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Following Tallahassee's lead, Pinellas tweaks dress code



The days of droopy pants – or clothing that reveals underwear or skin – are numbered for Florida students.

State legislators passed a law this year banning saggy clothing in schools starting in the 2011-12 school year, and those found in violation could miss extracurricular activities or face in-school suspension.

The new requirements will be added to Pinellas schools’ code of student conduct, which went  through a first revision at Tuesday's School Board meeting. Included in the proposal are the consequences of such violations, and some board members were quick to point out that these are not their idea.

“Those are state consequences, not this board’s policies,” said Robin Wikle, school board vice-chairwoman.

Chairwoman Carol Cook noted that the list of punishments overlooks a simpler, more immediate solution: by asking offending students to change.

“It doesn’t say clothing violation can be rectified, that they can change their clothes, change their shirts, or turn it inside or out whatever they want to do,” she said.

The code revision is expected to be discussed at a board workshop next month.

- Sylvia Lim, Times correspondent

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:50pm]


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