Dress Code for Sweaty School Administrators.

Come on.  We’ve talked about this.

Have we learned nothing over the course of 530 blog posts?sweat


One more time, then you’re on your own.

If you are a school administrator, it is considered a social faux pas to wear a blue dress shirt before the first Monday in September.


Because it’s Labor Day.

Actually, Labor Day has nothing to do with it.  Labor Day has to do with the deaths of factory workers (not a lot of laughs in this blog…).

My point is when school starts it’s hot.

Really hot.

Like surface of Venus hot (Google it).

It can be 42 degrees the day before school starts and I will guarantee you it will be 112 when the students show up.

In the shade.

It has to be, it’s the law (Google it).

Yet, every year some hotshot young principal shows up at school with his brand new blue dress shirt he just bought at Kohl’s (free plug… so feel free to send me some free stuff).

The shirts are fine.

The color is not.

You cannot stand up in front of several hundred students and preach to them about the consequences of their behavior over the course of the next 9 months and not sweat.

Trust me, I’ve tried.

Your back basically becomes a waterfall.

Which in turn makes your underwear droopy and your socks soggy.

Or so, I hear.

Now think what this does to your brand new precious Kohl’s blue dress shirt (seriously… two free plugs and I’ve got nothing).

So do what I do.

Wear white.

At least until Labor Day.

You’ll still sweat, but at least the rest of us won’t have to see it.

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Back to School Clothes: One of the Many Reasons I Have “Edusomnia”.

Dress Code Violation!!!It’s here.

There’s no mistaking it.

I have taken my dress shirts to the cleaners, purchased some new ties, and woken up in the middle of the night thinking about things I need to do at work (my mother-in-law refers to this as “edusomnia”).

These are all telltale signs that the beginning of a new school year is about to slap me upside the head.

And mark my word, there is nothing worse than a slap upside the head when you are wearing a perfectly starched dress shirt, a new tie, and you’re in a sleep deprived fog.

How do I know?

This will be my 7th year as a school administrator.

When I started, I wouldn’t have bet you a dollar that I would survive to see year #2.

But I’ve made it. Which guarantees me nothing.

Nothing but another year of facing the same challenges. And some sleepless nights.

Followed by sleepy days.

First up on the Trouble Agenda…

…the ever popular dress code violation.

As I type this blog, parents are taking their children shopping for school clothes.

That’s a good thing.

But with the good always comes some bad (like you get your first teaching job… the good… then the principal assigns you lunch duty… the bad).

The bad news with shopping for school clothes is parents and students are making purchases/decisions that will haunt school administrators (and cause them to be even more restless sleepers… if that’s possible).

I know it’s going to happen and yet I’m powerless to stop it.

School clothes are my Kryptonite.

Ripped jeans, inappropriate t-shirts, short shorts… they are all being rung up at the register at a Kohl’s near you.

All items bought and paid for by Mom and Dad.

Even worse, Mom and Dad approved of these clothes.

I can hear it now… “My mom said this _________ (shirt, shorts, jeans, etc.) was fine for school.”

Those words will be uttered thousands of times in the next few weeks.

Followed by “Do you have any idea how much this (shirt, shorts, jeans, etc) cost?”

No I don’t.

But I do know that reading the handbook is free. Which might be a good idea before going shopping.

Just a suggestion Mom and Dad… keep your receipts, just in case.

If you do that, I promise to try and get some sleep.

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