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Local School Bans Yoga Pants

Oak Grove School no longer allowed form-fitting spandex pants like leggings or yoga pants at school.

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -- A staple in many teen girls' closets, yoga pants, are being banned at Oak Grove this year.

The school already had guidelines for students wearing leggings or yoga pants.

They prefer their students dress modestly.

But they say those rules weren't being followed.

Now, spandex pants for students of all ages are not allowed.

Kirsten Bokinsie/Senior: "They're more comfortable than regular pants."

Bokinskie says just about every girl she knows has a pair of leggings in her closet.

But they probably won't be wearing them to class anytime soon.

Bokinsie: "It's kind of unfortunate because I have quite a few leggings and yoga pants in my wardrobe!"

School administrators at Oak Grove revised the dress code this year, saying form-fitting spandex pants are no longer allowed.

Darrin Roach/High School Principal & Superintendent: "We want modesty within our student body and we want the academics to be our focus, and not the distractions that may be going on within the classrooms and the hallways."

Neither Fargo, West Fargo, nor Moorhead School Districts specifically mention yoga pants or leggings in their dress codes.

Bokinskie: "Because we are a private school, we should be held to some higher standards."

Park Christian school's 2013-2014 handbook says leggings are allowed, but only if worn under a long shirt or dress.

That's similar to what Oak Grove's policy used to be - but they felt a change was necessary.

Bokinsie: "People just didn't really follow the rules, I guess, and wear shirts that were long enough or dresses that were long enough."

Oak Grove announced the policy change at the end of last Spring so students and parents were prepared well before they did their back-to-school shopping.

Becky Parker

Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.   At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization.   Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo.   If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at

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