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School board graded on dress code interpretation

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
Nov. 18, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.


IN OTHER NEWSThe board approved its 2011-12 school calendar. School will begin Aug. 22, 2011 and end May 31, 2012. Teachers will report for duty Aug. 12, 2011 and finish June 1, 2012.

The board also heard the Fine Arts Center is scheduled to be completed on Dec. 31 because of weather delays and problems with a steel contractor.

The school board and its audience scored a C on a dress-code pop quiz at the regular meeting Thursday.

"What we found out was, basically, that at all of our schools - secondary schools - there is a lack of consistency throughout the district," said Eric Amsler, an East High School assistant principal.

The board and audience used electronic clickers to select dress-code appropriate of actual students on a giant screen.

Amsler and a group of secondary campus administrators made the presentation as a part of the first dress code update for the district.

The administrators explained their most recent problems are with out-of-dress-code jackets and hoodies. Secondary administrators at some campuses will allow some designs while others will not. Some board members disagreed with the group over whether a solid hoodie was unacceptable because of an inseam, or a plaid jacket because of the design.

Board member Michael DiSanto said with the cold weather, it's more important to focus on the students staying warm than dress code technicalities.

"One of the worst things that can happen, I think, is that you're sending a child to (in-school suspension) or home because they wore a jacket to stay warm," he said.

On the flipside, the group said they were seeing less of "the Three B's," the breasts, bellies and bottoms.

"As a whole, overall, we are doing a great job. The kids are looking so good," said Yolanda Torres, a Stroman Middle School assistant principal. "But these are just the things we need to look at."

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