The Mobile County Public School System is considering making some revisions to its current dress code policy for employees.
The school board will hold two public hearings before voting on whether to accept the changes. The hearings will be on Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 at 6 p.m in the board room at the central office facility on Howells Ferry and Schillinger roads.
Human Resources Executive Director Bryan Hack said the updates are in line with dress code policies he has reviewed at several of the area’s large companies and at nearby school systems.
“Ninety-eight percent of our employees already follow this dress code policy,” Hack said.
There has been some confusion as an item pertaining to the dress code was on the agenda for Wednesday night’s board meeting and was approved by the board. That was simply a motion to put the policy out for public input and to hold the hearings.
The changes themselves have not been approved.
Board member Levon Manzie emphasized during the meeting that he wants to make sure every one of the district’s 7,600 employees get to see the proposed changes and has an opportunity to provide input. That includes, he said, any employees who may not have email access such as bus drivers or custodians.
Schools Superintendent Martha Peek said, “We want input from everyone." The dress code policy, she said, will be given to every employee "via technology or hard copy."
The policy is being sent out to employees as an email blast and will be provided as hard copies to employees who may not check email.
The policy with its proposed changes is also available here. The proposed changes are marked in blue.
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