PRO/CON: Should students get ISS for dress-code violations?

THE FINE PRINT

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In the Victoria school district, if students forget to wear a belt, their whole day could be turned inside out.

Once an administrator finds out, students bid farewell to their regularly scheduled plans because they are sent to a disciplinary classroom, or in-school suspension, for the rest of the day.

According to the Victoria Independent School District Code of Conduct, a student's first violation of dress code can warrant in-school suspension.

So far this school year, there have been almost 500 dress code violations, said Diane Boyett, VISD communications director.

VISD adopted a new standardized dress code in 2010 when the new high schools opened.

The intention was to make the process fairer for students, said Tami Keeling, VISD school board president.

"Part of the reason we designed a simple dress code was that the old dress code contained too much subjectivity," Keeling said. "Part of the problem in the past has been that the rules were unclear, and because they were unclear, students felt they were unfair."

Pro: Students need firm consequences for their dress code violations

CON: Suspension too severe; students need to be in classroom