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What not to wear? Pasco high schools spell it out



dress-code.jpgPasco County schools haven't gone so far as to mandate uniforms for all students (unlike Flagler and some other counties).

But high school principals throughout the county have taken steps in the first two weeks of classes to make sure students know what's not allowed.

Administrators at Gulf High patrolled the dropoff lines outside the school, halting teens wearing inappropriate attire before they could even get inside the doors. Land O'Lakes High prepared a flyer with clear pictures and labels so kids would have no trouble understanding that, among other things, "All shirts MUST cover your entire shoulder, chest and stomach ... no tank tops, spaghetti straps or off the shoulder shirts."

The violations were plentiful, Land O'Lakes office staffers said, including lots of short-shorts, low-cut shirts and pajamas.

"We have worked hard to begin the year with very tight enforcement," Mitchell High principal Jim Michaels said. "We have not had a major problem but feel it is important to stress the rules and concentrate on why we are all here, to learn."

Strict adherence to the rules does have a payoff, Pasco High principal Pat Reedy suggested. Pasco High always has enforced the dress code, Reedy said, "and this year is no different.  Actually, the students seem to adhering to the dress code policy, thus far, better than any start of the year that I can recall."

Do schools need a stricter dress code, perhaps even uniforms, to keep attention focused on education? 

[Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:08pm]


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