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Standard Student Attire Vote Approaches for Liberty Students
Standard Student Attire Vote Approaches for Liberty Students

 

By Brendan Becker, Liberty High School

Wish that Standard Student Attire (SSA) could go away or stay around for good? Well, now it’s time for students’ families to decide whether they want to keep enforcing it or lose it.

The vote on the matter occurs every four years. The SSA ballot will be sent to students’ homes this April, as the last vote was held in 2008.

SSA was introduced to Liberty nearly 10 years ago when the school was still new to the district.

“Standard student attire has been in effect at this school ever since it opened and at the time it was known as Dress for Success,” Principal Jeff Geihs said.

A student and her parents sued the Clark County School District in 2004 because they asserted Standard Student Attire was unconstitutional and a violation against student rights.

“In the end the family lost. The case went to district court and the district said that Liberty was allowed to have standard student attire, but schools can’t allow the principals to enforce a dress code on their own,” Geihs said.

As a result of that case, the school district made it a policy that there must be a vote for SSA to actually happen.

The vote is outlined by CCSD Regulation 5131, and it takes place when the school community or the principal want to have a dress code. The communities surrounding the school gather together and have a series of informational meetings.

At the meetings, the principal can decide whether he or she advocates a dress code or does not want to enforce it.

“I think SSA is a good thing for students. When I have 2,300 people running around on campus, it lets me know if there is one or two individuals who don’t belong here,” Geihs said.

Over the years, SSA has gotten a lot of support from students, parents and even Liberty’s own staff, including Assistant Principal Chris Hermes.

“I think it’s a good thing because it gives students a reason not to worry about which brand of clothing they’re wearing,” Hermes said.

When the 2010-2011 school year began, the district decided to make the dress code a little more strict with the rule of absolutely no brand clothing and only zipped jackets.

“It was the district who decided to make the rule of no brand clothing and only zipped jackets so whether it was Geihs or our former principal Rosalind Gibson (enforcing it,) the rule would have gone into effect,” Hermes said.

The controversy and support SSA has been getting over the past nine years aside, come April, families and students will see if SSA is gone for good or here to stay for another four years.

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