Many schools in the United States ban kids and teens from wearing pajamas in the classroom. But in Springfield, Illinois, students can’t sport their PJs in their own kitchens or bedrooms either.
This past fall, Springfield Public School District 186 announced that students learning from home because of the coronavirus pandemic are not allowed to wear pajamas while on video calls for class.
Springfield’s schools aren’t the only ones enforcing dress codes for remote learning. Since the pandemic began, thousands of schools across the U.S. have switched to virtual classes to try to slow the spread of the virus. As educators navigate teaching over video conferencing platforms, schools from California to North Carolina are asking students to observe the same dress codes at home as they would on campus.
People in favor of dress codes for remote learning say the rules create a respectful classroom environment and can help students stay focused.
But other people say that school districts have no right to tell kids what to wear in their homes. As long as students keep up with their schoolwork, they argue, what does it matter what they’re wearing?