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SL school district updates dress codes

New code reflects different trends, body types and genders, superintendent says

SARANAC LAKE — Spaghetti straps, hats and halter tops are now allowed to a certain degree in the Saranac Lake Central School District.

The school board made changes to the district’s dress code at Wednesday night’s meeting.

In an email statement Thursday, school Superintendent Diane Fox said no particular incident motivated the changes.

“Lynda Peer became our high school dean of students about a year ago. Almost immediately, students shared concerns with her regarding the old dress code,” she said. “They felt it was gender-biased, unfair to different body types, and out of date with new acceptable fashion trends. The district agreed. Mrs. Peer worked with a group of high school students to research school dress codes, sought input from the middle and high school faculty and created the updated code the Board approved last night.”

In the old code, it recognized that brief garments traditionally worn by girls such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front and/or back) and see-through garments were not appropriate.

Now, the code says clothing should cover from one armpit across to the other, shirts should naturally touch the waistband of pants, tops should have shoulder straps and layering undergarments should be mostly covered by opaque clothing.

Hats are now allowed in the hallways but should still be removed in the classroom, during the pledge and national anthem and upon entering an auditorium or other location where a presentation is held.

The new dress code also says students can’t wear clothes depicting vulgar, sexual, obscene or libelous content; endorsing the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and other criminal activity; or promoting hate speech or imagery that targets groups based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or any other protected classification.

Wearing sunglasses indoors is limited to medical reasons and special spirit days.

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