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School Uniforms...A Loss of Identity or A Sense of Unity?

Updated on February 21, 2012

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:

Bottoms:

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)

Tops:

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

Footwear:

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

Accessories:

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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      John Connor 5 years ago from Altamonte Springs

      Excellent blog and an excellent way to communicate; you may wish to add a quiz to discern if readers are comprehending your communication.

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      Samad Aslam Khan 5 years ago

      Nice hub with a very nice topic. Uniform definitely is a sign of unity. It removes difference between the school fellows by giving them same color.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      This is a good topic but seems incomplete. All you did was list the items students must wear, but you did not comment or state your views. I'd like to read the rest when you finish it.

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      jenntyl99 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hi, we recently instituted school uniforms in our district (the district I teach in) and I must say I like having them. Our students were notorious for wearing clothes that showed every body part imagineable and the boys often had their pants hanging off their butts. It is not only distracting but inpappropriate to see.

      With the new uniforms, we see less "crack", less cleavage and more professional looking students dressed to learn.

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      dagostorigby 5 years ago

      I'm hoping we will have the same results!!! (:

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      I can see the benefits, but as someone that went to private school that was conservative but that did not have instituted dress code it was nice as a student. When the day was over I was not in the school uniform, could still have my own clothes that I preferred to wear and was comfortable in, to a point, we still had to be presentable. I understand why schools do the dress code cause it is just easier to police in that manner, but I think it takes away from the individual as well. Schools that do uniforms should still do a casual friday at the least.

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