Should Toledo School Principles Decide Their Own Dress Codes?

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Should we have a "one size fits all" TPS dress code? If the principal of each school took the present TPS dress code (especially for the high schools), and applied it to the students just for their school would this be better? If they did this in consulation with their schools' parent-teachers association would this make things more likely to be acceptable? It might also allow parents and students to "vote with their feet" (go to another school if they found the present one unacceptable because of the dress code). It provides feed-back on what is acceptable, and what isn't, to the students and parents.

Old South End Broadway

One school district. One dress code. Keep It Simple Silly.

Letting the Principals have some leeway in setting special days such as casual day, or Ohio State day is good.

I was at the forum at the Board of Education when they decided to have the dress code, at the time it was called the uniform policy. Parents were very adamant that they wanted their children to be individuals. There were other reason why some of the parents did not want a uniform policy. But there were hand picked parents from the Parent Partners or whatever they are called and the Parent Congress who overruled the other parents because Dr. Eugene Sanders had it stuck in his mind that all students should wear a uniform because it would improve test scores. Well we know how that theory played out.

The first year the elementary schools complied more or less. When the junior highs went to uniform the students found a way to make their "uniform" unique. When it went to high schools, there was a complete rebellion, although the administration was saying what a big success it was.

The Early College parents sent an e-mail to the superintendent and policy committee and said that they did not want their students to have a uniform policy because that would make the students stand out on UT's campus. So the administration complied and relaxed their dress code, while holding other schools and students to a strict standard and even started suspending students for dress code violations.

Scott high school with the four small schools was another situation that was a disaster. For instance after Easter break in April 2007 three of the schools had to be in dress code and the fourth did not, for an entire week. This caused all kinds of chaos because even in the same family you had siblings who had to be in dress code and another sibling who did not.

We represented a few students who were suspended for a dress code violation, such as one student had on a pair of pants that had a pocket which was not allowed. At Bowsher a student was pictured in the Blade in a plaid shirt which was a violation but he got no penalty.

I think a dress code would have been better accepted by the students, pants at waist, shirt tucked in and belt. But only allowing one type of shoe, pants and shirt sometimes caused a problem such as the bigger student could not find the pants or shirt with collar that was required.

As far as the classes and teachers, some enforced the code/policy and some did not. So there was no conformity across the board from school to school.

There was also a theory that uniforms would eliminate the gang problem (that we don't have) but last week I saw about ten boys walking to Scott and all had on nice red shirts with a collar!