Dress code — that perpetual controversy at Bloomfield High School — already stirs the blood of parents, teachers and students there this year. And there’s no shortage of ink on the subject at NJ.com’s Bloomfield Forum. At issue, selective enforcement. Second period teachers are in charge of reporting dress violations. Some care, some don’t. And it’s easy enough for students to get by the ban on long shirts by tucking them in for one class. “They leave second period,” said one parent. “And they morph back into teenagers.”
Says a poster called “insource” on the NJ.com message board:
This whole thing is going to implode by the end of SEPT… This issuse is going to the board through town-wide liaison and by the union directly. Keep your ears open at the next board meeting this is going to be the big topic.
Another writer, whose handle is BeauBrummel, suggests civil disobedience:
Pick a day and on that day every kid dressed “in violation” of the code gets sent to the office. Inundate the office with 1800 kids wearing short skirts or baggy tee-shirts. (this option works only if every teacher participates.) Then let the BOE deal with the fallout of 1800 parents calling, visiting and emailing.
Separately, don’t be surprised if you see the subject of cell phones come up at tonight’s meeting (they’re banned, and some parents worry about the need for them in an emergency). Also likely to surface: last Friday’s evacuation of Bloomfield High School over a strong gas smell, which was feared to be a natural gas leak but turned out to be a construction-related accident involving a leak of hyraulic fluid. PSE&G checked out the smell, and declared the school safe within half an hour. Still, parents worried about construction safety issues are likely to raise concerns.
School super Thomas Dowd did not return our call.