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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Parents vote for uniforms at high school



schooluniform.jpgWhat do you think of the news that Clearwater High School has become the first Pinellas high school to approve a dress code that requires polo shirts and forbids concert tees, short skirts and jean shorts? Our colleague Dan Sullivan reports that other local high schools are also considering the change and are watching the effects at Clearwater High.

The new policy requires students to wear long- or short-sleeved polo or dress shirts in the school's colors — red, white, gray or black. Students may also wear black or khaki pants, knee-length shorts or skirts, blue jeans, plain sweatshirts or sweaters in the school's colors, and Clearwater High T-shirts. Students must also wear a belt with shorts, pants and jeans. 

Among the items that students may no longer wear are oversized and undersized shirts, items that expose midriffs or cleavage, jeans shorts and hoodies. 

Parents met at a forum last week to discuss the changes. Some embraced the idea, saying it helps teach kids proper decorum and better behavior.  Others spoke out against it, expressing concerns about costs and the limits to students' freedom of expression.

So what do you think, parents? Good idea or window dressing?

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[Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2012 8:09am]


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