NRHS Students Challenge Dress Code Regulations

NRHS Students Challenge Dress Code Regulations
Posted on 01/24/2022

NRHS Students

Students in Ms. Hodges AP Language and Literature class at Nansemond River High School sent well-written letters to the Superintendent addressing changes they felt were essential in implementing to the current student dress code.

The students pointed out that many aspects of the language, mainly targeted female students and could be discriminatory based on student body type. There was also concern that the way some aspects of the regulation were written added a lot of subjectivity to the interpretation.

 After carefully reviewing each student's letter, Dr. Gordon met with Dr. Leigh, Director of Secondary Leadership; Mrs. Pichon, Director of Elementary Leadership; and Mr. Waller, School Board Attorney, to review the current regulations. Based on the students ' feedback, the administrative team made several adjustments to flip-flops, high heels, short length, skirt length, and head coverings. "I was so impressed with our students. Their participation reinforces the importance of both student leadership and student voice," said Superintendent Dr. John B. Gordon, III.

The Suffolk Public Schools Dress Code was revised on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. As a reminder, school division regulations are under the purview of the Superintendent, while policy is a School Board responsibility.

Revisions can be found in the School Board Regulations ManualSection 6-9.2. An appropriate environment for learning required; appropriate dress required; prohibited clothing