MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - At the Mobile County School board meeting Wednesday, September 18, teachers spoke out against a proposed dress code for teachers.
The main point: teachers want to be trusted.
"I wish you would let us be professionals and smart enough to decide what we're going to wear depending on what's going on in our classrooms that day,” one teacher said.
Mobile County Superintendent Martha Peek said, “It’s nice to step back, refresh and see if something needs to be addressed again. This has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the teachers in our schools.”
One parent is worried jean-day (a Relay for Life fundraiser) will no longer be allowed under the new policy. It’s fundraiser that raises thousands of dollars and affects numerous people.
“Relay for Life is very personal to a lot of us at McDavid-Jones. Six students, nine teachers and 34 family members of employees have been affected by cancer,” one parent said.
Teachers said there are also safety reasons jeans should be allowed, like in welding class.
“We get dirty. We get hot. If I catch on fire, my clothes are going to go up a lot more rapidly then wearing jeans and a t-shirt,” one teacher said.
Peek said under the current dress code, jeans can be worn on special occasions and that is to the discretion of the principal.
Ultimately, teachers said they don’t need a new policy; they just want the current policy to be enforced.
Peek said the board has received about 100 e-mails about the proposed code which will be voted on at the next school board meeting.
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