Arlington schools' student code addresses electronic cigarettes, see-through clothing

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ARLINGTON -- School officials will allow see-through clothing at school for the 2013-14 school year as long as students are wearing code-compliant clothing underneath.

IPads will be allowed, but e-cigarettes will not.

And don't even think of using tech devices to "degrade the character of school personnel."

Those items were part of the Student Code of Conduct committee's annual presentation to the Arlington school board Thursday.

"The main thing that we did was a lot of tweaking and rewording," said Michael Hill, assistant superintendent of administration. "And we emphasized the technology piece."

A Bring Your Own Technology policy was approved by the board in November before the program rolled out this semester.

So far, Hill said, the policy that allows students to bring devices for classroom use has been surprisingly trouble-free.

"That was coming up as I was coming into this position, and I was really worried about it," Hill said. "I have had two issues come up on the 74 campuses that have rolled this out, and they were both very minor issues."

Hill said the transition has been smooth because teachers have the final say on when and whether to allow students to use phones or tablets in class.

"It's completely at the teacher's discretion," he said. "That was the authority that we wanted to give them."

Though electronic cigarettes haven't been a problem, they were added to the ban with other smoking materials.

"We haven't seen them, but the committee of teachers, administrators and community members thought it would be important to get out ahead of that," Hill said.

The dress code changes include allowing sheer tops if girls wear a full-length tank top underneath with shoulder straps at least 2 inches wide.

Trustees will vote on the new code May 2.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

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