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Why School Uniforms?

The Partnership for Education program was formed in 1991 to help educate parents, school administrators, boards of educations and communities about the role school uniform programs have in improving a school’s learning environment. Since its inception, thousands of educational stakeholders have taken advantage of the Partnership for Education.

Through the Partnership for Education program, Kenmar Shirts works directly with local schools across the nation to develop affordable and effective school uniform programs. From initial discussions to the first day of school, we are involved in every step of the process.

The information in our Partnership for Education program, coupled with the knowledge of our school uniform experts, will help serve as your guide to developing a successful school uniform policy. The Partnership for Education program was designed with your questions and concerns in mind.

We strongly believe that school uniforms improve the climate of a school, which is vital to academic success and an important factor in America’s future.

School uniforms create an enhanced climate for learning

Uniforms help students focus on their most important task, learning. By eliminating the daily distractions of unregulated school clothing, as well as the peer pressure associated with “label competition,” uniforms set the tone for a proper work attitude in the classroom, reduce behavior problems and improve student performance.

School uniforms boost school unity and pride

An attractive standard of dress enhances school spirit, good self-image and school unity. Just as an athletic team’s uniforms promote unity and spirit, so can a school uniform. Similarly, research has shown there is a link between a student’s appearance and teachers’ expectations. High expectations mean high achievement.

School uniforms encourage individual self-expression

A standard of dress allows students’ attention to be directed toward learning and growing in the place it matters most, the classroom. Instead of demonstrating their self-expression through the latest contemporary styles in the hallway, students focus on more appropriate ways to express themselves during their school day, most notably through personal or academic achievement.

School uniforms increase school saftey and security

A safe school environment is essential for learning. School uniforms help to make the campus safer by eliminating clothing used to intimidate or conceal contraband. In addition, uniforms make it easier for school officials to identify any non-students and outsiders.

School uniforms are cost-effective

Comparisons show that school uniforms cost significantly less than what most parents pay for unregulated school clothing. Casual school uniforms are less expensive than other types of clothing.

 

Creating Policy

A Good Idea

An administrator, school board member, or parents first propose the concept of a school uniform program. The formation of a uniform committee is discussed and the committee is charged with researching the issue and identifying any obstacles to implementation. The committee should be representative of all stakeholders in the educational process; parents, teachers, students and administrators, as well as some members of the non-school community.

Research

Committee members set out to research the various issues involved in implementing a school uniform program. Research topics should include:

  • Legal issues, both state and federal, involved in policy implementation
  • The effect of school uniforms on the school climate
  • The effects of school uniforms on school security
  • Economic considerations of a uniform policy

When school uniforms have been challenged in the federal courts, various federal district courts have relied on a four point test to determine the constitutional appropriateness of a school’s uniform policy.

  • Confirmation of the school board’s authority to regulate student dress.
  • Justification that the policy promotes a substantial interest of the school board.
  • Validation that the uniform policy is not an attempt to censor student expression.
  • Rationale supporting the idea that the school’s greater interests outweigh “incidental” restrictions on student expression.

School Uniform Survey

During the research stage, a survey should also be conducted of the parents, students and staff to determine the level of support that exists for school uniforms in your school district.

Some suggestions for this stage include:

  • Site observations at other schools with uniform programs.
  • Interviewing parents and educators who have been through the process.

Policy Development

Once the level of support for a school uniform policy has been determined, the committee will next finalize the details of their proposed policy for presentation to various school and community groups and ultimately your school’s governing board.

Some options often discussed include:

  • What will the uniform be?
  • What color combinations will be allowed?
  • What styles will or will not be allowed?
  • Will a certain type of shoe or backpack be required?
  • Where will the uniforms be found and purchased?
  • How will the school ensure that children of all sizes can be fitted?

Implementation

The committee’s findings have been presented and discussed to the school community. If the move to implement a school uniform program is affirmed by the school district’s governing body, then adequate notice must be given to parents and students informing them of the changes that have been made.

 

Items to Keep in Mind for School Board Members and Principals

  • Build a school uniform community – A school uniform policy cannot be successful unless it engages as many interested groups as possible. Parents, teachers, students and non-school community members need to be involved from the earliest stages of discussion.
  • Survey your educational community – A survey of parents, staff and students is a great way to help introduce your proposal as well as justify your concept. Remember to set a positive tone by keeping the survey language simple and avoiding advanced educational catchphrases that some may not understand. Convince the critics – Engaging critics of school uniforms is a key component of developing any successful uniform policy. Take extra steps to reach out to individuals and groups that are against the idea of school uniforms by communicating with them individually and discussing all of their objections.

·                   Engage your surrounding districts – Regardless of whether a sending/receiving arrangement exists between you and a neighboring town, it is a good idea to involve your colleagues in these areas as they can provide more insight and may even be interested in developing a school uniform policy of their own. There is strength in numbers!

Flexibility is key – Be prepared to review and revise the policy as the need arises. An annual review of your uniform policy before the end of the school year will give your district ample time to inform parents and students of any changes.

 

 

 

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