HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico students will have to check closets this summer to make sure their clothing meets new school dress codes. The county school board adopted new rules at its meeting Thursday night that now apply to all schools in the county. Until now - there was no uniform dress code. It was decided on a school by school basis.
Two pages of dress code were adopted by the school board, and will be sent out to all parents at the beginning of the school year.
The new guidelines are very specific - no clothing that is excessively tight or skimpy, including those with plunging necklines. No clothing that is see-through, where under-garments would be showing. No pants that are baggy, that droop to reveal undergarments - no tube tops, halter tops, strapless dresses or dresses with spaghetti straps.
Initial reaction seems positive:
"I think it's a great idea, considering I have a child at two different schools. There is no question about what they can and cannot wear now," said Mary Brown Messer, mother of Godwin and Deep Run students.
"If it's not that much different, I don't think people are evening going to notice it," said Tess Gardner, Deep Run student.
There's also a new cell phone policy. Cells phones will be banned from sight during the school day at both middle and high schools. Elementary students can't possess a cell phone at school, unless parents cite extenuating circumstances.