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Old 08-01-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Was she naked and barefoot the day before yesterday? Didn't she already own at least a few perfectly good pairs of underwear and socks in good condition? Did she not take care of the backpack she had last year? And why two pairs of flip flops? Summer's almost over; surely she has at least one pair in useable condition still? FOUR pairs of jeans? Do you really expect her to get that filthy that you'd need four pairs of jeans? I mean, unless she rides a horse to school or something...
I'd get her two bras. She'll probably outgrow them before the winter but she'll need to wear one pair while the other is in the wash.
A "bunch" of tops? Eh. The weather won't change so drastically between now and a month from now that most of the tops she already owns won't be fine. I'd definitely get her a few new ones.

In short, your daughter doesn't need a new wardrobe. She just needs a few of pieces to augment what she already has. I'd have her toss the dingiest of last year's undies and socks, and let her pick out a 3-pack of each. I'm just having a really hard time imagining a middle-school girl being THAT disgusting that her current wardrobe isn't at least in wearable condition, tha would make you think you need to buy a whole new one.
I couldn't agree more. I've never really gotten the whole "lets get our kids new wardrobes for the new school year" idea. The clothes they've been wearing all summer will get them through the first 4 or so weeks. Then, throughout the year just buy her new stuff as she needs it.
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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I totally understand, appreciate, and agree with the idea of getting some new pieces for a new year at school. Especially when the kid's going to Middle School for the first time. Even if most of the kids are the same kids she's seen every year prior to that. New place, new curriculum, new teachers, new method of learning, new phase in her life, new rites of passage. That definitely calls for some new clothes!

I just don't see the point in four pairs of jeans, plus four pairs of shorts, plus four pairs of shoes and a "bunch" of shirts? She's not heading off to college yet. It's still just middle school.
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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My girls like to have a new top or two at the beginning of the year, and usually, last year's sneakers are trashed (they spend the summer in flip flops and sandals), so we have to buy those items. Most of time, however, we just buy clothes as we need them. Also, I don't like dealing with the crowds that these back-to-school events draw, so we just wait until the retail scene settles down.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:34 PM
 
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They've been permitted at all the schools I have ever gone to.
As long as your buttcrack isn't showing they don't measure how far your pants are up on your waist.
And I hate shoes, I have tennis shoes for when I work out, boots for my uniform and the rest of the time I am in flip flops.
The public schools here do not allow flip flops. In general flip flops are considered beach wear, not something to wear to school (or work). Here the kids have to have closed toed shoes. Too much of a chance of something falling on your toes otherwise.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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I do agree that flip flops shouldn't be allowed in school, but that is a rather stupid reason. I live in a city of 8 million people and I still manage to wear flop flops up and down the subway steps and i wear them to commute and change into my heels at work.
Avoiding concussions among high school students is stupid? It can and has happened. That's why they are not permitted.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:50 PM
 
Location: BK All Day
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Avoiding concussions among high school students is stupid? It can and has happened. That's why they are not permitted.
Thats not what I meant and you know it!

A girl at my college jumped out the window and killed herself. It can and it did happen yet the windows still open.

My friend was hit by a train at college while walking drunk home one night. It can and it did happen yet trains still go down the tracks.

I do not think high school students should be allowed to wear flip flops because I think students should be required to look nice to school and flip flops are weekend/beach wear.

I wear flip flops during my work commute I have had my foot stomped on, cut, and bloodied by people in hard soled shoes and heels. I still wear flip flops. I think I have a heck of a better chance of someone stepping on my shoe in a city of 8 million people than anyone in high school does. I am sure people have gotten concussions from this but maybe we should teach the students to walk a little bit more carefully instead of nixing flip flops.

Just my two cents.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:58 PM
 
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Thats not what I meant and you know it!

A girl at my college jumped out the window and killed herself. It can and it did happen yet the windows still open.

My friend was hit by a train at college while walking drunk home one night. It can and it did happen yet trains still go down the tracks.

I do not think high school students should be allowed to wear flip flops because I think students should be required to look nice to school and flip flops are weekend/beach wear.

I wear flip flops during my work commute I have had my foot stomped on, cut, and bloodied by people in hard soled shoes and heels. I still wear flip flops. I think I have a heck of a better chance of someone stepping on my shoe in a city of 8 million people than anyone in high school does. I am sure people have gotten concussions from this but maybe we should teach the students to walk a little bit more carefully instead of nixing flip flops.

Just my two cents.
I did not make up the concussion story.

Our schools here are very crowded. 5,000 students on one campus. I rode the subway in NYC for years. Passing time in the last HS I taught at was pretty similar to rush hour at Grand Central Station. Except it happens 9 times a day instead of twice. There have been MANY incidents with students wearing flip flops in crowded high schools. That's why they are not permitted.

I am a teacher. I don't make the rules. Some rules truly are stupid (who cares if kids wear baseball caps?) but I can see the logic behind the flip flop rule.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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In my area, there isn't a single local school that allows flip flops. Most don't allow open-toed shoes of any kind. It's pretty standard dress code.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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In my area, there isn't a single local school that allows flip flops. Most don't allow open-toed shoes of any kind. It's pretty standard dress code.

It's the same around here. Most schools are no open-toed shoes. Elementary schools are also no back-less shoes.

About the jumping out of windows thing, Cal State Fullerton out here had a rash of people jumping off balconies one year. I'm not sure why as it's not a hard school at all. Anyway, that is the reason why there are no balconies on the campus. All existing balconies were taken off, and no new balconies were ever built.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: BK All Day
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About the jumping out of windows thing, Cal State Fullerton out here had a rash of people jumping off balconies one year. I'm not sure why as it's not a hard school at all. Anyway, that is the reason why there are no balconies on the campus. All existing balconies were taken off, and no new balconies were ever built.
We didn't have balconies at my school either. Simply windows that opened. She pushed the screen out and jumped from 7 stories up. Her roommate saw her do it. It was over a guy.

Here is a little story for anyone who wants to know..

Times-Gazette.com - Services help students deal with death on campus / Giselle M. Updegraff apparently leaped from seventh-floor dorm room early Sunday
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