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More Pinellas schools set to move to strict dress codes



Two more Pinellas schools are opting for strict dress codes this fall.

High Point Elementary has proposed that students wear khaki or navy blue "bottoms" (long pants or shorts, with the option of skirts or skorts for girls) with logo-less polo shirts in navy blue, yellow, or white.

Under Lakewood High School's plan, students would wear khakis or blue jeans (long pants or shorts below the knee) with polo or long-sleeved, collared-shirts in solid colors other than red. The logos on these shirts could be no larger than a quarter.

Both schools' proposals have made exception for "spirit shirts," or school-related t-shirts from clubs, athletics and the like.

Bob Vicari, the principal of Lakewood High School, said 61 percent of a committee of students, staff and parents voted through the modified dress code. Some students were even excited, he told Gradebook.

"I was pretty surprised. There were individual kids, clubs who ran with it, who want to design spirit shirts," Vicari said.

Eleven Pinellas schools have already adopted modified dress codes, including Clearwater High School, which became the first high school to do so last school year. Vicari said he spoke to Clearwater staff as he looked to make the same decision.

"They said the climate changed, that it became more of an academic environment," he said.

Obviously, not every teenager is hip-hip-hooraying over losing some outfit choices. When the Times wrote about potential dress code changes in February, plenty of students had rebellion plans ready to go.

The school board will review the proposals at its meeting Tuesday, but are likely to okay them; both have been recommended for approval by Superintendent Michael Grego.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:05pm]


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