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Lynn schools to uphold dress code
By Laura Paine / For The Item
LYNN - Students attending Lynn public schools will be expected to follow the dress code that was implemented by the School Committee in 2006.
These guidelines were put in place to prevent any distractions or disruptions from entering the classroom in regards to both safety and aesthetics.
"It's within the discretion of the principal, if something is determined to be a distraction or disruptive it could be deemed a violation of the dress code," said Tom Iarrobino, the secretary of the school committee.
The School Committee and school staff use decency, neatness, cleanliness and suitability for school as guidelines when determining what is or is not appropriate school attire. Disruptive clothing can include any article of clothing that showcases obscenities, fighting words, incitement or defamation written on it.
Clothing that the principal considers to be gang related or in gang-related colors or any item that could potentially cause harm or put a fellow student in danger, such as studs or chains on gloves, clothing, or shoes and footwear that contain metal cleats, taps, or wheels are not permissible.
As with any set of rules or guidelines that require an individual to use their best judgment, there have been some complaints placed by parents and students alike about the dress code since it was put in place.
"There may be some disagreements about interpretations of what is appropriate and sometimes it includes parents. It is important to be consistent about what is appropriate," Iarrobino said. "The staff is pretty accommodating to styles and cultures while making sure that a line isn't crossed in regards to the policy."
Explicitly forbidden clothing, listed in the Student Appearance section of the Student Discipline Code on the Lynn Public Schools Web site, include hats, bandannas, headbands, scarves, gloves, wristbands, doo-rags, skullcaps, hoods and wave caps.
Also prohibited are tank tops, halter tops and halter dresses, shoulder-less tops, tube tops or any top that bares the midriff, see-through, spandex or skin-tight clothes regardless of length and any shirt that advertises tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or advocates drug use or has obscene printing, violence of any kind or printing the principal may consider to be inappropriate.
Non-prescribed dark glasses are not allowed in schools without a doctor's note, which is to be filed with the school nurse or principal. Use of all electronic devices, including but not limited to, cell phones and iPods, are not allowed to be used on school property during school hours and must remain off and out of sight.