South Scotland

Scottish Borders revised school dress code agreed

Revised guidelines on the clothing which is acceptable at schools in the Borders have been agreed.

The current dress code policy was adopted by Scottish Borders Council more than 10 years ago.

A number of changes and clarifications have been made following consultation with staff, pupils and parents.

The items deemed unacceptable include high-heeled shoes, clothes that are "too revealing" and those carrying offensive or indecent images.

The council also discussed how the policy can be enforced.

A report to the authority said it was unlikely excluding a student for failure to wear a uniform would be deemed acceptable by the courts.

Instead parents and students will be reminded of the dress code.

During the consultation process, parents expressed a desire for flexibility regarding where school clothing could be bought and what was allowed.

It has been agreed that schools should encourage adherence to the dress code but that any sanctions should not involve the pupil missing lessons unless there is a safety issue.

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