Board Reverts Back to Old Rule: Middle and High School Students Must Wear ID at All Times After All
FlaglerLive | July 21, 2015
Middle and high school students will not get a break on wearing their identification cards after all.
After the Flagler County School Board agreed in June to change the policy and require students to carry their ID and produce it on request, but not necessarily wear it outwardly at all times, the board this evening reversed course and decided to let the old policy stand: all IDs must be worn at all times, or else the student will be subject to a visit to the dean’s office.
The change was partly the result of an email Colleen Conklin, who chairs the school board, received from a resident raising objections to the more lenient policy on security grounds. The more lenient policy developed in June because many students found themselves breaking their ID and no longer being able to wear it. They’d be stopped in hallways or in classrooms and, because the student code requires it, sent to the dean’s office for wearing the ID, even though they usually had it on their person. That resulted in students missing class time, even though they could produce the ID.
At one point Tuesday evening Conklin suggested adding wording to the new policy that would require that students wear the ID or produce it on request. Board member Trevor Tucker objected, saying that would be contradictory. “They can;t do both,” he said. They’d have to be required either to wear it or to produce it on request, otherwise the policy would be too confusing.
Winnie Oden, who handles security matters in the district, advised the board to keep the old policy, otherwise the more lenient one would miss the point of IDs in the first place.
The board voted 4-0 to revert to the old policy’s wording. (Andy Dance is traveling in the Northeast.)
The previous story is below.
After Relaxing Dress Code, District Now Eases ID Policy for Middle and High School Students
Jan. 21–Attention middle and high school students: you will not have to wear your school at all times in all places during school hours on school grounds.
When school reconvenes on Aug. 24 middle and high school students will only be required to show their ID on request from a school staffer. That means they’ll have to carry their ID at all times, but it can be in their wallet, their pocket or anywhere else out of view until requested. For students in grades 7 and up, the school ID will be the equivalent of a driver’s license, which no one wears but all drivers must have at the ready to show on request from police.
The Flagler County School Board is expected to ratify the policy change Tuesday evening after approving the change on June 2, and advertising the policy’s new wording since.
That change is to align with the code of conduct that was discussed at workshop regarding student ID and the code of conduct in May. It’s the latest in what has become an annual relaxation of certain aspects of the student code dealing with the dress code and other items students wear or carry.
In May, the board agreed to substantially relax the dress code for high school students starting this fall, a major concession to students—and to last year’s student board member, Michael Manning, who led the drive to relax the code.
For high school students, any reasonable attire now goes, as long as it’s pants and a collared shirt of any solid color, striped or plaid design, with generous allowances for certain t-shirts as well (team jerseys, logo shirts representing teams or clubs, school shirts), which they can wear any day of the week. Last year, they could only wear such t-shirts on Fridays or “spirit” days.
The more relaxed dress code is the result of suggestions from school staffers and some school board members who have been looking to reduce the amount of time teachers have to spend policing clothes. The same approach is behind the more relaxed ID policy, the policing of which wasted a lot of time without appreciable benefits to schools or students.
Board members, however, disagreed in June when the administration first presented the new proposed dress code’s schedule of punishments, finding it in some cases too immediately harsh.
For example, in high school, the administration had proposed following a first warning for a dress code infraction with a referral, a verbal warning, parental contact and 45 minutes’ after-school detention.
School Board members Andy Dance and Colleen Conklin found the detention too draconian for a first warning.
“For the first initial warning I think it’s OK to write them up, tell them they’re not in compliance with the consequence of pulling them out on a repeat offense,” Dance said at the time, “but that’s just me, and we have 30 days to review it and discuss it before the next meeting. But I don’t know that I’ll approve it with the language that’s in there.”
The 30 days have had their effect. The policy the administration is presenting Tuesday evening has reworded the consequence to just a verbal warning, just as it is for middle school and elementary school students, with the referral, the parental contact and the 45 minutes of after-school detention reserved for the second violation. A third violation incurs 90 minutes’ detention after school, and a fourth violation results in Saturday detention and a one-day in-school suspension. The district is moving away from out of school suspensions.
“The schools will use a common system of discipline for dress code violations,” the code states.