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Pinellas board delays decision on dress codes



The Pinellas County School Board voted Tuesday to delay making a decision on proposed dress codes for nine schools. Instead, the board will discuss the proposals at a workshop later this month.

Several board members said they had concerns about the proposals, including whether parents at the schools truly were supportive and whether the timing would give parents enough time to prepare for the new school year.

Board members also weren't sure how the changes would be enforced.

Terry Krassner said in the past it was clear that parents were happy with dress code changes. This time, she said she wasn’t so sure.

“I have too many doubts in my mind this go-around,” she said.

Schools include: Azalea Middle, Dunedin Elementary, Dunedin Highland Middle, John Hopkins Middle, Largo Middle, Lynch Elementary, Palm Harbor Middle, Skycrest Elementary and Tyrone Middle.

Three parents spoke against the dress code changes, while one spoke in favor.

Tracy Hall, a mother of three girls, said uniforms should be voluntary. She said her daughters wouldn't be able to express themselves with dress codes limiting their choices to only a few colors.

“That’s not going to express her,” she said, gesturing to her oldest daughter.

She also asked that the dress codes at least include a "girl color" instead of black, brown and blue.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:06pm]


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