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Local Lake schools seek to update dress code policy

MILBURY, Ohio (WTVG) — Lake Local Schools decided it might be time to update its dress code policy. District Superintendent Jim Witt told 13abc the decision was made Thursday morning and suggested changes were sent to faculty members hours later.

The discussion stems from the story published by 13abc on Wednesday. A student at Gateway Middle School in Maumee was asked to change her dress as it was deemed inappropriate.

Witt told 13abc that the local Lake School District has its own dress code issues. In his opinion, pushing a strict policy towards students does not help anyone.

“We took a look at it this morning, again, after consulting with other school districts and talking to each other administratively. We agreed that ours needed to be simplified. This makes it easier for parents and children to find acceptable things at school,” Witt said.

He gave 13abc a preview of what he and the staff want the new policy to look like.

“Instead of giving a specific length on shorts or that sort of thing, we’re going to say clothing styles exposing underwear are prohibited. Shoes must be worn at all times. clothing with offensive language, graphics, and drug, alcohol, or tobacco-related references will not be permitted, and no heavy coats or hats will be worn during class time,” Witt said.

District leaders said their hope is to reduce distractions for everyone and ultimately keep students in their classrooms.

These changes to the dress code cannot be officially made until the school board has voted. The monthly school board meeting will take place next Thursday, May 19th.

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