October 19 – 25 (Upper School)

Posted on: Oct 18, 2019

Dress Code Reminder

Now that it’s Fall Break, I wanted to remind everyone about the email sent by JP Culley on August 20: “While the current skirt length rule has been in the handbook and part of our dress code since the start of the 2016-17 school year, we should have offered more time for families to respond to the heightened awareness and expectations. To that end, we will begin to more equitably enforce the skirt length rule after Fall Break (October 17-18), which should offer families time to make any necessary alterations to already purchased uniform skirts.” Since that email was sent, we have been listening to the student voice, the parent voice, and the faculty voice on this issue. We had a meeting where we invited the female students to meet with the female faculty, and we have tried to gather that feedback to inform how we will move forward. At Holland Hall, we have always been more focused on the spirit of the law, rather than the letter of the law. The “3 inches above the knee” rule is meant to be approximate, rather than exact. We are therefore formalizing that, by explaining the rule as “approximately 3 inches.” We are also offering a vetting period, when students may see Ms. Fondren-Bales or Ms. Udwin to see if their current skirt is within expectation or not, without any consequences. We hope that this will help to assuage any nervousness about whether a skirt meets expectations or not. We ask that students do this before returning from Fall Break. Further, we understand that some students may have challenges meeting dress code expectations, so we want to remind families that we have skirts we can lend students for the year. Finally, we have a committee of parents, students, and faculty members who will be taking a closer look at the US dress code for next year.


Comments & Conferences

We will be mailing midterm comments on Thursday, October 31. Please keep an eye on your mailbox! The following week, we will have student/parent/advisor conferences on the evening of Thursday, November 7, and during the day on Friday, November 8. Keep an eye out for an email from your child’s advisor to set up a conference. If there is a particular time when you would prefer to meet, feel free to contact your advisor.