Students in Gadsden County will no longer be wearing designer duds or casual clothing on campus. School officials have implemented a new uniform policy, one they hope will help students focus on education rather than the latest fashion fad.
Reginald James, Gadsden County Superintendent, says, "The research has shown that when students wear uniforms, academic focus increases and discipline problems decrease. As you well know, it's cost effective for our parents and they're exited about the students’ uniform."
But some parents have mixed feelings about the change.
Antonio Galloway says, “It's a good and bad thing because it will stop some of the discrimination on that kids have when they come to school. Right now I'm a custodian and I see a lot of less fortunate kids that don't have clothes and I think by wearing the uniform it will help some."
All elementary and middle school students are required to wear the uniforms and they'll have a plethora of colors to choose from.
Depending on the school, these students will wear brightly colored shirts, but as far as pants are concerned, they'll wear khaki, blue or black. In addition to uniforms, students will be required to wear leather shoes in either black, brown or white.
Uniforms range in price from $8 to $12. Check with your prospective school or the School Board to find out what colors your children are expected to wear.