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LCHS relaxes shorts policy a little

August 06, 2003|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - The dress code at Lincoln County High School was temporarily amended Friday night, allowing students to sport shorter shorts and making school shopping easier for many parents.

"I think some parents came to an earlier meeting and were concerned about the length. They couldn't find shorts for girls that were long enough," said head principal Ty Howard. Howard said the high school council held second reading of the dress code amendment Friday, where it was temporarily approved.

Under the former dress code, shorts could not rise above mid-thigh, but deciding what constituted "mid-thigh" was difficult. Parents also had difficulty finding girls' shorts long enough, and occasionally had to resort to buying capris or pants.

"There were some concerns last year," said Howard.

During the first day of school Monday, Howard said he demonstrated the measurement technique. Students with shorts of questionable length will be asked to relax their arms and shoulders to judge if their shorts are above finger-tip length. If dressed inappropriately, students will get a warning for the first offense. Subsequent dress code problems are punishable by in-school measures, such as writing assignments, or even suspensions for multiple infractions.

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According to assistant principal Tim Whitis, the motion to adopt a new shorts length will be sent back to a school committee for further study and then brought before the council for a final vote.

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