School Dress Code
They are getting prepared for the start of the new school year in Alachua County that begins on August 18th. Patrick's son does not attend a private school so he does not have to wear a uniform, but Patrick thinks that uniforms can provide a good learning environment.
"I think it would for those kids whose parents cant afford to buy, ya know what's popular at the time," said Patrick.
Oak Hall School is one of a few schools in Alachua County that requires its students to wear a uniform. Head Master Richard Gehman says having uniforms is a very helpful tool.
"I think by and large appropriate dress does enhance learning," said Gehman. "It makes it more positive"
The dress code for public schools in Alachua County is simple: The dress code and grooming of Alachua county public schools shall contribute to the health and safety of the individual promote a positive education environment and not disrupt the educational activities and processes of the school.
Here are some highlights: You should come fully clothed. You should not wear any clothing accessories that can hurt someone. The clothing should not reveal too much skin. It should not be baggy or below the waist. It also should not promote the use of alcohol drugs, gangs, sexual behavior, or weapons.
And while public schools wont be switching to the county wide uniforms anytime soon, Oak Hall School students will continue to wear uniforms.
"When students come dressed to learn and ready to learn, the whole atmosphere is improved," said Gehman.
And as for Shannon Patrick, she says uniforms take the fun out of the first day of school.
"I like getting to buy new clothes, and the first time you wear them it is always fun," said Patrick.
For more information on Alachua County schools go to the school board's website--- www.sbac.edu.
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