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Waynesboro Area School Board takes first look at dress policy for teachers and administrators

August 21, 2012|By BILL KOHLER | billk@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved its first look at a revised dress and grooming policy for teachers and administrators.

The current Waynesboro Area School District policy has been in effect since 1991, according to documents distributed at the board’s regular meeting. The revision presented Tuesday night has been in the works for about two years, Superintendent Sherian Diller said.

She said the reason for the revision is to define some of the language and make clear what’s expected of teachers and administrators.

“We just want to make sure we dress professionally and be role models,” she said.

Board members did not comment on the revision and no one spoke during the public comment section of the meeting, which lasted about 20 minutes.

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The board will review the policy and vote again at its next meeting. If it passes then, it will become official.

Diller said there were no incidents that sparked the revision, but she wanted to get the policy in place for the beginning of the school year, which is Monday.

According to the policy, the purpose is to ensure that professional employees in the district set an example in dress and grooming for their students to follow.

“A teacher and/or administrator should present an image of dignity and encourage respect for authority.

These factors act in a constructive manner toward the maintenance of a positive learning environment,” the policy states.

Infractions of the dress code could result in progressive discipline, according to the policy.

Prohibited items include revealing, low-cut or tight-fitting clothing; denim jeans, sweat pants or yoga pants; tank tops; spaghetti straps; halter tops; T-shirts; flip-flops; athletic shoes; and Crocs.

The policy also includes numerous exceptions for items such as field trips, extra duties, and for safety reasons and physical education teachers.

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