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Placer High dress code, other rules met with mixed feelings

By: Alexandra Garner Special to the Journal
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With the new school year now in full swing, rules are being introduced and enforced at Placer High School. While class has only been in session for about two-and-a-half weeks, various guidelines are already being observed. “The two new rules are the prohibition of skateboards, and the dress code,” said Placer High School principal, Peter Efstathiu. Mixed feelings were in the air when such rules were announced and students expressed their different viewpoints on the new rules. While some are happy skateboards are no longer allowed on campus, others are upset. “I think the idea of not allowing skateboards on campus is bad because it forces kids to have alternative modes of transportation, which can be tough on both them and the family,” said Placer High senior, Nicholas Reed. On the other hand, Christina Lehigh, another Placer senior, approves of the new rule. “I like the no skating rule because they’re annoying and they cut you off,” she said. The reason for the elimination of skateboards this year is because “it’s a safety hazard,” Efstathiu said Along with the skateboard restriction, a slight change has been made in the school dress code. Some students could have more freedom in what they can wear. For example, females are now able to wear strapless dresses to school. Elaina Lewis, a Placer senior, favors this. “I can now wear all my favorite dresses,” she said. Reed doesn’t agree, and said that “the dress code is distracting because it forces my eyes away from my papers.” In addition to these two changes in school regulations, parking permits are now mandatory at the high school. On Friday, Aug. 24, students lined up to get a permit. Without it, students aren’t allowed to park in any of Placer’s parking lots. “The only positive I see in it is that the students are the only ones allowed to park,” Lehigh said. Efstathiu said instituting the use of permits was done to stop students from parking in the staff area and to limit local residents from parking in the school lots. “Parking permits allow us to know who owns the car,” he said. While Placer’s student body gets used to these new rules for the school year, for some, there’s no need to worry. “Parking permits don’t affect me because I walk to school, not drive,” Reed said.