Bangor School Dept. passes revised dress code

Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 6:13 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The Bangor School Committee passed an update to its dress code policy at Wednesday’s meeting.

The revision was developed by a group including administration, parents and students.

Among the changes is a provision that states “bra/tank top straps and visible waistbands do not constitute excessive exposure,” and another that bans “insulting or discriminatory” content.

It also more clearly outlines enforcement procedures.

School officials tell us some of the new additions have been in place, but putting it in writing clarifies the rules.

”We want to make sure that students come to school and they’re here to learn,” said Bangor School Department Title IX and Affirmative Action Coordinator Dana Carver-Bialer. “Bodies aren’t shameful, and safety is the priority. We’re working as a team member with families and students to make sure they feel empowered as their best selves and their most authentic selves.

“Students should feel really comfortable in whatever combination of identities they hold, to be proud of who they are and comfortable with who they are, as well as following the rules.”

The motion passed unopposed, with board members citing how this policy supports the school’s missions of equality, safety and respect.

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