Hats and Hoods

Hats and Hoods

Skylar Knox, Editor-in-Cheif

The first week after spring break, Fremont significantly changed the policy against wearing hats and hoods on school grounds. The updated policy allows students to wear hats in school. However, there are still a few guidelines. Mrs. Howington, Fremont’s Instructional and Behavioral Support, stated, “Hats fall under any other piece of wardrobes, so they have to be school appropriate they can’t have drugs or alcohol or weapons or inappropriate language stuff like that.”
Teachers can ask you to take off your hat. “The teachers do have the ability to ask students to remove their hats in class, and anytime a hat or any other item is a disruption to the learning environment, it can and should be removed. Hats and hoods should not prevent the student wearing it or other students from being able to access learning,” said Howington.
Changing the rule was a group decision amongst the staff. Howington said, “It was something that was proposed last year, but then when the whole Covid shutdown happened, it really became kind of not a priority. So we revisited this as an admin team this year and then proposed it to staff and took a survey from staff. The majority of staff were in favor of removing or modifying the hat policy. ”
Some staff think students wearing hats and hoods is not a big deal. “We know that the high school allows hats and hoods, and we kind of saw that it really wasn’t a big deal. But, because of the policy, it kind of became a big deal with students who showed up with hats and hoods,” Howington said. “There are much more important things to help students access their learning than worry about if they’re wearing a hat or a hood.”
Howington thinks changing the hats and hoods rule was a good idea. “I am in favor of it as long as the hat or the hood is appropriate and does not disrupt the learning environment, but I felt like it was time to change an old policy to kind of fit the times,” said Howington.
You should still show your face. Howington said, “Teachers still want to see your face! It is hard when you’re wearing a mask, but at least let teachers see your eyes because that’s pretty much all they’ve got left at this point.”