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The Aiken County School Board will hear on final reading revisions to the “Code of Student Conduct” on Tuesday at its regular meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Aiken County Public Schools' district office at 1000 Brookhaven Drive.

At the board's meeting May 28, District Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford asked the board members to pull the “Code of Student Conduct” item from the agenda to allow the district to define more clearly changes to the dress code regarding how leggings could be worn by middle and high school students.

The board also will vote on the closing of the Aiken Performing Arts Academy Charter School. On April 14, the Aiken Performing Arts Academy notified the district by letter that its board had voted unanimously to end operations as of June 30.

The board will hear on first reading changes to the tobacco-free school district and workplace policy.

On April 26, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster signed Act 25 of 2019/H. 3420 into law to update the Youth Access to Tobacco Prevention Act of 2006. The act inserts a new section into Title 59, Chapter 1 that requires the following: 

“By August 1, 2019, every local school district in the State shall adopt, implement, and enforce a written policy prohibiting at all times the use of any tobacco product or alternate nicotine product by any person in school buildings, in school facilities, on school campuses, and in or on any other school property owned or operated by the local school administrative unit.

“The policy also must prohibit the use of any tobacco product or alternative nicotine product by persons attending a school-sponsored event at a location not listed in this subsection when in the presence of students or school personnel or in an area where smoking or other tobacco use is otherwise prohibited by law.”

The Board also will hear updates on construction projects at Aiken High's James Taylor Gymnasium, the new Ridge Spring-Monetta High School, the renovated Graniteville Elementary and the football stadium at Silver Bluff High School.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.

A native of Aiken, Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.