NYC Public School Imposes Dress Code For Teachers, Bans Jeans

Principal At P.S. 64 Says If You Want To Act The Part, You Have To Look It, Too

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new dress code policy is sparking debate at an East Village elementary school, because this one is aimed at teachers.

As CBS 2’s Cat Andersen explains, the school’s principal is cracking down on what they wear.

A dress code for students is standard at most schools, but at P.S. 64 Robert Simon School, teachers are being told how to dress for class.

“Some folks were not wearing what I would consider to be professional attire,” Principal Marlon Hosang said.

Hosang said there has always been a policy in the teacher’s handbook that calls for professional attire. He said he’s just recently clarified that jeans, flip flops and gym clothes are not considered professional.

“I think we need to teach our children early on that there’s a certain way you dress to go to a ball game versus going to your job,” Hosang said.

Some parents and school employees are on board.

“They will look up to them more in a professional way,” parent Evelyn Valerio said.

“I feel that if you’re professional, if you’re dealing with parents and students, look the part,” P.S. 64 staff member Ron Marli added.

But others said the dress code is too strict for teachers at an elementary school.

“They’re dealing with paint and all kinds of things sitting on the floor, so I don’t see anything wrong with jeans or even sneakers,” parent Noemi Hernandez said.

“I can totally get the flip flops. I can totally get the gym clothes. In fact, I can totally appreciate that rule, but jeans seems a little far,” parent Sue Johnson added.

Parents who disagree with the new policy said it’s depends on your point of view. Attire that’s considered inappropriate in some professional settings may be perfectly acceptable in others.

“We don’t know what these kids are going to be doing. There’s a dress code where it’s casual, or business casual,” Hernandez said.

As far as enforcing the policy, Hosang is not sending teachers home or writing them up. In fact, he said all of them are complying on their own and said if a teacher is wearing something inappropriate, he’ll simply ask them not to wear it again.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below. …

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Jojo

    Jeans and sneakers I am not a fan of in the workplace. I feel it takes the same amount of time to dress professional then like a slob. I have taken black yoga pants and dressed them up with a nice sweater and nice shoe and you would never guess they are really sweat pants.

  • NDTeacher

    I am a high school teacher. I wear black dress slacks, dress shoes and a polo shirt every day to school, except on Fridays. This is considered jeans day, so I replace my dress pants and shoes, with a nice pair of jeans and clean, comfortable running shoes.

    A school should be a professional environment. I agree with the code, but I do see the issues with certain areas. For instance, If I was a phy. ed. teacher, I would appreciate being allowed to wear gym clothes (obviously appropriate).

  • Bryce Leinan

    I can say that where I live in rural Northern Nevada, this would be a non-starter, especially in the rural schools where agricultural classes prevail. Most of the teachers in these schools wear jeans out of necessity due to the work that they (and the students) are doing in class. I can tell you from experience that it’s an entirely different culture in NYC than out here.

  • Mamaof5

    It’s a elementary school not middle or high school. Elementary children get more dirty then middle and high school students. Casual and professional attire should just be towards the teachers not kids. Maybe if it was a middle or high school, then yeah no jeans.

  • Dawne Mettes

    I agree with this article. Professional dress only. These comments about, what are you supposed to do if you’re on the floor or painting . . .how in the sam hill do you think they did it before???? You put on an apron if you’re painting… wear washable clothing…geez….

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