The Flagler County School Board approved the advertisement for the new dress code proposal at its monthly meeting April 19.
At the start of the meeting, the board honored the district's Future Problem Solvers with a spotlight at the beginning of the meeting. The district sent 181 students to the statewide competition March 20-23 in Orlando.
The revised student dress code is scheduled for final board approval in June to take effect next school year.
The board voted 5-0 to allow advertising the new dress code with an amendment to return to requiring students to wear their school IDs.
Board member Cheryl Massaro said she was concerned that if a student was found unconscious and his phone was locked, he might not be identified right away.
Board member Jill Woolbright said while the requirement can be a headache for school deans to enforce, it originally stemmed from the Parkland shooting to identify those who are supposed to be on campus and those who are not.
The Board also approved advertising a more robust vaping and smoking policy. The new policy would prohibit vaping, smoking and all tobacco use by students, employees and visitors at schools and school-sponsored events.
“(Capturing Kids' Hearts) will help reconnect and build relationships among workforce, and it will be beneficial not only for staff and students but community and parents as well.”
The Board approved the district's partnership with “Capturing Kids’ Hearts,” a professional development program that focuses on relationships and communication through training, coaching and personalized support.
The total cost of the program is $420,900, which would be “one-time non-recurring dollars investing in our people,” said Bobby Bossardet, the district assistant superintendent of academic services.
The training program would include 650 school leaders and instructional staff representing all of the district’s schools.
“It will help reconnect and build relationships among workforce, and it will be beneficial not only for staff and students but community and parents as well,” Bossardet said.
The programs include Leadership Solutions and Campus Solutions with training sessions beginning in June and continuing through the 2022-23 school year.
Capturing Kids' Hearts also trains school leaders to be trainers.
The program has produced results in other districts, Bossardet said, including decreasing discipline referrals, increasing student attendance and test scores, increasing teacher attendance, decreasing teacher turnover and increasing parent and community relationships.