Dress Code Violations In Sunnyside High School

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Students at Sunnyside High School are routinely being detained by faculty for dress code violations. Additionally, during extreme weather, numerous students attend school without the proper attire to protect them from the elements. Common dress code violations include: gang affiliated clothing, short shorts, and violent or inappropriate images.
State records show that 68 percent of the 6657 students in Sunnyside schools are considered economically disadvantaged, defined as eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or other public assistance. And about 63 are in the foster care system this 2014-2015 school year ("Washington State Report Card").
Problem to address
Sunnyside High School has a need for a clothing closet for students
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If anything, when a staff member has to stop and address a student failing to dress properly, it cost the district in time used to handle such situations. The macro system, Sunnyside School District, requires participation from numerous different groups within the school in order for the clothing closet to be successful. First, the individuals with power need to approve and be on board, for this project the Principal and Assistant Principal both support the initiative. The Assistant Principal, Angel Carrizales identified the reoccurring pain point of students failing to adhere to the dress code and wants to establish another course of action to deal with said students. Terry Shines, the School Social Worker at Sunnyside High School identified a need to have options for students who were without coats, jackets or appropriate shoes during cold weather. The staff at the school is initially expected to have tentative feelings toward the project and skepticism regarding potential success or failure, but will ultimately be supportive. The students, who are the clients in need for the clothing closet are expected to have little interaction with the closet at the launch. This appears to be an appropriate expectation given age and general reluctance to participate in school …show more content…
Second, I will aim to gain faculty-wide support and participation with establishing and maintaining the closet. Additionally, my willingness to work and goal of implementing an inexpensive project are expected to aid in the success of having a clothing closet on campus.
Although the likelihood for success is great, there are potential obstacles to consider. There is no current or expected budget for the clothing closet, personally inexperience planning projects, and my distance from the school. Additionally, I lack daily contact with people of influence for the project and have limited connections within the school district.

Primary goals:
The primary goal of this project is to have an inventory of clothes available for students to use. Secondary goals: find clothing to initially stock the closet and create an action plan for how to maintain inventory.
Relevant people of influence:
Sunnyside High School Principal: Ryan Maxwell
Superintendent: Dr. Richard D. Cole
Social Worker at Sunnyside High School: Terry

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