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MTZ school board approves first read of changes to student handbook

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion school board approved the first reading of the 2022-2023 Student Handbook changes. When it came to dress code concerns, Mt. Zion school board President Jeffrey Sams had some.

In the new handbook changes in the dress code section a part will be crossed out where plunging necklines, bare midriffs, shirts with spaghetti straps, halter tops and strapless shirts will be allowed. Shirts/pants with see-through material that allow undergarments to be visible, shorts and skirts that do not cover the hip or backside, sunglasses, head apparel and pajama bottoms will all still be disallowed. Previously all were disallowed.

“I don’t understand why we’re getting more liberal with the dress code,” Sams said. For me, I think pajama bottoms are better than a strapless top. I don’t know and I’m throwing it out there before we adopt anything because I don’t know if teachers or parents want us to be more liberal.”

Sams also voiced concerns over the cell phone policy. Sams has heard from parents and teachers that the phones being out have made it harder for teachers to do their jobs.

As of right now cell phones are allowed in the cafeteria and in hallways. The only time cell phones are being allowed in the classrooms is if the teacher allows it to be part of the instruction in examples such as research purposes and listening to music to help students focus on homework.

Mt. Zion high school principal Justin Johnson told those present at the meeting that the cell phone affects students mental health and the battle is to have the kids away from their phones for eight hours while the other 16 the students have their phones. Johnson described the battle as a constantly fighting battle but a losing one.

The board will approve the changes to the 2022-2023 Student Handbook at the May School Board meeting after the final read. The next school board meeting will be held on May 17 at 6:30 p.m.

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