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Women's Leggings, Yoga Pants Are Tight Fight for Dress Codes

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 08:22 AM

Women's leggings and yoga pants continue to make headlines as high schools across the nation debate whether they're appropriate for an academic setting.

According to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, schools in Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and North Dakota have all instituted outright prohibitions.

Others, like Niles High School in Michigan, have recently decided leggings and yoga pants are ok, as long as there's another layer of clothing placed over the tight-fitting bottoms – coming to a sort of compromise with their students.

One school district that's recently revisited the question is Laramie County School District 2, which has long stipulated that yoga pants be worn under something else.

"We haven't banned the wearing of those, but we've always required that they be covered up – a longer shirt or blouse, something that covers the body," Burns Junior and Senior High Principal Jerry Becking told the Tribune Eagle.

Over in Laramie County School District 1, Cheyenne's Carey Junior High Principal Derek Nissen explained that as an administrator, his job is to minimize clothing that's disruptive or distracting to the learning environment in the classroom. After a recent re-evaluation of the dress code that gathered feedback from students and their parents, leggings, yoga pants, and even tight-fitting jeans were deemed somewhat distracting, but ultimately proved to be low priorities when compared to short skirts, short shorts, and low-cut shirts on young women, as well as sagging pants and profane t-shirts on young men.

One thing the school has banned completely is bandanas, as they pose one of the clearest threats to the safety of the schools' students.

"There were some things they wanted that I wasn't willing to give in on," he said. "The kids really wanted to wear colored bandanas, and a lot of time that is gangs, so we don't allow bandanas."

Compared to the myriad ways students can try the patience of fellow students and teachers, leggings are emerging as a mostly non-combustible issue.

"With something like yoga pants, schools are getting into a debate over about how tight is too tight," said Cheyenne's Central High Principal Steve Newton. "I imagine that it's going to be far more difficult to enforce."

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