Posted Date: 05/03/2021
Special Board Meeting on May 4
The Troy ISD Board of Trustees has called a special meeting on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the Troy High School Commons to discuss the student dress code and the process used to review it. The meeting will provide the board the opportunity to listen to the community and the transparency to publicly discuss the student dress code and the review process. The meeting will be available for viewing via Zoom, and the agenda is posted on the district website.
The district formally reviews the student dress code by committee every three years. The current dress code was reviewed and implemented prior to the 2018-19 school year and is due for formal review prior to the 2021-22 school year. In keeping with past practice, the District Student Dress Code Committee will consist of students, parents/caregivers, and district staff members who characterize the local community. Trustees and campus administrators have been asked to submit names of those who are willing to serve. As we have done in the past, local students, parents/caregivers, and staff will be surveyed on various dress code issues.
The district strives to implement the dress code equitably. However, some portions of the current dress code are different for girls and boys. Over the years, Texas courts have upheld locally developed dress codes that differentiate dress and groom standards based on gender. There are court cases and even legislation pending that could affect dress code decisions in the future. The district will comply with future legislation and applicable court rulings.
The district welcomes collaboration with local stakeholders in reviewing the student dress code based on community standards while also considering current legal trends.