So this week, teachers who are employed by the NSW DEC, received a rather interesting email.
A new dress code comes into play at the start of term 2.
This is not me… Source.
In short, we have an obligation to do the following:
- maintain respect
- establish credibility
- uphold the reputation of the Department
I DO THIS EVERY SINGLE DAY.
The dress code goes on to say that we must be clean and tidy. We must also wear professional attire at any formal engagements such as meetings with parents and at assemblies etc.
I KNOW THIS. I DO THIS EVERY OTHER DAY…
This is the part that’s annoyed me…
“Employees must not wear revealing clothes such as those exposing bare midriffs, strapless tops or dresses, or clothes that may be construed as suggestive and/or offensive.
Employees must not wear inappropriate clothes such as singlets, t-shirts, tracksuits or rubber thongs (except for sport and organised physical activities), ripped or dirty clothes, or clothes with inappropriate slogans (e.g. advertising for tobacco and alcohol).”
Oh, and men must wear collared shirts.
Good people of the world, I haven’t exposed my midriff since the mid-nineties, believe me. But I do wear singlet tops and t-shirts to work and I make no attempt to be revealing or inappropriate.
My general school style is a nice cotton t-shirt and a pair of pants. Sometimes a skirt with a sleeveless tank top. At times, a singlet top (never spaghetti straps), with a pair of jeans. I shop at places like Sussan for work, just to further illustrate my point.
Am I missing something? Since when is a singlet top ‘revealing’, or a t-shirt ‘inappropriate’?
Would you be offended if I wore something like what I’ve described to a parent/teacher meeting?
Do you think that this type of clothing would make your child think that I’m an unprofessional teacher when I stand up in front of their class?
Unreasonable? Your thoughts as always, are welcome.
P.S. Us Teachers are, on the whole, a pretty jovial bunch. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the takes on ‘appropriateness’ next term…