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How do you and your kids feel about the school uniform policy?

Hey Moms,

I'm the education reporter for the Gainesville Sun and I'm working on a story about the Alachua County Public Schools dress code policy that was enacted this year. I'm looking for parents and kids to talk to about the policy -- if it's working, if students are more focused and general feelings about the policy.

Feel free to send me an email at jackie.alexander@gvillesun.com or call me at 338-3166. Thanks and happy holidays.

Jackie Alexander
Education Reporter
Gainesville Sun

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My daughter was accepted into PK this year and is absolutely thrilled she doesn't have to wear uniforms.  My son is 5 and could care less.  What's got me bothered is the fact that now that it's so cold and people can't find adequate long sleeved collared shirts, kids are wearing anything and everything over their polos or dress shirts.  On the one hand I love this flexibility, on the other hand, what's the point of the dress code if you can wear anything over top of a "uniform" shirt.  Ugh!

I do not like it at all

I did at first but have changed my mind

My oldest has a hard time finding things that fit and then fit the dress code

they also are letting somethings go when they will send another student home for a slight imperfection thats got me very upset

go back to reg clothes or enforce the rules for everything not just some

We find it much easier to dress in the morning. The clothes are not an issue to find and it is much easier on me as a teacher. Long sleeved henleys under the polos work great with a jacket over. The kids in our schools really don't care at all--they all look pretty nice for once. The only ones kicking up a fuss were the ones that came to school unacceptable  before--it is much harder to do that now. You can wear a cami under a polo but you can only unbutton it so far==period. I'm not seeing as many butt cracks or boxers which is very nice and the behavior of some of the kids has changed--for the better.

I do miss some of the cute combos that the kids had before but--I think the trade off has been worth it. 

My kids are 5 and 8 and both attend public school. The uniforms don't bother my kids at all. I did not purchase long sleeved polos this winter. My kids are wearing solid color plain tshirts underneath their short sleeved polos, and that works fine. It is MUCH easier to get the kids dressed and out the door in the monring because there's less discussion about about what to wear. I volunteer in the school regularly and I think the kids look so great in their uniforms. There are no issues of inappropriate clothing or distracting clothing. In short, it seems to be working fine.

Cherie,
I'd love to use some of your comments and observations for my story. Could you give me a call at 338-3166? Thanks.

-Jackie



Cherie Schneider said:

We find it much easier to dress in the morning. The clothes are not an issue to find and it is much easier on me as a teacher. Long sleeved henleys under the polos work great with a jacket over. The kids in our schools really don't care at all--they all look pretty nice for once. The only ones kicking up a fuss were the ones that came to school unacceptable  before--it is much harder to do that now. You can wear a cami under a polo but you can only unbutton it so far==period. I'm not seeing as many butt cracks or boxers which is very nice and the behavior of some of the kids has changed--for the better.

I do miss some of the cute combos that the kids had before but--I think the trade off has been worth it. 

I personally hate the uniforms because i am a mom of 5 and 3 are in school.I don't have much money to buy them clothes so I am always trading clothes around with friends and freecycle. My kids have lots of clothes but hardly anyone trades around solid color polos and solid color pants. so now they have tons of clothes that they can't even wear to school which is 5 out of 7 days of the week.In the mornings we are scrambling around for those couple of uniform shirts and pants that they do have when they have tons of clothes they could be putting on and then if just the thread on the jeans is a slightly different color the school is constantly sending them home in clothes from the school and then wanting us to return it and that is a big pain to remember to do and which ones are the schools when you have 2-3 kids constantly comming home and needing to return clothes.Then my daughter has gained weight this year so they sent her home in another shirt saying her uniforms are too small now and she can't wear them anymore and theres hardly any bigger size uniforms in the middle of the school year anywhere but again she's got other bigger sizes in her closet that were given to us but there not school appropriate so there just hanging there. I seriously hope uniforms are gone after this year and just get onto the kids that don't follow the dress code don't punish all kids. I also agree with what the lady said about not enough long sleeve polos and its very cold and there allowed to wear jackets and other things that aren't solid color.

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