Should Flip Flops Be Allowed in High Schools?

Seniors in one Massachusetts high school are working to reverse the ban.

By Liz Taurasi 

A 10-year-old ban on flip flops in one Massachusetts town has some students working to get it reversed.

Weymouth High School students are trying to get the ban lifted as part of their senior project,according to Fox 25, Boston.

Flip flops and backless shoes have been banned at Weymouth High School for the past decade. TheWeymouth Public Schools dress code standards expressly prohibits flip flops along with “athletic/beach sandals” in its dress code standards.

The ban was imposed by the town’s School Committee because they believed sandals posed a safety hazard, according to the report.

The School Committee’s Policy Committee is deadlocked on the issue, which is expected to be taken up by the Weymouth School Committee next week.
Andie Allison March 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM
That is the stupidest ban I've ever heard of.
Harriet Brown March 23, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Maybe on a limited basis in the summer.
TAMMY March 24, 2014 at 07:43 AM
@Dave-Yes my boyfriend and girlfriends love my choice of footwear in the summer. Also its OK to wear flip-flops to school because I wear them everywhere.
Debra Duval Porter March 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM
No! Fflip flops, leggings and short skirts or shorts should not be allowed in school. Its not the place.. How about uniforms? No you dont think so.... then abide by the rules.
Jim Dorsey March 27, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Flip-flop wearing is actually a small issue. The larger issue is the attitude that it reflects. Flip-flops are part of a "signal effect". If the signal is "we don't care what you wear" then that's probably not the message we want to send to our young people, because we do care. If the signal is, "we don't mind what you wear as long as you study your butts off because you've earned the right to dress as you please", then that's probably OK. Signals and symbols can easily become shorthand reflections for larger issues. If we keep the larger issues of learning and growing as responsible citizens in mind, then resolving the smaller issues like flip-flop wearing, in that context, can be more easily approached.


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