From the section titled “Student Safety Rules” of the 2001-2002 Parent Handbook for Wells Memorial School in Harrisville, New Hampshire (emphasis mine):
- Students are not to leave the school grounds without permission.
- Students are to use school property with respect and concern for others.
- Students are expected to respect others’ rights while using the halls. This includes no running in the halls.
- Students are to follow the direction of staff members at all times.
- Children and adults will treat each other with respect and appropriate concern for health, safety, welfare, and the rights of others.
- Students shall not have gum, candy, or soda at school (except on special occasions).
- Students will dress appropriately while at school. Midriffs should be covered and there are to be no t-shirts with inappropriate pictures or words.
- Playground safety rules:
- Children are to remain on the playground away from the doors until the bell rings. They are not to enter without permission from the adult supervising.
- Students are responsible for respecting the rights and welfare of others on the playground.
- Students will follow the direction of the person supervising in all instances.
- The throwing of snowballs and making tunnels on school property is not permitted.
- Sliding on the ice on the playground is not permitted.
- Games with rough physical contact and tackle football are not permitted.
- Students are not allowed to take their shirts off.
- In order to play in the snow, snow pants, boots, and mittens or gloves must be worn.
- During lunch time appropriate eating behavior and manners are expected.
I’m trying very hard to conjure and image the meeting of the school safety committee where the “Students are not allowed to take their shirts off.” rule was established. What safety issue brought on this rule? A rash of severe sunburns? Children irrationally taking off their shirts in mid-winter? Imagine.