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Waynesboro Area School Board OKs new dress code for teachers

September 25, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday adopted a new dress code for teachers and continued the process to soon adopt one for administrators and support staff.

For teachers, prohibited items include denim jeans, tank tops, flip-flops, athletic shoes and sweat pants. The policy, which passed unanimously, also addresses grooming.

High school teacher Natasha Bloom addressed the school board, saying she understands the school board’s motives, but feels her facial piercing does not affect her abilities in the classroom. She said the eyebrow hole will close if a ring is not in it for two to three hours.

“For that, I think it is an infringement on my personal rights outside the classroom,” she said.

School board member Sherry Cline told Bloom to consider asking for an exemption.

Superintendent Sherian Diller said the administrative and support staff policies will be “very similar” to the one for teachers.

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— Jennifer Fitch

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