Instead of uniforms, a modified dress code?
Sorry to bring this to you a day late, but there's a lot happening at once ...
The idea of mandated "uniforms" throughout Pinellas schools seems to be fading.
At yesterday's workshop, school board members indicated they want some changes in the proposed policy. They directed Superintendent Julie Janssen to craft a policy that covers K-12, not just K-8 as initially proposed. They want it more flexible, with some board members indicating they don't like, for instance, the possibility of set colors. And they want whatever it ultimately becomes to be enforced.
By the end of a brief discussion, it sounded like the board didn't really want a uniform policy at all, or at least one that comports to what many students and parents envision when they think of uniforms (khaki pants, green polo).
Instead, they seemed to be calling for a modified dress code - one that says what students must wear (collared shirt with sleeves, belts for pants with loops) as opposed to one that says what they can't (baggy pants, spaghetti straps).
When board member Linda Lerner said as much, the other board members didn't disagree: Let's not call it a uniform policy, she said. "Just call it a simplified dress code that will be enforced."
Janssen said she would come up with a K-12 dress code policy that would "simply state what's expected."