Elementary school parents want graphic tees included in dress code

Matanzas principal Jeff Reaves will take over as the district's director of teaching and learning

Former Matanzas principal Jeff Reaves is the district's new director of teaching and learning. File photo
Former Matanzas principal Jeff Reaves is the district's new director of teaching and learning. File photo
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The Flagler County School District got its feedback after advertising a recommended new dress code for the upcoming school year. Now, the School Board will get to vote on a final policy at its July 19 meeting.

At an agenda workshop on July 5, John Fanelli, the school district's coordinator of student behavior and conduct, presented the board with feedback from the district’s Let’s Talk webpage.

The recommendation that drew the most complaints was not allowing graphic designs for elementary school students.

“Twenty-seven elementary (parents) asked for graphic tees — dinosaurs, airplanes or superheroes,” Fanelli said.

Board member Colleen Conklin said she thought graphics could be acceptable as long as they are appropriate.

Six comments in the elementary section asked for Croc style shoes to be allowed for the younger students with the backstrap worn at all times. That would require enforcement, Fanelli said. In the dress code committee meetings, school employees had complained about issues with Croc style shoes in the younger grades that included falling off, leading to injury and even ending up on a roof.

Seven elementary school commenters said they preferred uniforms or the current dress code because they were affordable and reduced bullying. Nine liked the recommended revised code. Some liked the recommended mid-thigh rule, allowing rips and tears on jeans up to the mid-thigh.

Some secondary comments asked for equitable enforcement across the campuses. Fanelli said there has been discussions at dean meetings about what equitable enforcement will look like.

Ten secondary commenters approved the advertised dress code.


At its June 30 special meeting, the board approved transfers or changes in designation involving district staff members.

Matanzas High School principal Jeff Reaves has been transferred to the district office to replace LaShakia Moore as the director of teaching and learning. Reaves' transfer opens up the principal position at Matanzas. 

Moore was promoted last month to assistant superintendent of academic services, replacing Bobby Bossardet, who was appointed principal at Flagler Palm Coast High School.

Other changes included Kimberli Halliday, who had been an assistant principal on special assignment, becoming director of Exceptional Student Education. Halliday replaced Martha von Mering.

Robert Ouellette, the coordinator of professional standards, is now the director of organizational talent.


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