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Lewis County dress code draws teacher grievances

By Roger Adkins

Exponent Telegram

WESTON, W.Va. — Most staff members in the Lewis County school system have accepted the new dress code, officials said.

Five teachers filed a grievance through the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, but school officials said no one else seems to have a problem with the policy.

The grievance process is ongoing, officials said.

Lewis County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Mace said he cannot comment on the grievance at this time. He did say that other than the grievance, there have been no adverse reactions to the policy since its implementation.

“We don’t have any problems right now. We haven’t addressed any issues lately. That means people are abiding by the policy,” Mace said.

The policy allows jeans, as long as they aren’t blue, but bans shorts. It also requires dresses and skirts to be of a certain length, school officials said.

Although the matter was a heated topic for a short time, teachers are complying with the policy, and it has been business as usual in the school system, board member Debbie Clem said.

“I believe it’s working out very well. Our teachers have been great about complying,” Clem said.

Prior to enacting the policy, board members felt there were some problems in the county’s schools regarding the way teachers dressed, board member Paul Derico said.

It mostly involved teachers dressing too casually, but there were a few cases where clothing was too revealing…

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