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After student feedback, Greece Schools changes phys. ed. policy

The Greece Central School District has changed its policy for students who choose to change their clothing for physical education classes.

Greece, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Greece Central School District has changed its policy for students who choose to change their clothing for physical education classes.

Superintendent Kathleen Graupman announced the change Thursday.

"I don't usually change for gym," Dominic Conciatori, a senior at Odyssey, said. "But other people, they can get extremely sweaty, and I think they'd like to change. We only have five minutes, otherwise, and it's really not enough time for most people."

"Right now, what I'm wearing, I would not play in this," said Tynias Strong, a junior at Odyssey. "Then walk the rest of the day sweating, smelling like who knows what, and everyone's probably looking at me saying, 'Ew, you smell.'"

Some parents are split on the new policy.

"They've done it for years. There's no reason they shouldn't continue,” said Dean Austin, whose son is in the 8th grade. “I mean, playing basketball in long pants? Running track and field in long pants?"

Maura Brenna-Austin sees it differently.

"As long as they have sneakers, I think it's fine," she said.

Initially for the 2017-2018 school year, the district implemented a new policy which gave the students the option to change for physical education classes. The locker rooms were closed for the first week of school, and students needed to change in restrooms instead.

"I really don't like it," Strong said. "It's really hard for me to get to class on time. It's kind of hard to change, because bathrooms are pretty busy."

After students reported challenges of changing in the restrooms, the district changed its policy and said locker rooms will be open for students who want to change their clothes.

Some of the reasons behind closing the locker rooms are to help students with body image and increase gym class participation and consistency district-wide.

“We are a district that honors student voice,” said Superintendent Kathleen Graupman. “We will continue to evaluate the new practice throughout the school year, make adjustments when necessary.”

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