On online petition has begun seeking support to change Woodford County High School's 11-year-old dress code.
By 3 p.m. Friday, more than 170 people had signed the petition on Change.org that asks people to help change the code that began in the 2004-05 school year.
Principal Rob Akers said he is accepting "draft policies" to present to the school's site-based council. The dress code is on the council's agenda when it meets at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the school.
"I've got a young lady and a couple of her peers that are going to propose an alternate policy for us," he said.
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Other people are working on more alternatives, he said.
Wednesday was the first day of classes for students. One Facebook post said there was "a group of female students standing in the office" because they were not complying with the dress code.
Another post said, "This is ridiculous! Parents are being called away from important jobs and students are missing important class time because they are showing their collarbones!"
Akers, who inherited a dress code that was made before be became principal in 2005, said there weren't any more complaints about the policy this year than in years past.
"It's about the same. August is always rough for implementing the policy," Akers said. "There's a sense of 'Well, they're not really going to make us wear the dress code, at least for the first three days of school.' But we made announcements on the first day of school, at the end of the day," that students were expected to comply.
Among the criteria in the Woodford County High dress code is that students must wear a rounded crewneck shirt or a button-down shirt that may have only the top button open. Shirts must not expose the collarbone. Shorts and skirts must be knee-length or longer.
The one alternative policy submitted to Akers "gets into a set amount of space from the bottom of the neck, a fingertip measure on hemlines and a specific measurement in terms of straps on a sleeveless outfit, that kind of thing," he said.
The proposal suggests "a credit-card length from the bottom of the throat to the top of the shirt," Akers said.
This isn't the first time that the dress code has been the topic of debate.
At the end of the last school year, a documentary featuring female Woodford High students who alleged gender bias was posted to YouTube. It was titled Shame: A Documentary on School Dress Code, and by Friday it had received nearly 7,700 views.
Akers appeared in the documentary to explain the code. He told the Herald-Leader in June that he was open to a "better or different policy" and had asked students to give him an alternative solution that he could review.
But he said no alternatives came to him over the summer.
Now, "We've got people stepping up to the plate to provide us some options and alternatives," Akers said. "We just want to have an enforceable policy that has a degree of modesty so that kids come to school, dressed and ready to learn."
Any alternative proposal will need to go through a discipline committee, he said. Then it would go back to the site-based council for a vote.
Even if an alternative code is accepted, Akers said it probably wouldn't be implemented until the next semester that begins in January. Woodford County High has about 1,250 students enrolled this year.