School Uniform Policy Praise and Criticize

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

When it comes to many educational tactics, teachers like to start students young, hoping those principles will last as they grow.

It's no different for the Dothan city school's dress code, which has been in effect for decades.

Charles Corbitt is the new principal of Selma Street Elementary and says how students dress prepares them for success.

"The students here at Selma Street Elementary know exactly how they should dress and research has shown that when you dress a certain way you feel a certain way and you can achieve a certain way."

Principal James Kelly at Carver Magnet School says his students have always abided by the systems code. But Wednesday’s controversy has some wondering if a dress code is the right way to go as opposed to school uniforms.

"That too would add to the learning process if we had one less discipline item to address then we would all have that additional time to give to the teaching and learning process," says Kelly.

Superintendent Dr. Sam Nichols says, "We are putting together a uniform policy committee that will look at whether or not this board of education will adopt a uniform policy."

In the meantime, the dress code will remain in effect at all Dothan schools just as it has been.

"Our 5th grade students are having to tuck in their shirts only because when they transfer to the middle school because when they get there administrators are going to make them tuck in their shirts,” adds Corbitt.

Nichols hopes the dress code committee can present a recommendation to the board by October.


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  • by Connie Location: U.S.A on Aug 8, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    Amanda you say if you don't have kids you have no business reading about this. You said you graduated high school in 2005. That means that was 3 years ago. Now when did you have kids that they are old enogh to be in these classes.
  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Aug 8, 2008 at 11:35 AM
    WE need uniforms in school. It will stop that "sagging" thing where they let their pants hang down and their butt show. This and that baggy clothes tramp looking thing are disgusting. Their single parent moma should be ashamed to let them go to school looking like trash.
  • by Wondering Location: Alabama on Aug 8, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    I was just reading about Troy school. And having the uniforms is good. The biggest reason is no one will know about the poor kids that thier family can't buy name brand clothes for them. I know kids make fun of them. I am a shame to say there was a lot of us that did this when I was in school. I am sure there is a way to get these uniforms at a cut rate. Hosp, nursing homes, resturants, and other businesses they have thier enployees wearing uniforms. My husband has always said uniforms in the schools you wouldn't be able to tell the rich from the poor. And people are judged by what they wear. I believe this is another way to protect our childred. In more ways than one.
  • by vick Location: DC on Aug 7, 2008 at 08:31 PM
    You don't go to school express your individuality. You go to school to learn. You have the opportunity to show your individuality on the weekends and after school. It had to happen.
  • by Anonymous Location: Geneva on Aug 7, 2008 at 08:02 PM
    Our school system does'nt require uniforms yet, but we do have a dress code. Nearly every job has some type of dress code for its employees so having students get used to the idea of having to conform their style of dress so that it's appropriate for the environment they're in is a good thing. Also, as far as how much extra money school uniforms cost I think most of the schools in our area that require uniforms only require khakies and a solid color polo type shirt. These items can be purchased at Wal-Mart, or even the local Dollar General for less than the prices mentioned by the previous poster. I have bought khakies at the Dollar General for as little as $10 and polo shirts for about the same. Also, why do you need multiples of these outfits. Buy two/three sets and wash them during the week if needed.
  • by jj Location: dothan on Aug 7, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    Setting a standard and enforcing the standard is long over due. Kudos to DHS and the administration. What are we teaching our kids if we always back off. We need to give standing ovations to our administration and board for setting a standard and level of expectation.
  • by ELLICE LORD Location: DOTHAN on Aug 7, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    ITS SO MUCH PRESSURE ON PARENTS TO BUY SCHOOL CLOTHES THATS APPROPIATE AND NOT WAY OVER BUDGET FOR THEIR TEENS. THERES SO MUCH OUT THERE YOU SPEND MORE TIME SHOPPING THEN PREPARING THEM FOR THE SCHOOL I DONT THINK ANY CHILD IS BETTER THAN THAN ANY ONE ELSES. AND ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE CONCENTRATING ON THIER LESSONS RATHER THAN HAVING TO PICK OUT WHAT THERE GOING TO WEAR THE NEXT DAY AND DESTROYING THERE ROOMS TO FIND SOMETHING THAT LOOKS COOL OR HOT OR WHATEVER. UNIFORMS WOULD GIVE EVERONE MORE TIME TO JUST RELAX AND ENJOY THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR INSTEAD OF DREADING THE TIME AND MONEY THERE GOING TO HAVE TO SPEND PEPARING TO GO TO SCHOOL. I HAVE THREE TO BUY FOR AND IT GETS PRETTY RUFF BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS. UNIFORMS WOULD BE A BLESSING.
  • by Amanda Location: Dothan on Aug 7, 2008 at 03:48 PM
    First of all, anyone who doesn't even have kids should not even be reading this. Or, if your kids are in kindergarden, you don't count either. this is a matter with the high schoolers only. Middle school and Elementry doesn't matter, those childeren are too young to care anyway, but high school, should never have uniforms. I graduated high school in 2005 and one of the things i loved the most was how different each person was. i've had uniforms before in middle school, and i delt with it, but once i got to high school...thats different. These are PUBLIC schools, everyone has a right to be themselves. If people want uniforms so damn bad then put them in private schools but i will NOT allow my sister to wear a uniform. For the problem with the dress code, thats the PARENTS fault. THEY are the ones who let their kids dress that way, it shouldn't be the schools problem. It's bad enough they're trying to take away imagination, they can't get away with this too.
  • by Taylor & Megan Location: Dothan on Aug 7, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    Ok we go to Dothan High and we personally are against school uniforms. NOT just because they look bad but because they take away our individuality. We understand why people think they're necessary but not everyone's disobeying the dress code.Why should all of us be punished?And it wouldn't help financially either because uniforms cost more than regular clothes.You can get like 6 outfits at Wal-Mart for the same price as a uniform.No one needs a $50 dollar shirt or a $70 pair of pants. Parents don't need to spend that much money on their kids. They've already messed up our school...they can't take away one of the only things we have left. Middle School is one thing but isn't high school about becoming your own person?and knowing who you are?Now isn't the time to take that away from us.
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