Supt. Burr on prom: 'We made sure that guidelines were set well in advance'

School Supt. Freeman Burr
School Supt. Freeman Burr

Shelton School Supt. Freeman Burr has released the following statement concerning the controversy about appropriate attire for the Shelton High School prom on May 16:

“Those attending next weekend’s Junior/Senior Prom have been made aware of what has been deemed ‘appropriate’ dress, which is included in the student handbook that is provided at the beginning of each school year.

“Recently however, some students began sharing photos of their prom dresses to administrators and staff, in which a handful were considered inappropriate, too revealing and overexposed.

“That is when the decision was made by the headmaster [Beth Smith] to recently re-iterate the appropriate dress guidelines.

“At this point, we are aware of six or seven dresses that have been deemed inappropriate. However, there will still be an opportunity for those students who want to appeal that, to do so on Monday.

Advisory committee decides

“Students also have the option, should they have any questions, to have their dresses looked by an advisory committee made up of female staff within the school district and the headmaster," Burr continued. "Some students and, in some cases parents, have utilized that option.

“We made sure that guidelines were set well in advance of this event, so that both students and their parents were aware of our expectations, due to the fact that in years past, some very questionable dresses were worn by a few to [the] prom.

“We don't want to turn anyone away at the door ... What we want [is] to be a safe memorable evening for everyone.”

The Shelton High School Junior/Senior Prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.