Responding to critics, Wyoming Valley West loosens dress code

By Mark Guydish - [email protected] | August 10th, 2017 7:46 pm

KINGSTON — Citing a student protest last year and public criticism at school board meetings, Wyoming Valley West board member David Usavage conceded the revised dress code approved this week could be described as a “loosening”of the rules.

The biggest changes, Usavage said, are the decision to allow cargo pants and any solid color khaki-style pants, and to ban sleeveless dresses. He didn’t know all the changes, which are supposed to be made public when the revised policy is posted on the district website.

The policy being replaced explicitly banned cargo pockets and restricted pants colors to beige/tan, black, gray, white or navy blue.

Usavage said he wasn’t involved in drafting the new policy, and voiced some concern about allowing cargo pants.

But he also said that someone is invariably unhappy regardless of what a dress code allows or bars. He said it was his understanding that Superintendent Irv DeRemer handled a complaint Tuesday morning from a person who had apparently already bought clothes for a child, including some items that were not allowed.

DeRemer could not be reached late Thursday afternoon.

By Mark Guydish

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