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To ignore the head and send DS in summer uniform?

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SummerStresses Tue 23-Apr-19 16:01:02

Ever since my kids were small the schools summer uniform has been summer dresses for the girls. Shorts and school regulation polo for the boys.

DD has just told me it's changed and now boys in KS3 have to wear a shirt and tie all year round.

Girls are still allowed to wear summer dresses.

How can a 7 year old be expected to sit in a shirt and tie in this roasting heat right through to July?

They sell polo's upto 12 years hmm but you aren't allowed to wear them?

AIBU to tell her DS is wearing the polo sold by THEIR office this summer.

Langrish Tue 23-Apr-19 19:22:18

Can’t he wear a short sleeved shirt with his tie (which is neither here nor there if it’s not too tight, won’t make him any hotter).

WindsweptEgret Tue 23-Apr-19 19:38:07

A tie would absolutely be hotter than an open collared shirt as they would be expected to do up all the buttons on the shirt.

sirfredfredgeorge Tue 23-Apr-19 22:19:29

Once you accept a job or a school place, you agree to -reasonable and legal - dress codes. If you disagree, you express your opinion, but you don't make your own rules. No one is forcing you to stay there if you are unhappy.

And the OP did, the school has decided to modify the dress code at zero notice, and without consultation, you certainly could not do that in a job.

GothicMansionOnARainyNight Tue 23-Apr-19 22:25:24

What’s wrong with a shirt and tie? Our children have had to wear, shirt, tie, jumper and blazer (with shorts) in summer since nursery. Jumpers can come off in school when the head teacher decides it’s hot enough.

BarbarianMum Tue 23-Apr-19 22:30:31

Well some of us have children who are bright enough to work out when to take a jumper off for themselves Gothic. It's great that there are schools where extra help in that area is available though.

Thehop Tue 23-Apr-19 22:33:02

Our school boys from reception have to wear shirt and tie but girls have dresses.

Staff can relax their attire though .

Very unfair.

DefConOne Tue 23-Apr-19 22:40:39

YANBU. I love school uniform but hate seeing little kids in shirts and ties. Polycotton shirts are hotter and sweatier than 100% cotton polo shirts. I buy expensive cotton dresses for my youngest due to skin problems. Oldest had ASD and sensory processing disorder. No idea how she will manage in secondary (year 6 now but school allows polo shirts). I expect my kids are just snowflakes though. I’m definitely a snowflake as no uniform required in the 1980s when I was at primary school.

I work in an office environment. I’m an accountant. Can’t remember when I last saw a tie. We can all manage to operate a computer perfectly well without wearing one.

Yura Sat 27-Apr-19 18:18:15

@WindsweptEgret poloshirts are buttoned up as well, and several times as thick as shirts - and a tie hides an open top button well ;)

WindsweptEgret Sat 27-Apr-19 18:39:54

I haven't known of a school that expects children to fully button up a polo shirt confused.

WindsweptEgret Sat 27-Apr-19 18:53:29

Why need a tie to hide an undone top button? Why not just have an open collared short sleeved shirt with a couple of buttons undone and no tie?

TheGrey1houndSpeaks Sat 27-Apr-19 18:59:04

Did someone just bring up struggling with their gender identity in relation to a class full of seven year old’s? confused
Just stop it, ffs.

reluctantbrit Sat 27-Apr-19 19:11:46

No ties but from Y3 onwards most children, boy and girl, at DD's primary wore sleeveless shirts.

Polos are hardly seen in most schools around here after Infant. Where a tie is mandatory you see them in high summer apart from some days like last year where schools gave permission to leave them at home.

No child died so far.

DD is now in secondary and she has shirt, jumper and blazer as mandatory. I think they can leave the jumper off in Summer term but blazer is a must unless the head gives permission to leave it at home.

WindsweptEgret Sat 27-Apr-19 19:22:50

DD is now in secondary and she has shirt, jumper and blazer as mandatory. DS would be too hot in all that, he has never worn his jumper, only the blazer. Sure, he would survive it, but not being able to regulate their own temperature distracts children from learning.

reluctantbrit Sat 27-Apr-19 20:17:32

Windswept - I personally find it absolutely ridiculous. Hardly any schools have air conditioning but then it comes with comments like "if you work in an office...". Well, I work in an air conditioning office and most men's jackets are not worn, ties are optinal unless you see customers.

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