Petition update

Response from CPHS

Lacey Henry
Fayetteville, NC, United States

Feb 6, 2019 — 

As of Feb. 4, 2019, at 4:24 PM, I received a response from Daniel Krumanocker, the Principal of Cumberland Polytechnic HS. The Superintendent, Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., and the Associate Superintendent of School Support, Betty Musselwhite, were courtesy copied to the email as well.

Although this email shows we as a movement are making progress, there is still much left to be done, and we still await the new dress code to determine whether it is fully compliant with Title IX. We also note that the email states "guidelines for the Class of 2019" and we want to make sure this petition accomplishes fair and permanent change as well as compliance with Title IX for all future classes. 

Further, this is only the beginning, we hope all of you who have supported us thus far will continue to support us as we petition for permanent change not only to the graduation dress codes but also to the daily dress codes of all of Cumberland County Schools. Aside from the dress code, we will not settle in this movement until there is retraining and education on the contribution of dress codes and unfair enforcement of dress codes towards rape culture, racial profiling and discrimination, and the lack of safe environments for LGBTQ+ youth.


The email read:


Thank you for contacting me.  Earlier today the Superintendent and the CCS Chief Community Engagement & Communications Officer sent the following response to media outlets:

Cumberland County Schools’ Regulation Code: 4316-R3 Graduation Student Dress Code provides guidance on regalia requirements for high school graduations. Some additional graduation attire guidelines are developed at the school level to ensure all students are dressed in a manner appropriate to the solemnity of the occasion. However, school-level graduation guidelines will not require students to conform to a specific type of attire based on their gender, and they will be fully compliant with Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause.

We will continue to provide guidance to schools as they finalize their graduation guidelines for the Class of 2019.

We, here at  CPHS, have also taken your request seriously and we do as a school, by policy, have to establish appropriate attire for graduation practices and ceremonies. Today our school-level graduation adviser, senior class adviser and I met, reviewed the old dress code and we are preparing an updated dress code for the CPHS Graduation Ceremony and Senior Awards Banquet to meet all requirements.    We will have this updated Dress Code Requirement for the Graduation Ceremony and Senior Awards Banquet ready to present to all students and parents in our first mandatory parent/senior meeting in February of 2019.  The specific meeting time, date and location will be announced.

In the meantime if you have any specific questions for me I will be happy to respond.


Daniel J. Krumanocker, Jr. "

Regulation Code: 4316-R3

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