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The Durham Board of Education unanimously adopts a new dress code

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — On Thursday night, the Durham Board of Education unanimously passed an updated dress code. The new rules are a dramatic change from the standard dress codes that many North Carolina public schools have.

One rule that has remained the same is that students must cover all private parts, but beyond that the dress code is open.

The new language states that students do not have to cover bra straps or underwear bands. The rules also stated that students could wear cropped shirts, commonly referred to as crop tops.

Additionally, the language in the updated dress code specifically allows for protective hairstyles, including locs and braids.

The new rules also indicate that if a student is breaking the dress code, a teacher should not address that student who has identified a violation in front of their classmates.

While the board eased restrictions on some clothing items or clothing choices, two items of clothing remained out of the question: hats and hoodies.

“Following those meetings, it was management’s decision that they not be recommended by the board, and that was the final version of the policy at the time,” Chief of Staff Tanya Giovanni said at the board meeting. “The cuts are permanent, hats and hoodies are not allowed.”

Leaders also within the district who wanted to see these changes said the dress code tends to target female students rather than male students, and this decision aims to rectify that.

During the public comments, no parents emerged to speak out, but many took to social media to express how upset they were.

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Dais Johnston

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