New Pasco Schools Dress Code Rules Have Parents And Students Fired Up
Parents around Pasco County Schools are voicing their displeasure with the implementation of a new Pasco schools dress code.
Why are parents upset?
Only a few days into the new school year, many of parents have already expressed their worries on social media. According to the new regulation, shirts are required to have straps and to reach all the way down to the waist.
In response to the questions and concerns about new Pasco schools dress code, Melanie Waxler, who is in charge of strategic communications for Pasco County Schools, sent out an email with this statement:
“This policy was voted on and approved by our board before the 2023/2024 school year. This means it was effective from the first day of school. Parents were sent communications regarding the change through various channels prior to the school year beginning. This is a new policy, and we are working with each school on how to enforce the policy properly. We are addressing this to ensure all schools are in line with correct procedures and that includes a discussion about the dress code with students who do not follow it. We also ask for support from our parents, so their children arrive at school following the updated dress code policy.”
Discipline for not following the dress code includes:
• first offense, the student will be given a verbal warning and school staff will call the student’s parent or guardian.
• second offense, the student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period of time not to exceed five (5) days and school staff will meet with the student’s parent or guardian.
• third or subsequent offense, the student will receive an in-school suspension for a period not to exceed three (3) days, the student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days, and school staff will call the student’s parent or guardian and send the parent or guardian a written letter regarding the student’s in-school suspension and ineligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.
At the upcoming meeting of the school board on August 22nd, parents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns.
There is now a petition to end the new dress code, here.