St. Johns County School Board unanimously approves new dress code

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla — With an unanimous vote, the St. Johns County School Board approved their new dress code for the upcoming school year.

Some of the changes include removing the boys and girls section, making a more gender neutral guideline. Rips and tears in clothing was originally not allowed but was later amended if a patch was behind it.

The latest change causing the most backlash is that clothing must cover from armpit to mid-thigh.

“I’m only 5′6″ and the inseam requirement to reach my mid-thigh would be around 6 inches and I’ve never seen women’s shorts with a 6 inch inseam, ” said Riley O’Keefe, a sophomore at Bartram Trail High School. O’Keefe added, “While the newly developed dress code is a step in the right direction, it’s not fair and equal as it should be.”

More women came forward and voiced their displeasure of the mid-thigh rule and how a committee of teachers, board members, parents and students was supposed to form but the meeting was cancelled and never rescheduled.

In May, O’Keefe along with 79 other female students had their yearbook photos altered due to a staff member finding their outfit inappropriate, which prompted the dress code change.

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