Students challenge Salem-Keizer’s ‘archaic’ and ‘sexist’ dress code, district to revamp

woman sitting on chair beside green plant

A group of students and parents are calling on Salem-Keizer Public Schools to update what they describe as an “archaic” and “sexist” dress code policy.

The controversy isn’t unique to Salem-Keizer schools — or the state of Oregon.

But district officials say they’ve been working on updating the dress code for a while and may release a revised code as early as this week in time for the 2019-20 school year.

“Girls are growing up and they want to express themselves,” said Claire Campbell, a 14-year-old helping lead the charge. “As an educational environment, we should encourage how the students want to dress and not shut it down with old dress codes.

“When women are told that we are distracting, that is treating us like sexual objects,” she said. “How do you think that makes us feel?”

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