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CASD to hold public forum on proposed school dress code

No vote will be taken at meeting on dress code; comments will be taken on cards

September 25, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Chambersburg Area School Board is giving the community a chance to ask questions tonight about a proposed new dress code for all students that bans denim, shirts without collars or with patterns or logos.

The forum will be in the Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Hooded sweatshirts are not permitted under the new dress code, and hair must be in the range of blond, black, auburn/red and brunette.

School district Superintendent Joe Padasak said the forum will be held before the school board meeting, but no vote will be taken at the meeting on the dress code.

“The big thing is to get some uniformity so it’s not so distracting,” he said. “What is happening is the clothing that some of these children are wearing and the hair color and the piercings have become distractions in the school setting and we want to eliminate that.”

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Padasak said the district has been working on a new policy for about a year and a half.

“We’ll explain what we are proposing and take comments on cards,” Padasak said.

He said there will not be an open microphone.

The public will be asked to write questions on 3x5 index cards that will be provided.

Those unable to attend can complete a five-question survey on the district’s website at www.chambersburg.k12.pa.us.

Padasak said a panel that includes members of a committee that formulated the new policy proposed for CASD will answer the questions.

The board will discuss the dress code policy at its retreat Oct. 3, but is not slated to vote on the new policy until Oct. 24.

“It may be that we’ll keep what we have, and it may be we’re going to change it drastically,” he said. “I think there are board members on both sides of this issue, so we don’t know where it’s going to end.”

Padasak said a look at the dress code was prompted by complaints from the public and the school board about the way children were dressing for school.

A 15-person committee was formed and led by assistant superintendent Cathy Dusman to devise a new districtwide dress policy.

The policy is available for review on the district’s website.

If you go ...

What: The Chambersburg (Pa.) Area School Board is hosting a public forum on a proposed, districtwide dress code.

When: Today, 6 to 7:15 p.m

Where: The auditorium of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, 511 S. Sixth St.

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