Bay District School Board making changes to dress code, earbud policy

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay District Schools leaders made some changes to school dress codes Tuesday during their school board meeting, which is the last meeting before school is back in session.

Bay District School Board members hold their last meeting before the new school year kicks off August 12. (WJHG/WECP)

School Board members say the new dress code has more flexibility than it did a year ago in order to help students and their families recovering from Hurricane Michael when back to school shopping.

One of the changes will allow students to wear any color shirt they want as long as they don't violate the dress code. The dress code is temporary and will be only in effect for this upcoming school year.

The board also decided to assign schools in the district as emergency shelters.

"Our hope is some of our school base administrators and faculty will work in those individual shelters," said Bay District School Board Chairman Steve Moss. "They know the school and they know the facility better than anybody. So in the future, if we have a hurricane it will run a lot more smoother and a lot more efficient."

During the meeting, School Board members also established a rule for students who use earbuds restricting them to only use one earbud at a time while they're on campus. Officials say the new rule will help earbud users stay alert.

"Those students can hear the alarms. They can hear the shouts. They can hear directions on what to do if there is something bad going on campus," said Moss.

The new school year begins on August 12. School board members didn't make any major changes to school start and end times.

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