(Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 6:47 PM
A policy review committee on Tuesday voted to relax the Beauregard Parish school system’s dress code and to ban electronic cigarettes and gauge piercings in the upcoming school year.
The committee recommended that students be allowed to wear school-sponsored spirit shirts, which would bear the school logo or mascot. Current policy allows only for plain polo, turtleneck or dress-type shirts.
The spirit shirts started as a positive reinforcement method, said Marlin Ramsey, former principal at South Beauregard High and current technology supervisor for the school system.
“I would tell you we had some issue with students whose shirts came untucked. This, for some of our students, was easier to tuck in,” Ramsey said. “We were trying to eliminate dress code problems and keep our students in class and by the same token go by a dress code policy.”
The T-shirts, he said, were long enough to stay tucked in and not expose midriffs.
One Merryville High parent who attended the meeting said most parents favor a yearlong pilot program that would do away the uniform entirely. The committee did not support her suggestion.
The group also voted to allow students to wear ankle socks of any color or design. Current policy allows for solid navy, white, black or sheer skin color above-ankle socks.
Hailee Henry, a second-grader at Carver Elementary, asked the committee to change the sock policy because she likes colorful socks and didn’t think they were a distraction.
The committee also voted to ban e-cigarettes and visible gauge piercings. There was some support to allow students to have backpacks and bookbags that weren’t clear or mesh, but there weren’t enough votes to present it as a recommendation to the School Board.
The board will likely to vote on the various policy changes at its upcoming meeting in March.