Durham Public Schools plans to adopt new, more inclusive dress code

Durham, NC (WTVD) — A new dress code for Durham Public School students may soon be approved. Some leaders are pushing for a more inclusive policy to further create a “more welcoming” learning environment.

Wearing short shorts or skinny straps may no longer be an issue for students at Durham Public Schools, as the board will vote on a new dress code policy this week.

The leaders behind the idea hope it bridges any racial or gender gaps.

Durham leaders are reflecting on the approach taken by leaders in Portland, Oregon, when they removed their traditional dress code.

It’s been a success for many students, says Lisa Frack, a parent who makes policy in Oregon

“Now kids who come through kindergarten won’t even notice, which is wonderful. But yeah, they remember getting dressed and not wearing spaghetti straps. They remember someone saying your skirt is too short. That’s why me Looks like they feel free. I mean, they feel like they didn’t like what was happening before. And someone fixed it,” Frack said.

Their idea is to make it more inclusive that will be visible to the bra straps and midsection as well as the underwear waistband and hoodie.

DPS chair Betina Umstead said they want a new policy that does not disproportionately affect male students who identify as female or minority students.

Here is the policy listed in the agenda:

A. Acceptable Dress and Beauty

1. Students must wear dresses/jumpsuits, or both shirts or tops with shorts, pants or skirts, or the equivalent and shoes.

2. The clothes should have fabric on the front, back and sides.

3. Undergarments must be in clothing; Underwear waistbands and bra straps do not need to be covered and are excluded.

4. The cloth covering all the private parts of the body should be opaque and should not be see-through or mesh or transparent. Private parts include the breasts, genitals, and buttocks.

5. Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants, and “skinny jeans”

6. Sweatpants, pajama/lounge pants midriff-baring shirt (must be able to cover private areas when arms are raised), ripped jeans as long as no part of the undergarment covering private parts is visible.

7. Tank tops, including spaghetti straps, halter tops and strapless tops.

8. Religious heads are expressly permitted to cover the head and face.

9. Clothing must be appropriate for all scheduled classroom activities, including physical education, science laboratory, woodworking, and other activities where unique hazards may exist.

One. Courses that require dress as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, CTE courses, and job preparation may include assignment specific dress but wearing a body covering in a particular way or culturally specific The focus shouldn’t be on promoting the dress.

10. Specific courses may require special attire.

One. School-sanctioned uniforms and costumes approved by the principal are permitted for athletic, choral, band or theatrical performances.

11. Students can prepare and style their hair for school in a way that expresses their personality and culture, for example, lox, braids, gels

One. Some programs may have more restrictive requirements for hairstyles, including the NCHSAA and ROTC programs, which require the signature of students and parents who agree to these restrictions on how to dress and dress.

B prohibition

Students are prohibited from wearing clothing, jewelry, book bags, or other articles of personal appearance that:

1. depict abuse, obscenity, obscenity or violence;

2. Promoting the use or abuse of tobacco, drugs or alcohol;

3. endangers or causes danger to the health or safety of the student or others;

4. Gangs and gang related activities are prohibited under Policy 4301 (III-7) and Gangs and gang activities in Policy 4328;

5. likely to cause a substantial and material disruption to the educational process or operation of the school, including but not limited to items that are reasonably expected to intimidate other students on grounds of race (eg Confederate warfare flag, swastika, and Ku Klux Klan or KKK), color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religious affiliation.

The board will vote on the new code at its meeting on Thursday.

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