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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