Principal sends letter home imploring parents to dress better
A UK principal wrote a note to parents to ask them to please “take the time to get dressed” in the morning and stop doing drop off in their pajamas. She insists the letter has been well received. Mkay. I’m an adult and I do what I want. And that includes wearing whatever the hell I can get on my body before I get the kids packed up for school.
Kate Chisholm, headteacher at Skerne Park Academy, Darlington, wrote to all parents imploring them to “dress appropriately” in day wear. “I have noticed there has been an increasing tendency for parents to escort children to and from school while still wearing their pajamas and, on occasion, even slippers,” reads the note The Telegraph managed to get a copy of. “Could I please ask that when you are escorting your children, you take the time to dress appropriately in day wear that is suitable for the weather conditions?”
No. No you cannot.
“We are trying to raise standards and get better outcomes for the children and we noticed a lot of the parents are turning up to school as well as meetings and assemblies wearing pajamas,” the note continues. “If we’re to raise standards it’s not too much to ask parents to have a wash and get dressed.” What are we talking about here when we say “pajamas?” Are dads showing up in flannel two pieces? Are moms showing up in a nighty? Doubt it. These poor parents are probably just showing up in whatever cotton/spandex well-worn material they could pull on their tired asses that morning. Now parents have to dress up for drop off? Shut up.
“I have had loads of support from the community and people saying it’s about time something was done,” the letter continues. Huh? It’s about time something was done? What members of the community are so offended by this? Does Andre Leon Talley live there? Anna Wintour? Who the f#*! cares what parents wear when the drop kids off at school?
There’s no way in hell moms are showing up to school assemblies in “pajamas.” I don’t believe that for a minute. They’re clearly in their favorite pair of well-worn yoga pants or black leggings, and I have news for you, Principal Fashion Police — you can pry those garments out of their cold, dead hands.
I’m clearly taking this personally, so you can guess what I look like when I take my kids to school in the morning. I’ll give you a hint if you can’t: death warmed over. But mornings are stressful enough, what with the work I have to do, the two kids I need to get fed and dressed and prepped for whatever “theme” the school has decided to go with that week. Last week I had to send my kids to school in sports paraphernalia on Monday, pajamas on Tuesday, a costume on Wednesday, beach gear on Thursday, and whatever the hell “opposites day” meant on Friday. When did school get so annoying?
Good for her if the parents in her school are taking this note well, but if I got something like that in the mail I’d make custom pajamas out of it and wear it to every drop off. Because I’m a mature adult, obviously. And I wear what I want.