PEARLAND, Texas – The Pearland Independent School District made changes to its dress code for the upcoming school year.
The district said students are allowed to wear hijabs and other Muslim-related clothing without bringing a note from home. Officials also said parents and students would only be questioned when it is unclear that a student is wearing something for religious-related reasons.
The district was under fire recently after an administrator was accused of using a marker to color in a student's haircut.
On April 17, a Berry Miller Junior High School campus administrator told the 13-year-old boy that his new haircut was in violation of the school's dress code and gave the boy the following options: notify his mother, receive disciplinary action or fill in the shape of the missing hair with a marker.
The student chose the last option. Pearland ISD said the administrator was placed on administrative leave.
Pearland ISD's previous dress code stated: "Hair must be neat, clean and well groomed. Extreme hairstyles such as carvings, mohawks, spikes, etc. are not allowed."
A summary of the major changes to the dress code are as follows:
- Blouses, shirts and dresses may be solid or multi-colored and include stripes, plaids or multi-prints
- Campus/district spirit shirts may include college or professional sports teams
- Jeans may be distressed, but not to the extent that skin is showing
- Restrictions on hairstyles and carvings have been removed, yet distracting colors remain prohibited
- Head coverings such as hats, caps, bandanas or hair rollers are not allowed (an exception will be made for religious headwear).