While the situation has both pros and cons, school officials are ultimately leaving it up to the parents to provide input on the decision instead of taking matters into their own hands. That’s a plus.
While parents usually have to go along with whatever decisions the school board makes as far as both the educational and disciplinary aspects of our children’s schooling, this will be one time that we actually get our say in what happens.
According to statements from school officials, those who can not afford to purchase the uniforms will be able to receive some assistance. While this will be helpful to some who are on a more limited income, others who feel the uniforms are unnecessary have chimed in their opinion that if the uniforms are a requirement, every parent should get the same assistance.
From another viewpoint, officials say that with all of the children dressing alike, those who can not afford brand name clothing or shoes will not get picked on by other students. Some moms and dads have countered that saying the parents are the ones who cause the “clothing wars” to begin with.
The administration has also stated that the uniforms will assist with those children who refuse to follow the dress codes that are listed in the school system’s handbooks. This, again, got a rise out of some parents who say the dress codes should be enforced and the problem would go away.
Parents will soon be polled for their opinions and input on the possibility of the board mandating school uniforms for grades K through 5 next year.
We encourage all parents to think long and hard, weighing all of the pros and cons and listening to all sides of the story before throwing out an opinion.
And in one of these rare occasions where the parents get to help decide, don’t pass up your chance to speak your peace. It is not a time to sit back and bite your tongue, because the majority is going to rule in this matter.