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School board to finalize Victoria dress code

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 16, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2010 at 8:17 p.m.


The Proposed 2010-11 Standardized Dress CodeShirts/ Blouses

Sleeved, buttoned, collared solid shirts only. All buttons buttoned with the exception of the collar button

Logos/ trademarks may not be larger than one inch. All VISD logos are permissible

School spirit shirts approved by the campus administrator, including T-shirts, may be worn

Heavy sweaters and other tops with elasticized waistbands, such as sweatshirts, may be worn untucked but can be no longer than the bottom of a back pocket on the pants or skirt.

All shirts/ blouses and undershirts must be tucked in

Outerwear jackets and coats may not contain logos or graphics (other than school logos or graphics). Trench coats are not allowed

No midriffs showing

No undergarments showing

No see-through fabrics

No graphics related to gangs, illegal activities or substances, glorifying blood, gore, etc.

Pants, Shorts, Skorts, and Capris

Pants, shorts, skorts, skirts or Capris pants for females; pants or shorts for males. Must be solid black, khaki, or navy blue in color. Jeans may also be worn

Shorts, skorts, and skirts with the bottoms no shorter than the fingertips when arms are naturally fully extended on the sides

Pants must be worn at the waist and be properly hemmed or cuffed and must have a belt. (Belt rule applies to secondary students only.)

Sweatpants, windpants, drawstring pants, warm-ups and nylon athletic shorts are not allowed; no leggings

Shoes

All shoes must have a back strap or closed heel

Flip-flops are not allowed (decorated or non-decorated). Sandals must have a back strap

Other:

Hats, hoodies or other head covers may not be worn inside the building

No bandanas

No torn clothing unless it has been patched and no skin shows

No accessories that could be used as weapons

No distracting jewelry or other accessories, including but not limited to mouth grillz, pocket or wallet chains, spiked or studded rings, collars or wrist bands

Grooming

No facial hair for males; no sideburns below the ear lobe

Male students may not wear earrings

No viewable body piercing of any kind other than earrings in girls' ears. (Girls may not have more than two earrings per ear)

No tattoos showing

No Mohawk hair cuts; no dreadlocks; hair must be of natural color

Extra-curricular Dress Code

The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity.

The school board meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the district administration building, 102 Profit Drive.

One Memorial High School student believes the standardized dress code will take away the students' individuality, but will make getting dressed easier in the mornings.

"The good thing when you wake up, you don't need to spend time looking at what you have to wear, you just automatically know," said Lakisha Foreman, a Memorial senior.

The new code will bog down the student individuality, she said.

Lakisha agreed with not allowing boys to wear pierced earrings, but questioned why girls can only have two ear piercings.

On Thursday, the Victoria school board is expected to adopt the finalized dress code for 2010-2011.

In December, the board voted 4 to 1 in favor of a standardized dress code.

The board has spent the time since then finalizing the details.

"We've made some refinements so that it would be ready to present to the rest of the district," said Lou Svetlik, board president.

The process for financial assistance is still being determined and will be solidified at a later date.

The board will also take action on selecting next school year's mascot and colors for Stroman Middle School, which is currently the Memorial High School Stroman Campus.

Stroman Middle School will replace Crain Middle School. Crain will become Crain Elementary School to replace Juan Linn Elementary, which will close at the end of this school year.

Just as the district involved students in deciding the mascots and colors for the new high schools, students were also involved in the same process for Stroman Middle School.

Students in grades fifth through seventh who will be attending Stroman gave suggestions. On Feb. 8, the VISD Student Leadership Team met, narrowed down the suggestion list, and made a final recommendation.

The leadership team is recommending to be the Stroman Middle School Vipers, and for the school colors to be black and blue.

Other top mascot candidates included the tiger and cowboy. Other popular colors included black and white and blue and white.

In other business, the board is expected to call the May 8 election.

The three seats that will expire in May are: James Murphy Sr. for District 1, Bernie Klimist for District 6, and Ray Walden for District 7.

Murphy was originally elected in 1989 and served until 1992, said Diane Boyett, VISD communications specialist. He re-joined the board in May 2004 and has been on the board since.

Klimist was first appointed to the board in May 2003 after Rosalinda Valderrama resigned, Boyett said. He was elected in May 2004, and has been on the board since.

Filings opened on Feb. 6 for any of these three seats. So far, Murphy and Klimist have each filed for re-election.

Michael DiSanto, commercial business developer for GE Betz, has filed for District 7.

Walden has previously stated he will not seek re-election.

The deadline to file for election is 5 p.m. March 8.

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