Edward Stone Middle School is considering a standardized dress code for the 2014-2015 school year. At this point in the process we want to inform parents of the reasons for the standardized dress code and give an overview of what this dress code may look like. We will then open a survey to gather input from parents on their thoughts on the standardized dress code. We want to have one source to gather all the input from parents so that no one’s input is overlooked. After analyzing the parent survey a determination will be made on how to proceed.
A standardized dress code determines distinctive clothing styles and/or specific colors worn by students as a means of identifying them as members of the school community. Standardized dress code does not mean a uniform (ie; everyone wear the same shirt with school logo, same pants, etc.). A standardized dress code sets a standard of dress for students.
A standardized dress code will help provide the students of Edward Stone Middle School a very positive and safe educational environment and to reinforce the district’s mission of “Inspiring and challenging students through diverse opportunities.”
o Learning about professional/career dress by establishing a businesslike image
o Create an environment of modesty/decency
o If students are dressed in a standardized attire intruders or a student coming to inflict harm at school could be identified because they probably won’t be in the standardized attire.
o Eliminates attire that may be perceived as gang-related or may create thoughts or expressions of violence, bigotry, hate, and abuse. These perceptions can make students and staff feel unsafe and not able to focus on the importance of school.
o Standardized dress code will not eliminate bullying, however it will reduce one of the stigmas that students are sometimes bullied about. That is the stigma of the “haves” and “have nots.”
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This is not the standardized dress code. The dress code would be written to follow Iowa code. However the standardized dress code would limit students to these options.
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