Religion Sparks Dress Code Discussion At Arts School
Posted: September 11, 2013 at 3:49 a.m.
A student’s request for a religious exception to dress code stalled in a discussion between religion and expression at the Benton County School of the Arts board meeting Tuesday night.
At A Glance
Behavior standards from the Benton County School of the Arts handbook state that dress can be a matter of personal taste, but it is administrators’ responsibility to create a healthy learning environment. Dress and grooming isn't allowed to be “immodest, disruptive, unsanitary, unsafe, could case property damage, or are offensive to common standards of decency.”
• Hair must be neat and the style not distracting
• Hair must be a natural human hair color
• Shorts, allowed only at the elementary/middle school, must reach 3 inches above the knee
• No pajamas
• Street shoes are required
• Visible body piercings, except ears, are forbidden
• Hats and headgear are forbidden unless there is a religious or medical exception
• No sunglasses are allowed inside the building
• No dangerous accessories, such as spikes or chains, are allowed
• Lewd and suggestive slogans or clothing advertising alcohol, tobacco and drugs are forbidden
• Clothing associated with gangs is forbidden.
Source: Staff Report
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