Teachers were previously required to wear clothing that “minimizes” tattoos, but it did not prohibit part or all of the tattoo from showing. Board members appeared to be unanimous about tattoos being inappropriate in a classroom setting and authorized the policy change. Board member Jeff Flowers said, “There’s a stigma associated with (tattoos), and it’s not a good stigma.” Full articleThis seems a little over-the-top to me. I'm not advocating tattooing the periodic table to your forehead, but I'm wary of any time the word "forbid" gets thrown around, esp. when it is a government official (public school superintendent being a govt-paid position) doing the "forbidding."
Depending on the day's activities, teaching can be a pretty interactive job. I can see how a tattoo on your arm, ankle, shoulder or hip that typically wouldn't be seen could peak out. According to these new rules, is that a firable offense? Do the rules of common sense still apply? Will the district insurance cover laser-removal?
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