Parent dress code: Fla. school officials want to tell adults what to wear, now

One Broward County School Board Member has taken her official position to the stratosphere, suggesting an appropriate dress code for parents picking up or dropping off their kids at school.

Board member Rosalind Osgood “said it’s unlikely the district could write or enforce a parent dress code,” according to the Sun Sentinel, “but she and board member Robin Bartleman agreed principals could address the issue during Parent Night.”

“It’s hard for me to tell a child not to show up for school with hair curlers, pajamas or short shorts if they see parents wearing them,” Osgood said during a recent meeting, according to the Sun Sentinel. “Parents need to lead by example,” and apparently she feels qualified to decide their standards of acceptability.

Osgood said she has seen far too many parents bring their children to school in inappropriate attire, and it rankles her.

“We have dads showing up in sagging pants,” and the poor examples are having an effect on kids’ own school decorum, she said.

At Boyd Anderson High School, for example, the principal has had to distribute belts to students with low-hanging pants, the board member said, although one might ask if belts are covered in his taxpayer-financed budget.

Since the idea was first raised by Osgood, she has found herself having to defend her position against angry e-mails from all over the nation accusing her of overstepping and chastising her for telling other adults how to dress, according to the Palm Beach Post.

“I’m not trying to dictate anything to anybody else,” said Osgood. “I am trying to get them to prioritize their children’s education,” the Post reported.

But it didn’t take long for lawmakers in neighboring Palm Beach County to jump on the self-righteous bandwagon and begin discussing the idea.

According to the Palm Beach Post:

Palm Beach County School Board Member Karen Brill on Wednesday said she had asked Superintendent Wayne Gent to schedule a discussion item for next week’s school board meeting on the idea of enforcing some sort of dress standards for adults visiting schools or school-sponsored events.

Osgood said she hopes the board can engage parents in a wider discussion on setting a proper example in September. Hopefully she’ll leave her slings and arrows at home.

Video from the Sun Sentinel:

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  • Anthony

    This is absolutely stupid, and I am willing to bet that this idiot lady is a die-hard liberal. What are they going to do, suspend the kid for their parents showing up not dressed the their “standard”?

    • jmlsmb

      Of course she’s liberal, or progressive. Control freak.

  • Edie Nichols

    You know……I absolutely agree with the adults in the clip, no (decent) parent wants their kids seeing another mother’s booty, boobs or worse! Parents should be setting the example for their kids…..I mean if you’re going to dress like a hooter then let your daughter dress like a hooter…..well, then expect to be a hooter grandma very early. Or worse, expect to be a hooter visiting your hooter child in a hospital while the child is being treated for AIDS, fighting for their life. Too harsh? Well then, maybe you need a reality check? Schools where I live have a dress code, the students have to stick to it when school is in session, while they are on school grounds, or at school functions (at home or away). The students are representing the school, (which in turn represents our town) so yes they dress appropriately. How they dress at other times is their business. Just as the parents are allowed to dress how they want in public. I think the idea of making this clear to the parents concerning their dress while they are representing the school, at a meeting on school grounds is perfectly alright…….but, if the town/city think that their going to change how parents dress while NOT at a school function…..well, that’s not going to happen, it’s an infringement of their rights. And, it’s kind of closing the barn door after the cows got out…… know?

  • 20ozSoda

    I can see where she’s coming from….the problem is…adults take no pride in themselves. They’re not thinking, don’t care, don’t know any better…all of the above. I,(myself), will not go to the school without looking presentable. And, I don’t want to embarrass my kids. LOL! We’re probably getting paranoid because the WH has gotten too BIG… telling” we the people” what insurance we will have, telling us what to eat and drink! See the “20oz Soda”…that was REBELLING when Bloomburg wanted NYC to drink less SODA!!!! THAT WAS TOOO MUCH!!! AND I DON’T EVEN LIVE IN NY…! AND, NOW,SOMEBODY WANTS TO TELL US HOW TO DRESS!….>:( Learn to differentiate, being told what to do, or taking pride in ourselves and thinking of others.

  • vanderfk

    Apples don’t fall far from the tree. Seems like the real problem is just a general decline in social skills and you can’t fix that with rules. It comes from within.

  • kay

    I agree with her and the people in the video. People do not need to dress like they are going to the beach, club or bed to drop off their kids.

  • patty

    I agree parents should set an example before their children! I have seen mothers show up at school looking like hoochies ! they are teaching their kids especially their daughters it is ok to dress like that! Any decent mom would know how to dress!

  • floramae

    oh, ya, just add another layer of tyranny.

  • tom2

    Whenever I read stuff like this, I always wonder who the hell these deluded, dictatorial elitists think they are. They graduate from the weakest curricula and generally are the least educated. Their jobs are at the bottom of the professional spectrum and are part-time by definition even though they’re paid as if they were full time. They’re dominated by union, liberal, left wing, socialist propaganda. And now they believe they’re entitled not only to indoctrinate our kids but to tell the parents how to dress. If ever there was a good time to install voucher systems in this great nation, it’s now.

  • Linda Cote DeBoe

    Too bad it “rankles Her” This is a FREE country.

  • Cheryl

    I agree with the article and the parents’ insight on how parents should dress – to a point – but disagree with what Rosalind Osgood is proposing (at least, as the article represents it). Parents who step out of their car onto school property should be appropriately dressed. Most parents, faculty and probably students would agree with that.

    But, it seems Rosalind Osgood is peeping into the cars of parents picking up and dropping off their children. How a parent is dressed when in the confines of their car while dropping off/picking up their children…is nobody’s busy! No one external to the car is subjected to looking at boobs or butt cheeks unless they’re really trying to see boobs/butts if the parents never leave their cars!!

    Couching her boundary overstepping in the guise of “I’m not trying to dictate anything to anybody else,” “I am trying to get them to prioritize their children’s education,” is her trying to figure out a way to dictate to parents and overstep her elected board position without seeming like a dictator. So a person who can’t afford to dress according to Rosalind’s standards does not, judged by the clothes they wear, care about their child’s education? What a broad sweep of the moral compass by a fashionista!

    Focus on some real issues of public schools instead of making up issues to focus on Rosalind!

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