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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 1 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Sally Harris presided.

Board Members absent from today’s workshop were:  Tamara Shamburger 

Others present:

Board Attorney – James Porter

District Attorney – Jeff Gibson         

Deputy Superintendent:  Van Ayres

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Harrison Peters

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Business – Gretchen Saunders

      Diversity – Minerva Spanner-Morrow

      Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Operations – Chris Farkas

      Outreach – Larry Sykes, Ed.D.

      Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives – Wynne Tye

      Teaching and Learning – Debbie Cook

      Workforce Connections – Scott Brooks

Communications and Media Officer – Grayson Kamm

Media Outreach, Department Manager – Tanya Arja

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 25 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Chair Harris called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.

(1)   Review Dress Code Policy (Chief of Schools)

This workshop was to provide an overview of the dress code policy and how it is enforced in our schools.

Mrs. Griffin requested this workshop, female students are typically targeted, due to various body types. 

Harrison Peters, Chief of Schools, provided an overview of the workshop.  He introduced Jenny Hunkins, Supervisor; Mike Rowan, Principal, King High School; Sue Burkette, Principal, Bloomingdale High School; Mary Beth Brooks, Deputy Director; and Rick Grayes, Deputy Director.  The goal of this workshop was to discuss a more well-rounded dress code policy.

Jenny Hunkins presented a PowerPoint outlining data for dress code violations.

  • Priority is to keep students in class 
  • Schools have items donated to help with students violating dress code
  • Try not to let dress be a disruption
  • Student Code of Conduct has specific rules regarding student dress code 
  • Dress code violations are typically Black and Hispanic female students
  • Referral action should follow the Student Code of Conduct
    • first conference with student
    • conference or phone parent
    • all options before an out of school suspension

General Discussion:

  • Uniforms lower discipline issues
  • Look at adult dress
  • Need a clear definition of disruptive, with respect to dress code
  • Teach professional dress across the board
  • Be a role model for our students
  • Most schools make clothing available for students who out of compliance
  • Students will push the envelope, especially when it comes to dress 
  • Would like to see the policy written with a little less detail, providing some flexibility for principals
  • Dress code for outside activities is easier to enforce, students want to attend, therefore, they will abide by dress code.
  • The opportunity is greater for a female to be out of dress code
  • Careful not to confuse policies and rules
  • The Board sets policy, and the Superintendent sets procedure
  • Readdress some verbiage in guidelines and be equitable with procedures

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 3:06 p.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

 

 

 

Sally A. Harris, Chair

 

 

 

 

Attest:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Eakins, Superintendent

And Ex-Officio Secretary

 

 

 

HCPS publishes minutes of School Board meetings after Board approval. Although the online minutes do not include signatures, citizens may arrange to review the official documents by completing a public records request with the Communications Department.

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