A new year inspiring some changes at the Victoria independent school district.
We sent Newscenter 25's David Gibson to figure out the temporary dress code change for high school students,
After the listening and learning, "tour" results came in. VISD decided to make changes to the dress code for the spring semester to increase the attendance.
"A change on a few of the stipulations for the dress code ,so the superintendent decided to change the dress code as a trial period during the spring semester," says Shawna Currie, Director Of Communications for VISD. "We are going to eliminate the requirements on 3 of those
Some of the changes to the dress code will allow male students to now rock a beard and earrings.
"There is three areas that changed, one regarding facial hair for the male students, previously they had to be clean shaven and were not allowed to have any facial hair," adds Currie. That has been eliminated now.
The other one is in regards to piercings. Males can wear earrings as long as they are not gauges.
VISD also changed the policy on open heel shoes, now allowing students to wear them.
"The third one has to do with shoes, previously all shoes had to have some sort of back strap or a closed heel," tells Currie. "Whereas now they can wear more of the slide on that don't necessarily have a back strap on them."
One thing that didn't change is the ban on leggings and sweat pants.
Shawna Currie says "the dress code is reviewed each summer for the following school year. At this time, it is undetermined whether any changes will be made for next year regarding leggings and/or sweatpants."
The overall goal for this change is to increase the learning and attendance of VISD students.
"Hopefully it does benefit the learning environment, and hopefully teachers aren't spending so much time having to have those interactions with students, where students are having to leave class because of dress code violations and hopefully the students will follow the guidelines and they're able to be more comfortable in that school environment and they can be themselves," explains Currie. "And ultimately may have a better outcome because they're in class and they are learning more."
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