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Subject: Should teachers be aloud to wear blue jeans?
Date Posted: 10/31/2008 4:31 PM ET
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We were just informed that we are no longer allowed to wear blue jeans EVER. The policy was Fridays, but a district visitor wrote up the principal because not all staff looked professional - it was a Friday. The principal tried to argue the case, but this person - whom none of like - gave no slack. Needless to say, we are not happy! Even the students, who wear uniforms, are allowed to wear blue jeans on Friday for perfect attendance.

What is your school's policy?

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 5:29 PM ET
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I am not yet a teacher but I am in my second to last semester of a licensure program before student teaching. This topic comes up quite a bit in discussions during class and people seem to be split about 50-50. I will admit that I am on the side of "professional" clothes for teachers. I am currently in a classroom with a cooperating teacher who wears blue jeans, tie-dyed t-shirts and flip-flops on "casual Friday" and I don't think it's appropriate. I don't think that female teachers need to wear dresses and pantyhose all the time and I don't think that male teachers need to wear neckties every day but I think that as teachers, we need to present a professional front to our students and their parents. (I reserve the right to change my mind once I start teaching!! LOL!)
Date Posted: 10/31/2008 7:07 PM ET
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We have no official policy on jeans, but it's generally accepted that we can wear jeans on Fridays.  Most of us wear either a nice blouse, sweater, or any of the shirts we've accumulated over the years with the school's name on it.  I have several school sweatshirts and polo shirts, as well as a denim school shirt and I will wear one of those.  I know all the arguments about professional dress, but I'm more of the mind that professionalism  in the way you act and perform your duties is more important.  I'm a teacher, not a fashionista.

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Date Posted: 11/1/2008 8:42 AM ET
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We have not been allowed to wear jeans to school in quite awhle.  I teach in a middle school and unfortunately, some teachers were wearing faded, slouchy, work-in-the-yard jeans to school.  It really was inappropriate.  So now, no one can wear jeans.  I do have a pair of dark black jeans (not faded, slouchy, or work-in-the-yard) that I wear and no one has said anything.  I think because they are black, they pass for pants. 

Now, we do have some  "dress down days" where the teachers pay $3 to wear their jeans and the money goes to the American Cancer Society.  We get a sticker to wear that day.   We do this maybe once every 4-6 weeks.  You could suggest this to admin. and maybe volunteer to be the person to collect the money and hand out stickers.  It's HUGELY popular in the county where I teach.



Date Posted: 11/2/2008 4:01 PM ET
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We have no policy on wearing jeans, but we are encouraged to dress professionally everyday.  Fridays are usually understood to be "dress-down day" and most wear jeans, but not the "faded, slouchy, or work-in-the-yard" ones, again, professional.  There are some teachers who work in my school who wear jeans more frequently, but usually because they are planning on doing "floor" work or projects that can get messy - I am guilty of this myself.  I don't want to get a pair of good work pants covered in paint, markers, dirt, etc.  I generally wear dress pants, shirt and tie to work, on warmer days, dress pants and a polo shirt.

There are some teachers who are pushing the limits and I am afraid that we will soon be told we can't wear them at all.

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 7:40 PM ET
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We are not allowed to wear jeans or any type of denim because a former Super made it a district policy. This is the crazy part, the last Friday of each month is dress down day, still NO JEAN, but sweat-pants are fine. Now tell me that is not CRAZY. 

We do however, get to wear jeans every other month for $5 at month, which goes to charity.

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 5:59 PM ET
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I teach in NYC, and we have no dress code.  A few people really take advantage and wear sweatpants or yoga pants everyday.  Most people look professional, and limit blue jeans to Fridays.

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 9:01 PM ET
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We are allowed to wear jeans with a spirit shirt or shirt in our school colors on Fridays or on game days if we are going to the game.  Other than that, we are to dress professionally.  The only exceptions to this are the Agriculture, Shop, and Physical Education teachers who are allowed to dress in something appropriate for their field.  We can wear flip flops anytime, which I love.  I usually dress in slacks and a dress top, but almost always take advantage of jeans Fridays. 

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 4:39 PM ET
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I'm in LA, so I think in general people here are fairly casual. We're all pretty aware though. We do wear jeans on Fridays (or on field trip days or if you have a good reason :), and honestly, some of our teachers actually look better on those days! We laugh that our jeans cost us more than our regular pants, so maybe Fridays should be "khakis" day.

I think rather than jeans or no jeans, it should be neat, no rips, stains, etc. We have one teacher who wears khakis that are fraying on the ends and sneakers. I think a pair of new jeans would look better. But in the end, I agree that it's demenor.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 8:36 PM ET
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Our Friday's are jean days but you have to wear the school colors along with it.  We put a gallon sized jar out on the counter where you sign in and anyone dressing down must contribute to the "Dress-down" fund.  We are a veryyyyyyyyyy small school w/ only 450 students K4-6 and we collect in upwards of $2000 dollars for our Fridays.  We use this money to buy 10 or more children in our district Christmas items so that their parents aren't struggling during the holiday.  We deliver the presents to the parents homes while the children are in school and they are told that Santa brought them.  It's a wonderful way to give back to OUR kids and get a "casual" day thrown in.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 8:57 AM ET
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I like to dress professionally, especially if I am meeting with parents. Our school allows us to wear nice jeans on Fridays and to wear school colored polo shirts on game days to show our suppport for the athletes.  I think teachers dressing down on fridays lets the kids see us as real people and it adds to a fun atmosphere at the end of the week.

Subject: jeans
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 10:29 AM ET
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absolutely-if it looks pulled together-I have seen teachers who look like they have been washing a car on saturday-not-cool

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 6:18 PM ET
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The middle school I work at  also has "dress down days" for the high school scholarship fund.  I will only wear jeans on those days, school spirit days (since dress pants and the school sweatshirt looks silly), field trips, and any day that I might get messy (for instance last year we had an outdoor event and it was SUPER muddy out so wearing really old jeans was a plus).  Also, when it snows REALLY BAD and we still have school, nearly all the teachers will wear jeans because we have to dig our cars out afterwards.  Since I'm a pretty young teacher, I try to dress as professionally as possible in order to avoid looking like one of the students so except when wearing the school sweatshirt, I wear a relatively professional top with the jeans.

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Date Posted: 11/25/2008 11:21 AM ET
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We must donate $5 to wear jeans on Fridays. The money accumulated goes into a fund to help our needy families within our school during tough times. In the past the money has been used for fire victims, funeral services, Christmas gifts, winter clothing, etc. Like most, we wear our school polos or sweatshirts with our *nice* jeans. It is a good policy and no one abuses it, because at some districts a few ruin it for most.