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Jul 30, 2012 12:21 PM

Litchfield dress code limits hairstyles, piercings

PHOENIX (AP) - A new dress code covering hundreds of teachers in the Phoenix area bans extreme hairstyles, facial piercings and distracting tattoos.

Officials in the Litchfield Elementary School District say the policy adopted earlier this month promotes modesty and professionalism.

But some educators tell the Arizona Republic that it's too restrictive and worry about how the rules will be enforced.

The policy covers more than 600 teachers in 13 elementary and middle schools in Goodyear, Avondale, Buckeye and Litchfield Park.

Many school districts ask teachers to dress professionally and cover offensive tattoos. Some smaller school districts have tougher dress codes for teachers.

Litchfield's rules have some prohibitions common in workplaces, including rubber flip-flops, visible undergarments and cleavage and bare midriffs.

The rules limiting hairstyles, piercings and tattoos have generated more debate.

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