At the May 22 Board meeting, TDSB trustees voted twenty to two to approve a revised Policy P042, now called the Student Dress policy. Trustees acknowledged that the revision of P042 was precipitated by the students who visited the May 30, 2018 Governance and Policy Committee meeting, and by the generations of student activists that they represented.
We’ll try to put together a more substantial post soon; and we’ll begin to shift our focus to ensuring that the revised policy is what’s enforced beginning in September 2019. But for now, we’ll end with an excerpt from the policy’s Rationale:
Historically, school dress codes have been written and enforced in ways that disproportionately and negatively impact: female-identified students, racialized students, gender diverse, transgender and non-binary students, students with disabilities, socioeconomically marginalized students and Indigenous, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students. Focused, explicit, persistent and determined action is required to challenge and overcome this history. The Student Dress Policy draws on the principles of equity, anti-oppression, anti-racism, non-discrimination, equitable and inclusive education.
The timeline so far: