The new school year has seen Manchester High doing away with the ban on wearing hair extensions for its female students. The modernized rules were distributed to parents before the reopening of school on Monday.
Sigrid Miller, Manchester’s Dean of Discipline, says this could be a template for other schools to follow. She stated that the decision to revise the rule was in contemplation of parent’s concerns, including an evaluation that shows that students wear hair extensions modestly.
Miller said, “What we used to have in recent times is that students would discreetly wear the extensions – those students, in particular, had a problem getting the hair in a bun, or getting it together in one.” Continuing, she voiced that it was so discreet that it did not distract from the teaching and learning process.
Students have already begun to welcome the change and administrators of the school are delighted to note that no violations have been perceived.
The Ministry of Education does not forbid extensions and has chastised many schools who have banned students from school for this reason.
Alando Terrelonge, State Minister of Culture, commends Manchester High on its innovative policy review, adding that students with hair different conditions will benefit from it. Terrelonge, who wears dreadlocks, declared, “Persons need to understand that there are some students who suffer from varying types of hair conditions, issues like alopecia…students who are cancer patients…wigs and hair extensions might be allowed.”