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Dress code for Kamloops schools ready for next step

Karis Wilson was dismissed from Norkam Secondary over this outfit.
Image Credit: Facebook/Chris Wilson
March 26, 2021 - 6:00 AM

A new dress code policy at School District 73 is ready for the next step, but it's not ready to be unveiled yet.

The school board's dress code has come under intense public scrutiny after an incident at Norkam Secondary School in Kamloops.

Student Karis Wilson received global attention for being told to leave class over her choice of clothing on February 23.

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School superintendent Terry Sullivan told iNFOnews he wouldn't be commenting on Karis Wilson's case over respect for privacy issues.

And while Sullivan says the school district has created a new draft dress code, he wouldn't say how it is different from the last policy because he wants stakeholders to see it first.

"It took us three months (to draft the new policy), because we had to look at revisions. We had to have a lot of discussion. We had to have consultations with our lawyers as well," he said.

"We want to get the draft as right as we could make it but now we want to go through the consultation process with our stakeholder groups to make sure there isn't anything we may have missed."

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Karis Wilson stands outside NorKam Secondary School after school rally
Karis Wilson stands outside NorKam Secondary School after school rally

Sullivan says the plan is to meet with parents, students, school leaders, unions, aboriginal groups, and the Kamloops Sex Assault Centre.

The meeting will be held with all stakeholders at once via Zoom sometime within the next month or two, but "certainly before the end of the school year", and the stakeholders will return their input on the draft policy following a review with their members.

As for when the new draft policy will be ready for implementation, Sullivan wouldn't nail down a date.

"The consultation process will take as long as we need it to. it's not a question of doing it quickly we want to do it right to allow for input."


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