A relaxed dress code for next school year will be headed to the Flagler County School Board in June for approval.
Board members looked over an updated draft at their agenda workshop on April 5.
Their latest changes were tweaks that had more to do with language than changes to the proposals.
The new code will allow any solid or patterned shirt that covers shoulders and midriff. Small logos are acceptable. Flagler Schools sponsored shirts, including sports jerseys, will be allowed. School Board member Colleen Conklin suggested adding any community team jerseys.
Pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, yoga pants and sweat pants, all worn securely at the waist and no shorter than mid-thigh, will be acceptable. Board Chair Trevor Tucker suggested that the draft should be amended to read, "no rips or tears above mid-thigh," instead of rips and tears above mid-thigh "must not expose skin or undergarments."
Flip flops will be allowed for high school students. Elementary school students must wear fully-enclosed shoes. Board member Jill Woolbright suggested that flat shoes should be added to the elementary students' requirement, saying that some young girls wear high heels, which are unsafe for some school activities.
Pajamas and sheer or lace fabrics won't be allowed. Head coverings will not be allowed inside the buildings.
"One of the things we heard in feedback was that the dress code be enforced equitably from kindergarten to 12th grade."
John Fanelli, the district's coordinator of student supports and behavior, and Marquez Jackson, the student services director, presented the dress code recommendations based on suggestions from a wide range of stakeholders including parents, students, instructors and administrators.
The latest draft contained adjustments suggested by board members at their March 22 workshop.
"One of the things we heard in feedback was that the dress code be enforced equitably from kindergarten to 12th grade," Fanelli said.
Fanelli said one change suggested by school deans was that students in grades 6-12 could show a digital picture of their school IDs on their phones instead of being required to present their IDs at all times.
Board member Cheryl Massaro said the the dress code "started out crazy, and now it's brought in where it needs to be."