As a teacher myself and someone who lives in the South Florida area, this article about a recent issue at an elementary school over a teacher's right to wear a nose ring sort of jumped out at me. From "Nose jewelry ruffles schools:"
A recent dispute over a teacher's wardrobe had nothing to do with flip-flops or a low-cut top. Instead, it was a piece of diamond jewelry, about twice as wide as a dime's thickness, that raised the eyebrows of Martin County school officials.
A nose stud isn't professional dress, district officials said.
Last month, a federal arbitrator ruled in their favor.
The case, the first of a teacher filing a grievance over the district's professional dress policy, started in September when officials at Hobe Sound Elementary told first-grade teacher Julie Roberts, 40, to remove her diamond nose stud, which measured about 2 millimeters in diameter.
Teachers union representatives argued that the district didn't have the authority to arbitrarily dictate a working condition that wasn't agreed upon and never discussed at the bargaining table. Furthermore, the school board rules "encourage" a certain wardrobe, but they don't specifically forbid facial piercings, union representatives argued.
The arbitrator disagreed, saying the school district did have the authority to require Roberts to remove her nose. He said a committee of "moderate-minded" principals and teachers could define professional dress in the future.
Florida Education Association's Falvo said the teachers union plans to address wardrobe during contract negotiations this summer.
I find this interesting because I am so careful about what I wear when I enter a classroom. It would never occur to me to wear jewelry like this. Times are changing I guess. Of course, I'm also a big baby when it comes to getting holes punctured through my body. It's all I could do to get my ears double pierced.