Richmond Co. BOE considers relaxing school dress code

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

When Richmond County students return to school in August, there may be a more relaxed dress code in place.

Board members are discussing whether students can tuck or untuck their shirts.

As parents start school shopping, they'll see more relaxed fits.

Richmond County school board member Helen Minchew says the school system may also be relaxing its dress code policy.

"It's revising to be more in tune as to what the current styles are and still come in the frame work of safety, neatness, and decency," she says.

The recommendation comes after several meetings with administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Proponents of the change say that with a lot of the latest styles, some shirts are made to be worn out, and it's more of a hassle to try to make students put them in.

"From what we heard from the principals, they are just spending a large amount of time writing students up and policing," Minchew says.

"I know that is a problem with some shirts," says parent Patti Scarff. "I think they should a have rule that they shouldn't be all the way down their knees."

But others say keep it tight.

"I may be a little old fashioned," says grandmother Kathy Leverett. "I like the neat look. I like them tucked in."

"Sometimes people just want to tuck it out because it feels comfortable and it's the new fashion," says student DeJanay Richardson.

"Personally, I think they should be tucked in. I think it looks neater," says Jaime Rozsnyai, a teacher in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

If the recommendation passes, administrators plan to regulate untucked shirts by making sure they do not extend beyond the fingertip.

"Again, all of a sudden you might have students thinking they can wear these big oversized T-shirts," Minchew says. "Definitely not."

School board members plan to vote at next Thursday's school board meeting on whether students will be allowed to wear their shirts in or out.

However, Laney High School is the only school that has opted to stick to the stricter dress code policy.

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