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By Tim Linscott Tribune Sentinel

A save made by a fingertip.
No, not a save in soccer but a change in policies to the student handbook for Perkins County Public Schools.
At the July board meeting proposed changes to the dress code included all students must wear dresses, skirts or shorts that went to knee level.
The current policy stated that the shorts were to be as long as the tip of the fingers of a student holding their arms to their sides. Administration reported that there were many instances of female students wearing shorts that were short enough that it caused a distraction in school.
Board members discussed the issue, noting that for females, finding shorts that went to the knees meant athletic shorts.
“Basically, what we are saying here is that the girls can’t wear shorts anymore,” board member Jayson Bishop said.
Board member Doug Beck pointed out that the track singlets and volleyball shorts are short and tight and are sponsored by the school district, explaining he had a few misgivings about allowing only shorts to the knees.
The board accepted changes to the handbook with the exception of the length of shorts, keeping the standard to be worn by students as to be mid-thigh level.
Other changes to the handbook include:
• Freshman will no longer have open campus. Administrators reported that freshman with a learner’s permit were leaving during free periods and not returning in a timely manner, resulting in ‘a rash of tardy’ violations.
•  The eligibility policy for students in regard to grades and rules infractions was streamlined by PCS activities director Carlie Wells and other administrators.
“Wording was changed, the process simplified for drug, alcohol and tobacco infractions,” Picquet said.
One major change is that if a student is deemed ineligible to play for an infraction, the student can still practice. In prior incarnations of the policy, if a student was ineligible to play, they did not practice.
“Now if a student is ineligible to play, they can still practice and maintain a relationship with that coach and team and continue to have a structured environment to work through the infraction in,” Picquet said.