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UPDATED: School district enforces dress code today at MCHS

MASON CITY – Parents with children attending Mason City High School today informed NIT that the school district has started enforcing its dress code.

“I just got back from the high school as my daughter called saying she needed me to bring her jeans to change into,” one parent said this morning.

“As of today girls wearing shorts to school can no longer wear anything less than 6 in above the knee… the whole office was full of girls calling for someone to bring them alternate britches to change into and boy were they expressing their views about situation,” the parent continued.

“Just a friendly reminder about the dress code update.  This information was include in the information “MCHS Program Updates” that was in the registration packet.  This was also communicated through announcements all last week.  Overall, the majority of students have met these new expectations.  Having air conditioning for majority of the classes helps as well.  Throughout last year, it was extremely obvious that we needed to take a stand on student attire as a whole.  The expectations that are put into place was related to create a rule that is more objective than subjective.  Dress code is one of the areas to be enforced because of the body types & sizes and current clothing trends.  School is a professional place of business and what is acceptable attire must meet those guidelines.  The guideline change is mainly focused on the length of shorts and skirts.  We hope you can help us work with your son/daughter in meeting this expectation.  Again, overall last Friday and today the majority of students have met the guidelines and have appropriate attire on.”

School Superintendent Anita Micich directed her Administrative Assistant to relay this information:

“I followed up on our conversation earlier with the high school and then shared with Anita and she asked me to send you the following excerpt from the Mason City High School Student Handbook, Page 19-20 of the Student Planner, which addresses your earlier request:


Students who wear attire advertising products which are illegal or hazardous to one’s health or which display messages containing sexual innuendoes or create a hostile learning environment will be removed from school until appropriate clothing is displayed.  Reasonable guidelines to follow:

*Skirt and shorts length should be within 6 inches from the top of the student’s knee.”

A parent said this afternoon that “now a days EVERY article of clothing for that age group keeps getting smaller and smaller… how are girls ‘required’ to wear something no longer being produced?”

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