Texas school district bans hooded clothing and dresses for most students, saying it will promote professionalism

(CNN) A North Texas school district has updated its dress code for the upcoming school year to ban hooded clothing as well as dresses and skirts for many of its grade levels, reasoning that the change will help students in their future careers.
The bans quickly elicited a backlash from parents, students and others who view the policy as unnecessarily restrictive, prompting one high school student to create a petition to "fight unreasonable dress code changes" announced by the Forney Independent School District (FISD).
The dress code also requires students to wear solid colored shirts and slacks, shorts or capri pants in navy blue, black or khaki colors.
Among the things the dress code prohibits are demin pants, sleeveless shirts, t-shirts, overalls or clothing with holes in it.
The district emphasized in its announcement of the policy change that the shift is intended to prepare students to enter the workplace.
The video announcement published by FISD lays out the district's reasoning behind the new policy and features a voiceover from a student.
"Every profession has a dress code, whether it's scrubs, a welding helmet or a chef's apron.
The way I dress plays an important role in professional and safety, both in the classroom and on the job site."
If a student violates the dress code, they will be "given an opportunity to correct the problem at school," the policy says.
One of their daughters, Forney High School student Brooklynn Hollaman, started the petition opposing the new dress code, arguing the policy is "completely wrong" and "unfair."
The petition has gathered more than 3,500 signatures as of Friday, though it is unclear if the signatures are all from people within the district.
The dress code is made to "improve student self-esteem, bridge socio-economic differences among students, and promote positive behavior, thereby enhancing school safety and improving the learning environment," FISD said in its statement.
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