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Posted: Saturday, August 9, 2003 5:06 am | Updated: 1:01 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Baggy pants. Spaghetti strap tops. Hip hugger jeans. Governing board members in the Gilbert Unified School District are fed up with dress-code violations in Gilbert schools.

"I just don’t understand how they can walk around with their pants that low," board member Linda Ford Rollans said during a board work study session Thursday. "I find that really offensive. I don’t need to see a person’s underwear."

Board president Helen Hollands said the meeting was scheduled to discuss ways to enforce the dress code.

Suggestions included the use of an informative video, posters with examples of how to dress and handing out laminated cards that teachers could use to send a student to the principal’s office.

Assistant superintendent Dave Allison said girls who violate the dress code are told to remove their garment in the restroom and change to an old physical education shirt. The boys are told to pull up their pants. Repeat violators are told to phone home and do community service around school.

After the meeting, Hollands said enforcement of the dress code is important to ensure students are paying attention to lessons — and not what someone is or isn’t wearing.

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