Kilts are falling out of fashion with Catholic high schools in Windsor-Essex.
The Windsor Essex Catholic District School board said it's moving away with the kilt because girls are rolling them up too high.
In recent years, several schools have switched to the skort, a skirt with shorts underneath.
Only Assumption and Brennan high schools, the board's two oldest schools, still allow kilts. The board sets general guidelines, but the final decision is ultimately up to each school, which receives input from parents' committees.
JoAnne Shea, superintendent of education, said there was "much discussion" about the move away from kilts.
Shea says girls were rolling waistbands down and hiking kilts up in an effort to shorten their overall length.
"Even when we moved to the skort, the waistbands were being adjusted again. You cannot do that," Shea said.
So, the board and a parents uniform advisory committee met with Freed's of Windsor, the board's uniform supplier, and made the necessary adjustments.
Some prefer kilts
Olivia Ibrahim is a Grade 9 student at Assumption High School, one of two schools that still allows kilts.
"I think it's very nice because it's more traditional," she said of the kilt. "It's nice to have a variety between the skort and the kilt. But I think they should just keep the kilt.
Ibrahim's mother, Karen Ibrahim, said she, too, prefers the kilt. She said the skorts are too short.
"Given the two choices, I would, myself, wear the kilt and I would prefer my daughter to wear it," Karen Ibrahim said. "It's more respectful, I think for the girls to be wearing a little bit longer."
In 2009, a school in Mississauga ran into problems with girls wearing their skirts too short. So it banned the kilt altogether.
At that time, the Windsor-Essex board said it would not ban the kilt.
Shea said even boys tend to tinker with uniforms, wearing pants too low, for example.
"We have adolescents we’re dealing with and they tend to put their own mark on what they’re wearing," Shea said. "We err on the side modesty. Bigger issues come into play with the warmer weather."
Uniforms aren't required at Catholic elementary schools.
"We don’t tend to dictate what you can and cannot wear," she said. "It’s not about who is best dressed. You just buy appropriate clothing."