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Oklahoma City School Board approves uniform policy 5-3

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Read more about it in the paper or on on Tuesday, but in the mean time, here’s a news release from the district now:

When the 2013-2014 school year starts on August 5, 2013 all 74 school sites will require school uniforms. In a 5 to3 vote, the Oklahoma City Public School District Board of Education approved the plan to adopt a uniform policy for every school, prior to the board’s vote 17 out of 74 schools in the district did not require uniforms.

In September of last year, the Oklahoma City Public School District’s Dress Code regulation was suspended while a task force committee researched and participated in focus groups to develop a recommendation on a revised dress code for the district.

The committee made up of district administrators, teachers, parents, students, attorneys and the Oklahoma City Police Department met regularly to discuss the issue and devise a plan. The task force recommended that the Board of Education adopt a uniform policy at every school.

“This is a great idea for the students of OKCPS,” said Anna King, OK PTA President and former OKCPS District PTA President. “It shows that the district is united and working as a team, it supports fairness for all district students and continuity. I am hopeful more businesses, civic organizations and churches will support this new policy by providing discounts, uniform donation drives and clothing closets to help the students at the 17 schools transition to uniforms next year.”

Under the new uniform policy each school can designate the colors and types of shirts which may be worn, but one choice must be white and each school. The schools can also select the colors for pants, slacks, shirts, skorts or dresses but must allow khaki pants; this helps address the district’s high mobility rate among students.

Students who violate the policy may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the district’s Student Code of Conduct. Students enrolling in OKCPS for the first time during the school year shall be granted a 20 day grace period before being required to comply.

“We are really proud of the hard work from the task force in developing this policy, they were all very thorough in addressing the concerns of parents, students, staff and the community,” said Sandra Park, OKCPS Deputy Superintendent.

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