Revised CASD dress code permits more clothes styles

The changes followed intensive campaigns over the last 3 years by parents unhappy with exactly what they saw as stiff guidelines outlining what their children could or might not wear to school.

"It's revitalizing to see that when the public speaks they are being heard," said district resident Sally Brooks in a post in the Facebook group "Take Back Our Schools" following the release of the brand-new dress code.

She called the new dress code "reasonable" and stated it concentrates on "typical modesty and common sense" while allowing district children flexibility of expression.

"I think that these were the goals of everybody associated with this problem," she said.

Moms and dad Noel Keen, another leader in the motion to get the dress code altered, stated she is excited about the brand-new dress code guidelines and regulations.

She said she felt the neighborhood effort had made a distinction in getting the code changed.

"It's a great way to head into the summertime," she said.

The brand-new guidelines alleviate up on the type of clothes that is appropriate in classrooms across the district, particularly primary and middle school class.

The most significant modification is probably the addition of graphics and designs on tops such as T-shirts. For the last three years those tops have actually needed to be plain, without any kind of graphics.

Now the only restrictions are that graphics on clothing can't consist of referrals to alcohol, drugs, weapons, tobacco or sexual undertones.

Gang-affiliated outfit and accessories are still banned in the schools, consisting of signs, indications, tattoos, hairstyles or other items "which are evidence of membership in or association with, recruitment or desire to be connected with a gang."

A modification for elementary students is the addition of sweatpants, yoga trousers, athletic pants and shorts in the allowed clothes for those ages.

Hooded sweat shirts, or "hoodies," have also been a huge issue for all students under the prior dress code.

Beginning with the new academic year, hoodies can be worn by elementary school students during recess in addition to and from school. Middle school and high school students can continue to use hoodies to and from school but must put them in a locker throughout the school day.

The brand-new guidelines permit leggings and leggings under skirts or dresses however not instead of using pants. They can be any color or pattern.

There is also a modification of policy when it concerns colors and patterns on clothes. Now trousers or "bottoms" can be any color or pattern other than for solid white.

Pajama bottoms, athletic wear, skin-tight pants or sweatpants are still restricted.

Hair color for high school students is a huge modification in the policy. Now fluorescent and rainbow colors are allowed as hair colors.

Permitted hair colors for students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade have to still be shades of blonde, black, auburn or red and brunette, including highlights.

Students' hair have to still be worn in a way where their vision is not blocked, and which does not hinder the vision of others or interfere with or sidetrack the educational process.

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