Graduation speakers, dress code clarified

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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:26 pm

During the Dakota Valley School Board meeting Monday night, June 10, High School Principal Erik Sommervold discussed a new change in the dress code policy regarding hooded sweatshirts.

“Hoodies have kind of become an issue,” Sommervold said. “When I say an issue, I mean students obviously have earbuds in and if they have their hoods up, we have difficulty identifying who the students are. If they’re walking through the halls and whether or not they have their headphones in, it’s just a safety concern. We just want to make sure that all the students are on task. So the issue of hoods will be added into the dress code where it wasn’t before.”

Students are still allowed to wear hooded sweatshirts, but are not to have the hood up.

Sommervold said when it comes to the selection of graduation speakers, nothing has changed, but they rewrote the policy to clarify it to make sure it makes the most sense. So the top Valedictorian based on GPA, ACT and Smarter Balanced scores will speak. If multiple students are tied, all of the students with a tied score will speak at graduation ceremonies.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.