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Revised dress code to be implemented at Ludlow High School

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LUDLOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A student’s mission to revise the Ludlow High School dress code makes a difference. 

It's a story Western Mass News has been following after Emily Midwood created an online petition claiming the dress code is "sexist."

Emily, along with school administrators met on Thursday and they were able to reach a compromise. 
 
She told Western Mass News she really just wanted to see change and be a voice for students in the high school.

"I kind of feel really proud of myself, I never really thought it would gain so much support," said Midwood.
 
The dress code at Ludlow High School has officially changed after an incident where Emily's  younger sister wore a romper to school, exposing her shoulders.

Emily created a petition claiming the dress code was 'selective' and 'sexist' and wanted to see the dress code be more gender neutral.
 
After about a month of going back and forth with school leaders, Emily met with the principal and student council Thursday afternoon. 
 
"We already had a dress code. Me and the student council wrote, but we gave it to her and she came back with a revised one and we went through it together and revised it together," Midwood added. 
 
Emily said some of the big changes to the dress code include:

  • Fabric must not be see through except for areas on pants legs and sleeves
  • Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be appropriate lengths as opposed to fingertip length or longer when a student stands up
  • No more muscle tees

"I kind of feel powerful, when I felt powerless before and this allows me to change not only for me but everyone around me," Midwood continued. 
 
Ludlow School Superintendent Todd Gazda said:

"This is an excellent example of an instance where the student council worked to address a concern of the student body in an appropriate and productive manner. The outcome of the process in this case is a new dress code that is easily understandable and has been accepted by both students and administration."
 
Emily said she really applauds the administration for being so welcoming and open to her changes.

The new revisions will be included in the handbooks for next year which are approved by the school committee on a yearly basis.

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