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The Wolf Howl

The Student News Site of Chandler High School

The Wolf Howl

P.E. Dress Out Troubles Chandler High Students

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Angela Carlton

There is no denying that dressing out for P.E. is necessary. Without a mandatory dress-out for P.E., students would likely go to the gym wearing everyday clothes that may not be suitable for the exercises they do in class. However, several students agree that there are some issues regarding the P.E. dress-out requirements at Chandler High.

Anyone who has or is currently taking a physical education course at CHS is likely already aware of the requirements: a CHS P.E. shirt, basic athletic pants or shorts in CHS colors, and athletic shoes. P.E. teachers recommend that students have at least two shirts, two pairs of pants or shorts, and one pair of athletic shoes.

Generic athletic bottoms and shoes are easy to obtain. Various retail stores sell athletic bottoms and shoes for relatively low prices. However, getting the CHS P.E. shirt can be a struggle. The shirt is exclusively available at the campus Bookstore for $7.50. While students have a week to obtain the shirt, this can still be problematic. The shirt is less easily accessible for families struggling with finances, especially since the recent pandemic. Some students are also unable to buy the shirts for other reasons.

Samantha Bourland, a strong supporter of the use of dress-out, even agrees in saying, “I think that we should not have to wear specific shirts. We should be able to wear tank tops or other clothes that WE feel comfortable wearing.”

Another issue with the dress-out requirements is its conflict with cultural clothing, most notably for Muslim students. Islam has a code of modesty, with both boys and girls typically wearing clothes that cover large portions of their skin. To comply with both the dress-out requirements and their culture, many Muslim students layer on additional clothing, or walk around in the heat while their friends are swimming on block days.

Chandler High’s P.E dress-out requirements need some tweaks. When surveyed, one Chandler student suggested, “They should allow spaghetti straps, allow breathable clothing such as workout clothing, even permit wearing sports bras with no shirt.”

To fix the issue, instead of forcing students to wear such a specific set of clothes, we should require students to bring and change into their own workout outfits that make them feel comfortable.

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About the Contributor
Angela Carlton, Entertainment Editor
The one that does a lot of game-related reviews. Angela Carlton is a senior at Chandler High and the Editor of Wolf Howls Entertainment section. She joined the Newspaper Staff as a junior, after being recommended by her teacher. When asked about her initial reaction to being accepted into the club, she said, “I was really excited because it was something new and something I had never really done before”. Over the past year, she’s noticed a huge difference in her journalistic work, noting the major improvement just between her stories in the spring and winter issues last year. As the Entertainment Editor, Angela also had some great advice for people that are new to journalism, "Try to experiment with different topics and see what you really like, don’t be afraid to branch out into different sections”.