The Flagler County School Board seems poised to adopt a more liberal dress code for next school year.
At its information workshop on March 22, board members heard a staff proposal for revisions to the student dress code based on recommendations from students, parents and school staffers.
The board decided to add the issue to the April 5 agenda workshop and vote on a final proposal at a June board meeting.
The recommendations would allow any solid or patterned shirt that covers bicep to bicep, neckline to waist. Midriffs could not be seen when arms are raised. Currently, shirts must have a collar and middle and elementary students are limited to specific colors.
Pants, shorts and skirts would be allowed with any solid color or pattern, no shorter than mid-thigh. Rips and tears above mid-thighs would not be allowed to expose skin.
Pants, shorts and skirts would be allowed with any solid color or pattern, no shorter than mid-thigh. Rips and tears above mid-thighs would not be allowed to expose skin. Currently, pants, shorts and skirts must be within four inches above the knee and tears or holes in pants are not allowed.
Board member Jill Woolbright said some of the language in the recommendations seem vague but added this is the perfect time to revise the dress code because the pandemic caused schools to lose control of the current dress code.
“Once you lose control, you can’t go back,” she said. “When we do get a dress code, kids will push the boundaries. I know it's subjective, campus to campus. We really need consistency.”
Cheryl Massaro said wording that bans sleepwear should be tweaked to allow pajama day as a homecoming event.
Marquez Jackson, the district’s director of student services, presented the recommendations. He said children feel like they’re part of the school when they’re comfortable in their clothes.
“I think we have to keep in mind (students’) mental health state,” Jackson said. “Some kids are not comfortable in their bodies. Some kids wear hoodies in 95-degree weather.”