The dress code for the current school year says that students are not allowed to cover their heads, wear caps, hats or hair rollers inside the building. It does not mention anything about religious exemptions.

In both cases, the parents assert that school district administrators have been extremely unresponsive to their concerns.

Pearland ISD officials did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

Charles Gooden Jr., a Pearland ISD trustee, wrote on Facebook on May 14 that in response to the incident with Trice, the school administration asked the dress code committee to re-examine the code for any culturally insensitive or out-of-date policies. He added that the administration is looking to possibly expand diversity training, and establish “a committee of minority district leaders to look at issues around diversity and sensitivity.”

“It’s no secret that racism, whether intentional or not, has crept into the code,” Trustee Mike Floyd wrote on Facebook afterward. “The administration has made it clear that they are aware of the Board’s stance that provisions which are rooted in cultural or racial inequalities must be changed, and anything less will be unacceptable in my opinion.”