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No pajamas for online classes, Illinois school district says

No pajamas for online classes, Illinois school district says

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A school district in Springfield, Ill., has a dress code for students taking classes online that says they may not wear pajamas.

Some parents are upset that the Springfield School District is trying to tell them what their students can and cannot do in their own homes, according to WCIA.com.

According to WCIA.com, one parent said, “I made the decision for my kids to be at home and I don’t really see how any district can come in and say what my kid can’t wear in my house.

“I don’t think they have any right to say what happens in my house. I think they have enough to worry about as opposed to what the kids are wearing. They need to make sure they’re getting educated.”

While some parents opposed the idea and say the district should focus on teaching and not clothes, others support it.

“It makes sense, it’s just a little bit of respect to show up clean and ready for class,” one parent said, according to WCIA.com.

WMAY radio reported the pajama rule is an extension of the dress code for school attendance. The radio station also reported that students may not “participate in remote learning from their beds.”

In the dress code, WMAY reported, the district added face mask requirements for students in school buildings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus — masks may not “depict faces or have text on them.”

The Springfield Education Association president told WCIA.com that “the whole pajama thing is really at the bottom of our priority scale when it comes to public education.

“We really want to see kids coming to the table of education whether it’s at the kitchen table with the laptop there or whether it’s the actual brick and mortar school house.

"Raising the bar for all kids and helping them get there, whether (they’re) in their pajamas or tuxedo is really what’s important.”

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