When was the last time you heard of a public school teacher needing a reminder to don underwear before entering the classroom?
Apparently that question, among other bodily garment observations, has been an issue at the school district in Little Rock, Ark., which has announced plans for a teacher dress code that reads more like a riot act for inappropriately dressed teenagers, the Daily Caller notes.
For starters, the Aug. 29 letter from the Little Rock School District’s Office of the Superintendent to all employees explains that pesky underwear rule:
“Foundational garments shall be worn and not visible with respect to color, style, and/or fabric. No see-through or sheer clothing shall be allowed, and no skin shall be visible between pants/trousers, skirts, and shirts/blouses at any time.”
And as for what’s banned starting in 2014?
- T-shirts, patches, and other clothing containing slogans for beer, alcohol, drugs, gangs or sex.
- Cut-off jeans with ragged edges, cut-out dresses and spaghetti-straps if teachers aren’t wearing at least two layers.
- Jogging suits, mini-skirts, halter tops, backless or sheer dresses.
- “Casual T-shirts” — faded, sheer, out of shape, inappropriately sized.
Teacher union president Cathy Koehler wrote a separate letter to employees, according to Arkansas Times, laying out her fear that “if an employee refuses to go home and change they can be considered insubordinate and risk losing their job based on an opinion.”
Koehler warns in the letter that things could be a lot more restrictive — but hey, at least the district relaxed on its intended ban on teachers wearing tennis shoes.
This post has been updated.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)