Most parents are guilty of doing the school run in their PJ bottoms, but this school’s dress code won’t allow it…

A Houston high school has implemented a dress code for parents in an attempt to establish higher standards for students. The principal of the school, Carlotta Brown, says that many parents turn up to drop their children off while wearing pyjamas, robes and hair rollers which she believes makes it more difficult to hold students accountable for the state of their uniform.

Being Role Models

Carlotta says that when she took over the role as principal at the school, she was determined to make a change. “The parents were coming in (to the school) in risque clothes,” she told The Wall Street Journal. “They were coming in a manner that was not presentable for the educational setting.” A letter was sent to all parents outlining the new dress code and warning that those who failed to comply would be turned away from the school. “Parents we do value you as a partner in your child’s education. You are your child’s first teacher,” Carlotta wrote. “However, please know we have standards, most of all we must have high standards.” The dress code not only applies to mums on the school run but dads as well, who are banned from wearing undershirts, torn jeans and sagging pants or shorts.

A Waste Of Time

Parents have hit back at the changes, saying they are a waste of time, with some even labelling them as discriminatory as they also ban traditional hair wraps. “I really think…it was demeaning,” one parent said. “I don’t see how that’s anyone’s business.” “I’m sorry, this principal must have plenty of money and time to go to the hairdresser weekly,” another said. “Who are you to judge others who may not have the same opportunities that you do? Having a wrap on your head is not offensive. It should not be controversial.”

We’re not sure how successful this principal will be in enforcing her new dress code. We doubt that parents will ever stop rushing out the door in their PJs to get their kids to school on time. Is the way they’re dressed really the most important thing anyway?

Do you think schools should have a dress code for parents? Let us know what you think in the comments!


  • I dunno about a dress code for parents. I do know I’ve never done a school pick up in my pyjamas, why would you?

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  • Don’t know that I agree with the title of most parents doing this. Ive never done it

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  • My kids would be so embarrassed if I went to school with them in my PJ’s. I wouldn’t do it to them.

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  • No, I don’t think this is something you can enforce at all. It’s just inflammatory.

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  • Unless they’ve got “rude” parts hanging out, it shouldn’t matter. Are they going to make a dress code for going anywhere is public now?

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  • I don’t think it’s right for parents to drop children off at school while in their pyjamas unless they are staying in their car.

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  • Oh dear. If they are parents wearing inappropriate clothing into classes to help etc. I think this request is completely reasonable. Drop off and pick up is a bit different.

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  • This is ludicrous! What if a parent is feeling sick but their child is well and they have just dragged themselves out of bed to do the school drop off? I generally am dressed respectably anyway, but in all honesty how I dress is no one else’s business.

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  • I can’t believe parents rock up like this. I have never seen it but I agree it’s unacceptable.

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  • I wouldn’t wear pjs out, that’s just for home

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  • I think it’s pure laziness on the part of the parents. Even with 4 children I always was dressed and ready before I went to their school. It is just common decency on your own part to be dressed.

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  • If your going to walk into your child’s the least you could do is put on normal clothes it isn’t that hard.

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  • takes 5 seconds to chuck a trackie and a hoody on, just sheer laziness, I could guarantee if I tried it my bloody car would break down

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  • I think if it’s clothes that aren’t see through then they can drop them off in their pj’s i guess. They won’t get parents to comply with this.

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  • I don’t think this is a rule schools can impose. As long as children turn up for school, that’s what’s important.

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