This is in response to the story in the May 15 News Times, entitled "School board alters system's dress code."
My question to Superintendent Tommy Price, trustee Mike Sleeper and the rest of the Columbia County School Board, is how are they going to enforce a code (or rule if you will) that would ban "excessive" hairstyles and hair coloring? The term "excessive" is very vague. What one teacher may consider "excessive" another teacher may not. What about hair coloring? What about tattoos? Are they going to have an inspection of all students to see if they do not already have a tattoo?
Price is quoted as saying, "I think our schools freely support backing off on this and dealing with students on an extreme basis." Extreme in whose eyes? A teacher who may not be in the best of moods that day? Sleeper is quoted as saying, " We are not controlling dress, we are controlling the learning environment." What are these kids going to do when they reach the real work or college environment? There are no "extreme" dress codes for your work personnel or college students. How do we answer our kids when they get in trouble for "excessive" hair color and they name 10 other kids who look more "excessive" than they do?
It seems as though the school board is worried about things like the name "Crossroads Academy." It sounds "too prestigious," they say. Crossroads has one of the best learning environments in the county. The story that mentioned the name change for Crossroads appeared the same day someone wrote a letter that had nothing but praise for the Crossroads learning environment as well as the staff. I thought it was named Crossroads because a student is at a crossroad in life and they need to change the path they may have been on. A lot may need changing, but Crossroads is not one of them. If the school board is worried that students may want to go to this "prestigious" school, that should be an item for focus.
I think there should be a lot more focus in "controlling" other areas of the learning environment rather than rules that are open to question or interpretation and something like a name of a school.
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