School Board approves gender neutral dress code


ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — In a unanimous vote, Roanoke County schools approved a gender neutral dress code for students.

The new verbiage of the dress code does not specify what girls or boys should wear, but what students should wear as a general student body.

New requirements state the following:

  • Clothing should cover areas from armpit to armpit, down 3-4″ in length to the upper thighs. All shirts must have shoulder straps, and rips or tears should be below the 3-4″ of clothing mentioned above.
  • Students must wear shoes at all times. Shoes such as bedroom slippers are not approved shoe wear except for school activities approved by the principal.
  • See-through clothing is not allowed without appropriate clothing underneath.
  • Headgear is not allowed unless needed for religious, medical, or other reasons advised by the school administration.
  • Certain classes may require special clothing, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.

Under the new dress code, students that do not obey the rules will not be allowed to go to class. Parents will will be called if appropriate clothing is not accessible or if the student does not cooperate.

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