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Portland Public Schools moving toward more relaxed, gender neutral dress code policy

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Portland Public Schools officials are working on eliminating the current dress code policy and implementing a newer, more relaxed version.

PPS held a meeting on Tuesday to hear comments from the public and students.

One family in attendance said sometimes lecturing a student about clothing isn't the right thing to do.

When Mya Ruvalcaba was 11 years old she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. Her mom said she went through months of therapy and saw doctors until she was back in good health, but all that progress came to a halt when Mya was sent to the principals office and lectured for over an hour for an outfit she was wearing.

"To have her called out by an adult in her school shaming her for the way she looked after we just got through a treatment program was shocking," Mya's mom said.

Mya said she missed an important class that day and needed to catch up.

Another parent, Betsy Malolepsy, believes it's the parents responsibility to say what is and isn't allowed for their child to wear before stepping foot out of the house.

"It shouldn't be the teachers job, and it inappropriately shames girls and I think it's really a waste of time at school," Malolepsy said.

The old policy called for no bra straps to be shown, no stomach exposure and shorts couldn't be too short. 

PPS conducted a survey among parents, teachers and students asking what would be best: A stricter dress code or a more relaxed dress code. An overwhelming number found the relaxed dress code a better option.

The new dress code will be gender neutral. Kids are able to dress how they want as long as the essential parts are covered, and vulgar language is not allowed.

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