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STC High Student Handbook “covers” more in new revision

September 17, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

All of the 74-page South Tama High School Student Handbook is comprehensive in about any aspect of attending school in Tama.

South Tama School Board members added a bit more "cover" to it Monday night in revising a section of the student dress code: "Shorts, pants, skirts must cover all of the students buttocks and may not expose any of the students' anatomy considered private. This includes holes and tears in student clothing."

The revision eliminated a clause which read " mid thigh length shorts or skirts are acceptable. Shorts or skirts must be at least finger tip length when arms are placed at students sides."

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South Tama School Board (seated- Jackie Dvorak and Ron Houghton. Standing, l-r) Alan Kline, Penny Tyynismaa and Mandy Lekin.
Chronicle/News-Herald file

Although those ripped and torn pants in vogue apparently may still be worn with the restrictions, the dress code already in place is pretty specific. School board members adopted the Student Handbook in its entirety during their special meeting.

A sampling of the rest of the dress code includes:" trousers, slacks, shorts, skirts, pants are to be worn to the waist." Prohibited are "excessively baggy or saggy pants," pajama tops and pants and most hats, bandanna or head covering as well as clothing which is distracting. No clothes with reference to drugs, alcohol, sex or profanity or an affiliation with a gang or hate group are allowed.

Late Arrival

A second procedural change approved in the handbook assigns all handling of tardy arrival to the office. Students who arrive after 8:15 a.m. receive detentions and are ineligible to take part in school activities on that school day such as practice or scheduled contest.


A contract was approved by the board Monday for Elizabeth Placencia, high school special education aide.

Resignations were accepted from Berleen Wobeter, half-time family and consumer science and Darvin Graham, assistant varsity baseball coach.

The annual appointment of investigators for allegations of student physical or sexual abuse by school employees is required by the Iowa Code.

Appointments as investigators approved by the board include: Brad Schweppe, Kris Collins, Melanie Kemper, Anita Townsley, Ben Adams, Scott Bolen, Leah Fonua, Roy Frakes, Brent Bagnall, Dan Lopez, Dina Keahna and Jared Smith (Level I alternate.)

Level II is the Ahlers and Cooney Law Firm or other designated source.

In other business Monday the school board approved:

the 2018-19 personnel organizational chart

activity department 2018-19 possible overnight trips and anticipated fund raising activities planned by caches / sponsors of high school activities.

the bid totaling about $9,000 to review and revise the District Board Policy Manual from Lynch Dallas PC, attorneys, Cedar Rapids.



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