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School Uniforms...A Loss of Identity or A Sense of Unity?
School Uniform Fashion Show
Flagler County School Uniforms 2012-2013
On January 17, 2012 the Flagler County School Board approved school uniforms for the 2012-2013 school year which must be worn at all times including activities during the school day. The requirements are as follows:
Khaki, navy blue or black slacks - Plain blue or black jeans -
Navy blue, khaki or black shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers 4 inches above the knee
Pants must be plain no tears, tatters, unfinished hems and secured at waist with black or brown belts (except K-3)
White, black or gray polo shirt, oxford style or button up with collar (2 additional colors will be chosen by each school principal)
School spirit days allow school logo shirts, team jersey or club shirt
Shirts must be tucked in
K-6 enclosed shoes or athletic shoes
7-8 enclosed shoes, athletic or sandals with a back strap
HS enclosed shoes, athletic, sandals, flip flops
Jackets worn over school uniform must be black, white, gray or an approved school color (No trench coats)
No head coverings allowed
No undergarments are to be seen at any time
No oversize clothes.
Bottoms must be worn above the waist or at waistline
Tattoos must be covered
Contact lens which alter the appearance of the eye are not allowed
School ID by HS & Middle School students at all times while on campus
Note: There may be an adjustment made to the teachers dress code as well
Now some might look at the list and say we are taking away our childrens' individuality by requiring them to all dress the same, but I am a parent who does not see it that way. When I was a member of the SAC committee, I was one who encouraged the idea of school uniforms here in Flagler County. I felt and feel that these uniforms will give education a new light. Personally I have witnessed when someone finds them self in a uniform of any sort, whether it be for school, work or sports, they tend to behave in a more respectful nature then when wearing jeans and sweat pants. I know that many children who come from less fortunate families do not only feel left out, but are also a key target for bullying because they can not afford to wear the labels and brands other students wear. Uniforms eliminate opportunity for that type of bullying. Finally, taking the students attention off of "oh gosh did you see what Martha May was wearing today" or "OMG, he should not wear that shade of pink, eww!" may allow students to focus more on "I got an A on that math test" and "YES! I finally past a chemistry exam". I truly believe school uniforms can be the first step to reviving education!
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