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Ridgewood High moves quickly to promote new dress code plan



Just more than a day after winning School Board tentative approval, Ridgewood High School leaders have begun circulating their revised proposal for a modified student dress code.

Principal Angie Murphy told the board on Tuesday she wanted to move quickly, having received several calls from parents and students who wanted to know what they need for the new academic year.

"We just want to know where we stand at this point in time," Murphy said.

She expected that the changes would not cause major problems for anyone, especially after amending the plan to include more styles of shirts and pants, as well as lifting the suggested ban on dresses and skirts.

"This is a lot of what they already have in their closets," Murphy said. "It's just cleaning it up a bit."

The latest version, which still requires School Board approval, now allows for polo, crew-neck and collared button-down shirts; khaki, blue, black or gray pants, shorts, jeans and capris; knee-length skirts and sleeved dresses; and some jackets. Most of the items would have to be solid colored or striped, and without noticeable logos. School-issue uniforms, such as those used in ROTC or sports teams, also would be permitted.

The school would not have an opt-out provision. See the Modified Dress Code proposal here.

Board members who had initial reservations about the concept said the broader range of options, along with a longer period to fully comply because of the late notice, made the proposal more palatable. They agreed with Murphy that Ridgewood could benefit from a new approach, with dress code as a piece of the puzzle.

The item comes back to the board on Aug. 2.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:39am]


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