It’s been a heated topic at Clovis Unified School Districts board meetings, for the last few weeks and even since the end of the last school year.
“From May of last year, 8 months, talking to our community, students, employees, developing a recommendation for our dress code, absolutely to maintain the dress code but to remove the language that differentiated between sex”, says Kelly Avants with the district.
That recommendation was rejected in january, keeping the dress code as is. But the clovis school board will now revisit the issue.
“This has absolutely been a topic that we all have been engaged in dialog, within our community, with people that have students within the district people who don’t have students people who have had students within the district”, says Avants.
Over the next few weeks board members will hear from parents, students and staff and bring the dress code issue to a vote again.
“Both sides have great points, so it’s good that they are revisiting just to gather everything together and really make a good combined effort decision”, says Jody Mize.
“I think it’s a good idea to revise it”, says Sonee Neely.
ACLU staff attorney Abre’ Conner has been following this discussion since the beginning. She says she’s happy to see the dress code back on the school board’s agenda.
Conner says the current rules violate state education codes. She says, “it seems like a step in the right direction and so we’re hoping they do the right thing this time”.
However she says, she does hope the district will reconsider how parents can file exemptions for their kids. Conner says, “how it’s been working in practice has been really problematic for students, to be able to get cultural exemptions”.
Next Wednesday’s board meeting will allow for public discussion of the dress code issue. The week after school board officials will put it to a vote.