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Dress code clarified for prom

Osakis High School's spring prom is scheduled for Saturday, April 22. Co-advisor Bobbie Jo Haakinson appeared before the Osakis School Board at its Monday, Feb. 13 meeting to discuss the district's prom dress code.

Haakinson told the board she had updated the wording of the previous dress code because fashion has changed. The previous wording on "no exposed midriff section" was eliminated.

After discussion, the School Board agreed to maintain a prom dress code. To prevent anyone being embarrassed or turned away at the door the night of prom, all girls must submit a photo of themselves wearing their chosen prom dress to Haakinson before prom.

"We have a right to not allow entrance to the prom," Board Member Monika Klimek commented.

The prom rules have gone out to the juniors and seniors.

"Appropriate attire is required since prom is an official, formal school event," the OHS Prom 2017 letter reads, followed by suggestions for "gentlemen" for dress pants, dress shirt, sports coat and tie, or tuxedo, along with dress shoes and socks. Boys attending the prom are not required to submit a photo.

"Ladies, an acceptable prom dress is one that you would feel comfortable wearing to a formal event at school," the letter reads. "Length of dresses must be lower than the fingertips when arms are held straight down at sides. Tennis shoes, sunglasses and baseball caps are not formal attire and are not acceptable."

The prom letter outlines the night's activities. Pictures will be taken between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. The Grand March will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5 and will go on sale Monday, March 20. Attendees will be allowed to reserve tickets. General admission tickets will be available at the door at $2 for adults and $1 for students.

All students attending prom must stay until the event ends at midnight. No one may leave during the banquet/dance events without prior permission from parents/guardians received by April 19. Parents may request a phone call if their student leaves the prom.

Prom "is a privilege and not a right," stated the letter, which must be signed by the student and returned.

Haakinson and Matt Hoelscher are the prom advisors.

Osakis Public Schools also have a school dress code, which includes no ripped jeans, and other apparel guidelines. Principal Tim Roggenbuck commented that if a student arrives at school in ripped jeans, he uses duct tape to cover the rips.

Feedback from the 2017 prom and dress code will be used to refine the policy for the 2018 prom.

In other business, the School Board:

• Approved the second reading of MSBA model policies on chemical use/abuse, drug-free workplace/school; and tobacco-free environment.

• Heard reports on Runestone Ed. District from Tom Grundman and Supt. Joe Bergquist and CMETS from Monika Klimek.

• Heard a request from Student Representative Riley Moundson for a class or lessons on personal finance as an elective before students move on to college.

• Heard a report from Randy Bergquist on the elementary school activities, including I Love to Read Month in February, Book Fair, incentives, as well as the recent elementary staff and para-professional workshops.

• Heard a report from Roggenbuck on scheduling for next school year, application for funding grants, and the staff development workshops held for grades K-12.

• Accepted donations of 30 baseball pants for the baseball program from Dan Wessel; $150 from Arvig for the Science Olympiad; $373 from Arvig for the Public School; $500 for the Clay Target League from Osakis VFW; $550 for the elementary school for Legionville from the Osakis VFW; $500 for the football program/Hudl subscriptions from Osakis Gridiron Club; and $400 for Legionville from the Osakis Lions Club.