Originally created 07/09/02

Board aims to enact teacher dress code



Richmond County pupils might not be the only ones who have to adhere to a dress code when they return to school next month.

Teachers could soon be facing a dress code of their own.

The school board's personnel committee met Monday to discuss a new policy for teachers and school employees.

Several board members said they were appalled to see teachers in short skirts, tight clothing and sweat suits when visiting some of the county's schools last year.

"I think we need to draw a line when it comes to our teachers and employees in dealing with students," board member Marion Barnes said.

The committee received advice from administrators and teachers on what should be considered appropriate in the classroom.

"I think a good way for us to start is to look at the student dress code," said Lisa Annis, the principal at Goshen Elementary School.

The new policy will address appropriate attire for female and male employees.

Policies in place in Chatham and Cobb counties were used by the committee as a possible guide for the new code.

The current policy uses vague language and "expects" teachers and staff to dress in a "professional and appropriate manner that will be most conducive to the educational environment."

The committee plans to submit the policy for full board approval at the Aug. 8 board meeting.

Reach Ashlee Griggs at (706) 823-3552 or ashlee.griggs@augustachronicle.com.