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Lewis County BOE Tables Proposal on Employee Dress Code
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on June 10, 2013 @ 11:44PM
Created on June 10, 2013 @ 11:03PM
The Lewis County Board of Education has tabled its proposal that would institute an employee dress code.

Two weeks ago we told you that the board had passed on first reading a dress code policy against the objections of teachers and their union representatives. On Monday, more teachers voiced their displeasure about the proposed policy change that would ban blue jeans, shorts and put restrictions on skirt length.
Teachers say that those changes would be unconstitutional and provided case law to back up their claim. They said they should be allowed to dress in appropriate attire as long as it does not interfere with the educational process.

The next regular meeting of the Lewis County Board of Education is June 24.

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Jun 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM
I only know that when I was in school and I am almost 58 I had no problem respecting my teachers and principals, they looked repectable and there was no question about it. Today you walk into a school and you have no idea who is who....dress codes should pertain to teachers and other school employees, after all the children have dress codes so why not those who demand respect from them. To recieve respect you must earn it, and that goes both ways.
Jun 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Please know that the teachers are not against have "a" dress code. Most of the staff dresses very professionally. A new dress code was put in place in April. Many felt that it was a good thing. The problem is that the new policy that was put in place is now being revised to be even more restrictive. As far as student recognition, the teachers and admnistration at Robert L. Bland put a great deal of time and money into an incentive program that recognized and celebrated student achievement. The students earned trophies, medals, certificates, their name and photo placed on a "Wall of Fame", picnics, and assemblies. It is unfortunate that you feel the teacher's agenda overshadowed the students.
Jun 11, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Although I believe the teachers have a right to address the dress code, I am very sorry that this issue overshadowed the students who received certificates for high scores in individual subjects. If the national test scores are low the teachers are quick to blame the students, family environment etc. When the children come to the Board meeting to be recognized they over shadow the event with their agenda. They children actually believed the TV camera was there to celebrate their achievements.
Jun 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM
Unconstitutional? Most agencies have dress code, oh that's right, the state employees do. You don't need to look like you are going to the garden or the game. You are the teacher,you should look the part,you have a degree, you should be the standout in the room. Not everyone looks good in T-Shirts, just look at the pictures from the meeting. So maybe YOU should have to wear an employee button up shirt, black pants, with blazer/jacket that would solve the whole situation.
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