Public schools should enforce dress codes

Irritant clothing Hot pants ban: can school have a dress code?

30 degrees, longing for an outdoor swimming pool - but it will still take until the summer holidays. Many schoolgirls wear hot pants, summer dresses and the like in the morning to survive the school day in such hot temperatures. One school in Baden-Württemberg goes too far: provocative clothing in the school is no longer tolerated. The topic of dress code in schools is heating up the minds this summer - but are schools in Germany allowed to enforce a dress code?

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No more hot pants in the playground: School forbids irritating clothing

Belly-free tops, tight hot pants, a lot of bare skin - no elevator to go to school, thinks the school management of a Werkrealschule in Horb-Altheim. The parents were informed by letter that provocative clothing worn by schoolgirls will in future be punished with fines, reports the "Black Forest Messenger". The letter says: "Anyone who is dressed too provocatively (for example, cropped shirt, hot pants ...) will receive a large T-shirt from the school that he / she has to put on by the end of the school day." This interim solution should apply until the next school year. A fixed dress code is to be issued for the students for the new school year.

Are schools in Germany allowed to issue dress codes?

The Baden-Württemberg School is not alone: ​​Every summer, dress codes in schools are discussed again. But what about the fashion choices of the students as an expression of their individuality? After all, the general right of personality from Article 2, Paragraph 1 of the Basic Law (GG) grants everyone the basic freedom to freely design their appearance in terms of clothing or hairstyle. "The school is not entitled to use one's own moral standards as a yardstick for correct clothing," said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Culture in Stuttgart. So far, there is no dress code in public schools in Germany.

However, the school management is allowed to intervene if hot pants and other tight summer outfits endanger the peace at school. This is the case, for example, when students are distracted from classmates by provocative clothing. The general right of personality can in fact be restricted by other legal requirements: For example, by the general duty of consideration from Section 241 (2) of the German Civil Code (BGB).

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