West Goshen Elementary looking into standardized dress for students

Posted on Sept. 10, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 10, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.

West Goshen Elementary School students make their way to the school after arriving by bus on the first day of school Friday, August 10, 2012. Children throughout the district started their new school year before others in the county this year. ¬ (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) West Goshen Elementary  students make their way to the school after arriving by bus on the first day of school Aug. 2012. (Photo By Jennifer Shephard)

West Goshen Elementary School Principal Alan Metcalfe may soon be forming a committee to consider whether the school should require standardized dress.

Metcalfe told the Goshen School Board Monday, Sept. 9, that a survey showed strong parent support for stricter clothing guidelines. He noted, though, that the school would likely look more serious at standardized dress, which would give students a larger variety of clothes to wear (for example different colors, but the same cut of shirt), rather than uniforms.

Here is most of the survey data that Metcalfe gave to the school board Monday.

Screen shot 2013-09-10 at 2.18.11 PMHere are also a variety of comments from parents that Metcalfe included in his information to the Goshen School Board.

"Kids should be able to dress however they want as long as it is appropriate"

"Perfect idea because that would help with expenses, teasing in regards to what they wear. I hope this happens"

"A lot of the decision is dependent on the cost, availability"

"Might help eliminate jealousy with name brand clothing"

"Kids need to be able to express themselves"

"I think uniforms would help with disipline"

"All GCS should do this. It would save money"

"He used to wear uniforms at a previous school and we preferred it"

Metcalfe told the board that generally the school's lower-income families seemed very supportive, while it was a few higher-income families that did not like the idea.

No school board members objected to the idea during the meeting, so Metcalfe said he would form a committee of parents, school personnel and possibly a school board member by the end of the month to research the effects of uniforms and standardized dress and look at different schools' policies. He would want a decision made on any changes to the dress code by February, giving school officials time to get information out about any changes for next fall before the end of this school year.


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