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Illinois school district bans pajamas for online school

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Studies show that remote online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with growing achievement gaps among students.

An Illinois school district is cracking down on remote learning dress codes, disallowing students from wearing pajamas while attending online classes.

The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education approved the district’s new handbook this week, which applies in-person dress codes to remote learning settings, NBC News reported.

“We don’t need students in pajamas and all those other things while on their Zoom conference,” Director of School Support Jason Wind said during a virtual school board meeting on Monday.

Students will also be required to get out of their beds and attend classes while sitting in a chair at home, upright and attentive to the instructor’s lessons.

The handbook states, “Hats, caps, bandanas, hoods of any type, sweatbands, sunglasses, pajama pants, slippers, or shoes with wheels attached to the bottom shall not be worn in the buildings,” and are applicable when virtual classes are in session.

“In our regular student dress code, it actually states that pajama pants and so forth are not acceptable school apparel,” Wind said.

Board member Judith Ann Johnson told NBC that students would be more focused if they are dressed and sitting to mirror typical classroom expectations.

“If you’re dressed nice you’re better able to perform,” she said, adding that wearing pajamas in class shows, “you’re not taking it seriously.”

Still, Johnson said that the dress code would be flexible in the same way typical dress codes apply when the school has in-person sessions.

“We do not intend to be punitive or to prescribe what students wear at home during remote learning, especially in this period of uncertainty and adjustment for students, families and staff,” she said. “If there is a specific concern as it relates to dress code, we will address it individually with the student and their family.”

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