New Rockingham County Dress Code

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- Update 9:35 p.m. -- The school board narrowly approves a change to the county's dress code.

Later tonight, a new policy will be considered by the school board; all dealing with what your child might be permitted to wear to school every day.

A new, stricter, student dress code will be part of the focus at tonight's Rockingham County School Board meeting.

What sort of clothing would be impacted by this dress code? Many popular wardrobe choices such as leggings and tight jeans will be required to have a longer shirt that covers them.

Rockingham County school board members said that this new policy would address current style trends which were not as popular when the current dress code was originally written. It will leave less room for individual interpretation, and allow consistency among what is acceptable to be worn in Rockingham County Schools.

One local mother said that this will have positive affects on her two sons who attend Rockingham County Public School.

Here is some of the feedback we have already received on Facebook:

"I think leggings are fine as long as they are worn with the appropriate top or dress....I have a problem with the young girls wearing shorty shorts that are too tight for school," said Renee Bowers.

"So thankful my daughter is graduating this year!!! If the school system wants to be so strict maybe they should just do uniform, and pay for them!! Parents work hard to provide clothing, fees & supplies for school," said Melissa Atkins.

"I don't see anything wrong with wearing them with a skirt, long shirt, or shorter dress. However, it's not cute to wear them like you'd wear jeans....but then again iIm getting old so what do I know," said Tiara Coleman.

This is just one item on the agenda for the Rockingham County School board meeting. If you would like to attend, the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at East Rockingham High School this evening.

Join in via Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag '#dresscode' to make sure your voice is heard!

Also, click on the link at the bottom of this story to view a more in-depth look of the new policy draft of the dress code.


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