Originally created 07/06/06

Rules might relax, setting shirttails free



Fur, plaids and olive drab might be the trend on Europe's runways, but shirttails out could be the rage in local school hallways.

Richmond County school officials might alter dress code rules to allow high school students to untuck their shirts and follow the latest trend.

Local fashionistas say the untucked look is en vogue.

"That's what's in, that's what's hot," said Chikarol Miller, customer service representative at Burlington Coat Factory on Augusta West Parkway. "And the shirts that are made, are made to be worn outside and not inside."

Dress code guidance, however, doesn't emerge from Paris or Milan, but the school system's arbiters of fashion - the Student Code of Conduct Committee, which has recommended a handful of changes this year.

Board member Helen Minchew - a critic of dress code policy in the past - said Wednesday that officials just need to be "realistic" and create a dress code that's enforceable. The proposals keep in mind safety, decency and neatness.

"It's not like a green light for everybody to show up with these big old ugly over-sized shirts," she said. "That's not going to go."

The dress code change would affect all Richmond County high schools except Laney, where administrators have their own ideas about what not to wear.

Laney Assistant Principal Vanetta Lawrence said the dress code policy prepares students for the "other side" of life - the professional world.

"Even at McDonald's you can't walk around with your shirttail hanging out," she said.

Staff writer Kamille Bostick contributed to this article.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.


WHAT'S NEXT:

The Richmond County Board of Education will hold its next business meeting at 4 p.m. July 13. The meeting will be held at the board's central offices, 864 Broad St.