Local School Bans Yoga Pants
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.