Dothan City Schools reviews Code of Conduct; changes may be coming for uniform policy

(WTVY News 4)
Published: May. 16, 2019 at 11:21 PM CDT
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Dothan City Schools will spend the summer getting schools ready for a restructuring in the Fall

In a special called meeting on Thursday, changes to the dress code were presented to the school board... among other things.

"We just want children to come to school to learn,” said Dothan City Schools Director of Safety, Security and Attendance Scott Faulk. “That's what we want. That's are goal, and we want them to be safe as well."

Scott Faulk and a group of parents have come together to review the Dothan City School Code of Conduct for next year.

The 101 page document includes things like punishments, attendance policies and dress code.

"We did look at it for a whole year on the high school end,” said Faulk. “We spoke with principals, we spoke with parents that attended our code of conduct committee. They felt like we needed to go back to what we did two years ago, k-12."

The policy would stay the same for elementary through middle school, but it would change for high schoolers.

Instead of having a dress code that permits jeans, clothing with logos and untucked shirts, high schoolers would have to follow the same uniform policy as the other schools.

Faulk asked the board to table a vote on the code of conduct until he can hear back from parents.

There were plenty of parents at the Highland Elementary School end of year bash Tuesday night, so WTVY stopped by to hear their thoughts on the uniform policy.

"It's really the best thing because it keeps things structured at home, you know what they're going to wear the next day,” said Highland Elementary Parent Missy Wright. “I think it looks more unified."

"It will help prevent a lot of bullying and especially it will be good for the parents that are less fortunate,” said Highland Elementary Parent Cinnamon Clark.

Parents can voice their opinions on the code of conduct at a public meeting at Dothan Preparatory Academy on June 4th.

Faulk also talked about a revision to the cell phone policy and penalties for using a phone in school.

He's holding a news conference Friday, where WTVY expects to learn more details.

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