Hutto student forced to change 3 times for dress code violations

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HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — What to wear the first week of school is usually a big decision. A sleeveless shirt with “On Wednesdays we wear pink” written on it has turned into a big headache for a Hutto mother.

“They said that the shorts were too short,” explains Rachel Grassity, of her daughter’s outfit on the first day of school. “I said ‘okay, well I’ll bring you up some leggings to put under your shorts.’ I was told that was still out of dress code.”

Grassity then brought a third outfit to her daughter at Farley Middle School in Hutto.

“She had on this tank top that covered the sports bra and any skin, and she had this [pink shirt] over it,” she said.

Grassity thought she was definitely following the rules this time. Page 58 of the Hutto Independent School District dress code says a student wearing spandex or leggings must have a top that comes to the child’s fingertips. The shirt Grassity brought her daughter does reach her fingertips, but staff told her it was unacceptable.

“They were able to see through the arm holes, they were able to see her undershirt, not her bra, but her undershirt,” explains Grassity.

That is not addressed in the district’s student dress code.

“My daughter wasn’t wearing anything obscene. I don’t see a reason why she had to miss three periods of her second day of middle school by sitting in the office and having to leave with me to go buy her something,” said a frustrated Grassity.

She brought her daughter back to school with jeans, which is one of the few pieces of clothing she feels her daughter can wear.

“We’ve gone out and bought clothes based off of this dress code and now we’re being told that still doesn’t work.”

A spokesperson for Hutto ISD says they’ve had the same dress code for three years and every parent gets a copy. The district says if parents want to see specific changes to the code, they can always reach out to administrators.

Hutto ISD says if you have a question about your child’s attire, talk to the principal to try to explain your side and come up with a resolution.

Grassity says she did speak with the principal of Farley Middle School over the phone, who told her that her daughter should’ve been given options, like wearing one of the shirts the school has on hand for this type of situation, instead of waiting in the office.

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