CLOVIS, Calif. (KGPE) – It was a packed house at the Clovis Unified School District board meeting Wednesday night as students pleaded with board members to approve changes to the dress code policy.
The board ultimately unanimously voted to approve changes to the dress code.
One of the biggest changes with the new policy will allow students to wear leggings. The new dress code also would allow students to wear camouflage, shorts with at least a five-inch seam, and would allow students to have facial hair.
Many students say not only did they want changes to what they could wear but with how the code is enforced.
“There’s a lot more that we should and could do to make sure students are comfortable being themselves on campus,” said Annie Nguyen, a recent high school grad.
Some students spoke about not having any dress code at all, a notion Kelly Avants, Chief Communications Officer of Clovis Unified, says is not in the district’s best interest.
“We truly do see a very great value in having an environment on campus that is structured, that has rules that allow our students to come to school with the expectation that they can have an environment that focuses on learning,” said Avants.
The new changes will go into effect starting tomorrow.