Bay District Schools approves new dress code revisions for upcoming school year

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 10:57 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tuesday, Bay District School board members approved a proposal, stirring up talk among employees, parents, and even students.

They approved the proposed dress code for the upcoming school year, but with some changes from last year.

“The tough part is, everyone has a different definition of the word ‘appropriate,’” Board Chairman Steve Moss said

Bay High teacher Rebecca Brown said the lack of dress code enforcement has gotten out of hand.

“Lots of flesh, either the bare midriff or cleavage on the girls part and lots of low hanging pants on part of the guys,” said Brown.

Lassiter said the new dress code targets women.

“The leggings, the shorts, the tops especially,” said Lassiter.

Moss said these revisions are a good compromise from the more strict pre-hurricane dress code.

“The current policy had yes, the high schoolers could wear leggings, but they had to wear shorts or something over the leggings,” said Moss.

Now, leggings can be worn in grades K-12, as long as a shirt reaches the student’s fingertips. Shirts have to be collared or crew neck, but can be untucked. Shirts also have to be solid or a print and cannot have any logos.

This left some parents saying their kids won’t be able to express themselves.

“I can understand that there needs to be limits to expressing yourself. Maybe no guns. I can understand weapons are a big thing, but what’s wrong with Scooby?” one parent asked in front of the board.

Dresses can also be solid or now can include prints, but has to have sleeves.

“What does it matter what your dress has on as long as it’s not inappropriate?” another parent asked in front of the board.

Even with the compromise, others aren’t fully satisfied with Tuesday’s outcome.

“There’s a lot of things that I wish would’ve been changed as well and they did seem really condescending,” said Lassiter.

Changes Moss hopes teaches students personal accountability.

“Respect yourself and respect your school and your classmates enough to dress appropriately,” said Moss.

This proposal will now go through a 30-day advertising period before the second approval for adoption in July. Superintendent Bill Husfelt said they plan to look into using grants and getting sponsors to buy school shirts for students.

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