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Draft uniform policy standardizes dress across Pinellas and restricts mowhawks, makeup



rayhawk.JPGA draft uniform policy up for discussion during a Pinellas County school board workshop tomorrow standardizes student dress across schools to blue, white and khaki, with an allowance for schools to add their own color to the mix.

The three-page policy, which superintendent Julie Janssen is proposing be implemented in all elementary and middle schools, also includes language about body piercings, hair color and styles and makeup application that "is not within the acceptable standards" and is determined by the principal to be distracting.

So, that would mean no Rayhawks, right?

It does include a few exceptions: for religious beliefs, for free speech exercised with buttons, for disability and for youth organization uniforms like Girl and Boy Scouts.

The workshop, originally scheduled for 9 a.m. at the district headquarters in Largo, has been rescheduled for 10 a.m., with discussion of uniforms and other student assignment proposals (here and here) scheduled for 1 p.m. (While they are public meetings, workshops don't usually allow for public comment, nor are any votes taken.)

[Last modified: Monday, October 4, 2010 1:57pm]


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