Today the State Board of Education affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s proposed decision to overturn our district dress code policy (the first one). This has no effect on our current dress code policy. As you know, in December, our Board revised the dress code policy with a new, proscriptively written one. That revised policy is still in effect.
We are working with the Iowa Legislature to change the section of the Code that deals with student dress codes. House File 77 would amend the Iowa Code to give local school boards clear authority to define local dress codes to meet the needs of their communities. It is now in the House Education Committee.
Although our current dress code has been appealed to the State Board of Education as the first one was, there will not be any hearing on it until after the Iowa Legislature decides on a bill currently under consideration. This should take us through the rest of this school year with no change in the dress code.
Once the Code is amended, that should take care of the issue for the long term. Attached are key messages for the amendment of the Code. code amendment key messages
Contact Sharon Miller with any questions.Sharon’s email