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A public school dress code may make sense in Bulloch
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      I just read the story about Evans County Public Schools' new policy on their dress code. They are requiring a uniform policy that uses khaki or black (no denim) pants, skirts, or shorts and tops that must have a collars and sleeves solid in color-black, white, gold/yellow or gray to reflect school colors.
      School officials did a survey with parents to get their input. They found that a majority of parents were in favor of the new policy. Parents responded that it would save a lot of money not having to buy designer jeans and other expensive clothing. Local church groups would help by providing a uniform closet to support families in need.
      I managed the Army JROTC Program at Southeast Bulloch High School that requires the student cadet to wear the U.S. Army's uniform one day a week. Many teachers would remark to me that my cadets were more attentive in their class on uniform day.
      Uniforms do have a positive impact on the attentiveness of students. Having pictures that show the correct way to wear the uniform (pants worn at the waste with a belt) in the student handbook would eliminate a large percentage of the discipline problems leaving teachers, administrators, and students to concentrate on learning. It is a win win for everyone.
      Our School Board should keep an eye on Evans County Schools this year and considered such a policy for Bulloch County Schools in the future.
Tom McElwee


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