cute, but comfort is most important. Nothing wrong with cute slacks and a school appropriate t-shirt if that is what is desired.

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Good question. I wore and will continue to wear nice clothes. We have had different spirit days, requiring school tshirts. I hope we continue to have spirit days. I also think it is important NOT to dress like the students.

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That's all I wear since the pandemic hit. Scrubs, Vans & Turbans

We have a casual business dress code. I am a sped teacher and need to wear clothes and shoes that I can run in. I wear Brooks running shoes, Columbia pants (so comfy and my favorite) and a nice shirt with a sweater. The Columbia pants are way more comfy than jeans so I wear them on Friday instead of jeans. Friday is the only dat we can wear jeans and a t-shirt.

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We have no dress code. I wear cargo shorts and a T-shirt most days when it’s warm and jeans and a hoodie when it’s cold. My clothes are clean and nice, but very casual. I do not present myself as an authority figure to my students, more as an equal with experience and wisdom to share along with critical thinking skills. I think how a teacher dresses has little to no impact on a student’s education.

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When we came back it was professional dress. I wear athletic foot wear because of the amount of walking, standing, and activity i do. You feet need the support.

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So last year we could wear anything also including yoga pants. We were also allowed to wear jeans every day if we wanted and t-shirts. This year, jeans are still okay every day but with a nice shirt-no t-shirts. On Fridays t-shirts with the school logo are okay. We never got to wear jeans on a daily basis before Covid and had to pay on special jeans days to wear them (fundraisers for different t things). I think this will be the new norm- jeans from here forward. After wearing t-shirts, jeans and yoga pants/leggings to school for a year and a half, I went shopping for new clothes!

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Yes, I agree with you about dressing like we did last year will be the new norm.

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