ST. AUGUSTIN, Florida. – Of the hundreds of yearbooks printed with edited photos of female students, only 25 have been requested for reprint, according to St. Johns County School District spokesperson Christina Langston.
Of those who requested reprinted versions from printer Herff Jones, only 12 returned their original directory, which contained at least 80 photos of college girls edited to make them appear more modest.
The reprints come as the district is under investigation by the US Department of Education’s civil rights office.
Based on a complaint filed in late March, the OCR on Monday launched an investigation into whether the SJCSD had violated Title IX through the district’s dress code policy and how it was being enforced.
“It has always been difficult to challenge dress codes because the courts have said it is okay to have dress codes differentiated by gender and as long as you don’t overload one group of students over the other. “, explained Naomi Shatz, lawyer and Title IX expert.
The district also formed a special committee to review and recommend how the dress code should be changed and updated. This committee has not yet postponed its first meeting, which has been postponed.
The investigative process could take months.
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