The winter of 2013-2014 has been particularly harsh in the Northeast. By February 18, a weather report by the National Weather Service noted that the 2013-2014 total seasonal snowfall at Central Park to 56.6 inches, enough for the seventh-place spot on the seasonal snowfall records, which go back to 1868.
By March, there were reports that “March has been so cold it’s felt more like a typical January, when the average temperature is 23.6. NY area temperature cracked 50 degrees twice in March. December, January and February were all below normal, too.”
All this to say that while the harsh conditions took their toll on attitudes and bouts of cabin fever set in, the cold temperatures also kept layers of clothing on the students, grades 7-12. There have been no shorts and no tank tops in sight;dress flip flops have not been seen since last October. Students have been bundled in sweatshirts, fleece, and baggy sweatpants; hormones kept wrapped up, which means there have been few excuses to be distracted by low cut blouses, short skirts, or muscle T’s.
Winter is exhausting, but the perks of all that snow, slush, and ice is in letting educators avoid those inappropriate clothing confrontations. A bad winter equals an enforced dress code by default.