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Atrocious Tattoos and “Unnatural” Hair Colors: Dress Code Policy Particulars

Vol. 13 No. 7

Can dress codes go too far? Recent viral stories of ridiculous-looking tattoos and one UK student’s banishment from school grounds over an “unnatural” hair color have revived conversations about how much influence dress codes can have on a community. Today, we’ll take a look at the potential impact that detailed dress codes can have in a private-independent school.

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​To Permit or to Ban: Revisiting Cellphone Policies, Part One

Vol. 13 No. 7

Cellphones have evolved in the past decade from comparatively crude communication devices little better than walkie-talkies to miniature computers more powerful than the machines that put two men on the moon in 1969. With great power, however, comes great responsibility. While schools that historically banned the devices experiment with classroom use, certain critics claim that the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.

This month, we’ll take a look at some of the arguments in favor of allowing students to use their personal cellphones during school hours.

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The Absolute Worst Interview Questions—And What to Ask Instead

Vol. 13 No. 6

Any lawyer can tell you which interview questions to avoid due to liability concerns, but some legally permissible questions still make applicants’ teeth grind when asked. Many of these questions seem like smart things to ask, but rarely give you any added insight into the applicant as a future employee.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the top five worst interview questions to ask an applicant—and what you should ask instead.

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Leading the Leaders

Vol. 13 No. 6

School Heads often find themselves in the position of “leading leaders”—that is, guiding people who are used to having the final say in their areas of expertise. A team of leaders understands the importance of getting things done and hammering out logistics. With them, you pit the best of the best against the problems your school faces. That same team can also devolve into a mosh pit of powerful personalities, all needing the last word.

Whether your team becomes a league of private school superheroes or a catfight depends largely on how you frame and guide your leaders.

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When (and How) to Call a Snow Day

Vol. 13 No. 5

Deciding to cancel school for a snow day remains one of the most public and potentially contentious decisions a School Head can make. After all, parents, faculty, and staff alike can play armchair-Head and declare what they would (or would not) have done in your place with the clear vision of hindsight.

Your school community's safety lies in your hands during bad weather. At the same time, as Head, you don't want to force parents to scramble to arrange child care for no reason. How, then, can you determine whether you should cancel school for wicked winter weather?

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Top Ten School Head Articles of 2014

Vol. 13 No. 5

Over the past year, we’ve written about everything from handling criticism and crafting job descriptions to the dangerous ways students try to get high—and we’ll be sure to cover more hot topics in the year to come. Before we move on, though, let's look back to the top-read articles in the School Head e-Letter over the past year.

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