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St. Johns School District Seeks Parents' Input On Dress Code

This female student was one of 80 whose photos were adjusted to cover their bodies.

The St. Johns County School District is asking parents to take a dress code survey at the same time the federal government is investigating parents’ complaint that the district’s dress code discriminates against female students.

The district came under fire this past school year after the yearbook advisor at Bartram Trail High School digitally altered the photos of 80 girls to cover up more of their bodies.

The nine-question poll asks parents how strongly they agree or disagree with prohibitions on everything from bedroom slippers and lingerie to gang graffiti scrawled on backpacks.

It also asks whether parents agree with this requirement: “Clothing must cover areas from one armpit to the other armpit, down to 5 inches in length on the upper thigh. Tops must have shoulder straps and be long enough to adequately cover the waistline and not expose midriff.”

Parents have until next Friday, July 16, to take it.

As WJCT News partner News4Jax reported, that’s also the deadline for the district to provide documents to the U.S. Education Department as part of its investigation.