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Online Learning Free Dress: Beneficial Or Distracting?

When your alarm for school goes off in the morning, you now have the choice to get ready as you usually would or not get ready at all. It’s completely up to you. At school, people usually wear a CB shirt and pants. But due to the pandemic, school is online and students are allowed […]

When your alarm for school goes off in the morning, you now have the choice to get ready as you usually would or not get ready at all. It’s completely up to you.

At school, people usually wear a CB shirt and pants. But due to the pandemic, school is online and students are allowed more freedom to wear what they want. We know what students used to wear, but what do they wear now and how does it affect the way they learn?

Since the first week of school, Cate Harty (’22) has worn pajamas or workout clothes. She says dressing like this allows her to be less focused on what she’s wearing and feel more comfortable. However, when asked if Cate feels less focused at home, she replied, “yes, probably because I don’t have an environment that motivates me.” In an unfamiliar school setting, free dress helps Cate adjust and learn comfortably.

Cate’s twin sister Paige Harty (’22) started the school year wearing a Christian Brothers shirt and comfortable pants, but now she only wears workout clothes. Paige said that she feels tired and less focused when she wears pajamas to online learning, and she’s more awake when she wears regular clothes. Although her dress code is more relaxed, Paige still tries to get ready for school in a way that makes her feel better prepared.

During online learning, teachers are also able to have a looser dress code, but religious studies teacher Mrs. Jennifer Lystrup still tries to keep it professional. Since the first week of school this year, she has kept her dress attire professional with a nice CB shirt and a skirt or jeans. Dress code is important to her and she feels it impacts her teaching mindset.

“I feel like I need to show up professionally,” she says. Mrs. Lystrup also feels dress code has an impact on students’ learning mindsets. To her, it is still important that students are dressed appropriately and present themselves neatly.

My freshman sister Aryah Hubbard (‘24), wears a CB shirt and basketball shorts on a typical online learning day. She does feel less focused at home, but not because of what she wears.

“I think my learning environment affects my mindset more than my clothes,” Aryah says.

Dress code has a different impact on everyone’s school mindset, and it is in our hands. Pajamas are now an option, but it seems that wearing them makes students less focused, so the better option would be to wear clothes that make you feel productive. For me, that is a nice shirt and running shorts, but I would definitely trade t-shirts and workout clothes for the regular CB uniform and in person school any day.

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