Skirt length debate: Comparing Rome High’s knee-length requirement to local private, public schools.

Skirt length debate: Comparing Rome High’s knee-length requirement to local private, public schools.

 

Rome High’s new dress code, complete with mandated knee-length skirts and shorts, is the toughest in our area. Prior to the start of this school year, Rome permitted skirts that were no more than four inches above the knew. This year, it is knee length, period. (Previous story)

The specific guidelines posted on Rome High’s Facebook page:

“Shorts and skirts must be knee length or long. Athletic shorts, sweat suits, sheer silky pants or shorts, or biker pants are not permitted.”

So we decided to compare it to some of our private schools as as well as Floyd County Schools. This is what we found:

Darlington School

“Regulation khaki skirt, khaki skort, plaid skirt, plaid skort or plaid kilt. Skirts and skorts should not be shorter than three inches above the crease in the back of the knee. Skirts altered above the specified height will not be permitted. Privacy shorts or Soffees are requested under skirts.”

Saint Mary’s Catholic School

“Girls’ skirts and skorts should be no shorter than a dollar bill’s width (2 and 1/2 inches) above the knee.”

Unity Christian School (from the online handbook)

  • Navy or khaki jumper, skirt, or skort (no greater than 2 inches above the knee)
  • Navy tights may be worn under skirts or skorts November through February
  • Shorts should be worn under skirts or dresses on non P.E. uniform days.

Floyd County Schools (high school)

  • Shorts must be an acceptable length.  They should be mid-thigh or longer in length when standing. Shorts with excessive holes, tennis shorts, running shorts, and spandex shorts are not appropriate. Shorts must not be unusually revealing or sexually suggestive. Cutoffs with ragged edges or clothing with holes will not be allowed.
  • Skirts and dresses must meet the same criteria as shorts and tops.
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