Parents could be turned away from a local high school graduation if they aren't wearing the right clothes.
At a recent school board meeting, in Washington Township, New Jersey, the graduation dress code was discussed, that discussion made its way to social media and just like that there's a controversy brewing. The policy states no jeans, shorts or t-shirts are allowed and collared shirts are required. Not that unusual except that this dress code also applies to parents and guests.Although the district told FOX 29's Bill Anderson the policy isn't new it recently gained steam on social media where people argued over the district telling parents how to dress.
No one from the district wanted to go on camera but Washington Township High's principal sent FOX 29 a statement saying: "We believe the dress code helps provide an appropriate atmosphere for this very special occasion" and "setting standards is an important of what an education should provide."
He also told FOX 29 that new controversy aside this is a long standing policy that has mostly been supported by district parents and guests.
The graduation is outside on the football field in late June which contributed to some questioning the no shorts or t-shirts policy but the district told FOX 29 the policy isn't going anywhere and they are making sure the word gets out so nobody gets turned away.
Most of the people we spoke to thought the district was overstepping, but many online applaud the policy and say parents need the guidance.