Ottawa School Dress Code: French Catholic School Board unacceptably calls Blitz a local high school Pi News

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The French Catholic School Board in Ottawa says the way a local high school dress code was enforced this week is unacceptable.

In a letter to families on Saturday, Mark Bedrand, director of education for the Conseil des ├ęcoles catholiques du Center-Est (CECCE), said many students met with students and teachers at Beatrice-Deslox High School on Friday. Most of the women were subjected to a dress code test on the length of their shorts.

“Let the school board staff come to school early on Friday morning and spend the day meeting with many students and staff to shed light on the situation,” the letter said in French.

Bertrand said the investigation found that members of the school administration and some staff conducted the dress code Blitz and that an unspecified number of students, most of them women, were invited into the hallways.

“Some students were told to bend their legs back at the knees because the shorts they were wearing were standing to check if they fit the dress code,” Bertrand said.

He said no student was told to bend over and no student’s clothing was measured by the ruler, as described in some versions of the events circulating online, but he admitted that many of the students felt humiliated and humiliated.

“This dress code verification technique is not promoted by CECCE and is not acceptable,” Bertrand wrote. “All students should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. No student should be subjected to such testing of his or her clothes and should not be challenged in front of his or her peers. The strategy adopted by the school last Thursday unfortunately did not reflect these values, which are very dear to CECCE.


The board cites a police response

Students at Beatrice-Desloges staged a walkout on Friday afternoon. During the incident, police arrived there and the video shows an officer pushing a boy onto a ship at one point. Police said one person was arrested but released without charge of tickets or fees.

Bertrand said police were called to ensure safety as some students took to the streets and stopped traffic. At one point, a small group of students from another school board came in the car, walked around unsafely through the crowd and did not cooperate, at which point police intervened, he said. None of the students from Beatrice-Deslox were arrested.

At 12:45 pm the struggle ended and the students returned to study.

“The management of the Conseil des ├ęcoles catholiques du Center-Est regrets this decision and would like to apologize to the students and families affected by these events,” Bertrand said. “Follow-ups are underway at all CECCE schools to ensure that such a situation does not recur.”

Fredrand said Education Superintendent Jason Dupuis will come to the school on Monday to follow up with the students involved or their parents.