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Proposed Dress Code On Tap for School Board Tuesday

The East Haven Board of Education is slated to discuss — and possibly approve — the proposed dress code for the school district's elementary and middle school students.

students and their parents could find out as soon as tonight if a will be in place for the district's first day of school later this fall.

Members of the East Haven Board of Education are scheduled to discuss and possibly approve the proposed policy — which would cover the district's kindergarten through middle school students — at this evening's regularly scheduled meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the .

A finance subcommittee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. prior to the start of the regularly meeting. Both agendas are posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

PTO/PTA Leadership Leads Effort

The dress code policy was spearheaded earlier this school year by the district's PTO/PTA Advisory Subcommittee.

Subcommittee members have said their move to research and then develop the proposed policy was in response to parent feedback requesting the district move toward a new, more strict code of dress for students.

Survey/Forum Results

At earlier this month, some two-thirds of the 50 or so parents and caregivers who attended said they opposed the dress code policy change.

Instead, many asked administrators and school staff members to more fully enforce the dress code already on the district's policy books.

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This was in stark contrast, however, to a district-wide survey sent out to more than 2,000 kindergarten to 8th grade student families earlier this year, in which close to 70 percent of the 978 respondents voted in favor of a more strict code for students.

The survey's broken down results — as well as other dress code related information — is included in the public forum PowerPoint presentation, which is posted in the gallery.

Proposed Dress Code

Details of the proposed dress code policy include:

  • Tops: Solid colored navy blue, white or burgundy Polo shirts, T-shirts, crew necks or turtlenecks.
  • Bottoms: Khaki or navy blue cargo pants, wind pants, Capris, Bermuda/cargo shorts, as well as skirts/jumpers. Also, the length of shirts/skirts must be no higher than 2 inches above the top of the kneecap.
  • Sweatpants: Navy blue or burgundy sweatpants may be worn for physical education and/or medical accommodation.
  • Outerwear: Clothing such as sweatshirts and sweaters — including "hoodies" — would not be permitted to be worn in the school building during school day.
  • Footwear: Must to be "sneaker-type" or flat shoes, and would have "to be properly fastened at all times." Shoes would be required to be rubber soles only, and no slippers, sandals or flip-flops would be allowed.
  • Accessories: Items such as backpacks, purses and handbags would have to be stored during the school day.

East Haven Patch will provide live udpates from tonight's meeting via our Twitter and Facebook page.

Lou May 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Becki, I think it would be great for students to protest. Then they can be removed from school grounds and teachers can teach the kids that are well behaved, follow the rules, and want to learn. Win Win.
Becki Pastor May 24, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Lou, believe it or not it's the really good kids, the kids who work hard, engage in afterschool activities, etc who seem to be leading the charge to protest/petition. The well-behaved kids who follow the rules and want to learn feel they are being punished for the kids who don't. And I can't say I blame them. Those kids should be rewarded regularly for good behavior (there is actually a new program for the that is going to be implemented as well....kudos to the staff and principal at Ferraro for setting the bar and being the test school!).....instead of having those kids get lost i the shuffle of implementing unnecessary uniforms... And this is a teachable moment for kids. They should have had a voice in this decision or to at least have a separate meeting with the administrators district wide and the BOE and do a survey of the kids...you would be surprised just how many great kids are in EH who are paying the price (and I can't say this enough) for the lazy parenting of the kids who don't comply or work hard or behave well in school... And yes I understand there are exceptions to that rule, kids who have other issues that cause the problems they have but as far as clothes and most of the kids school behavior, that is something parents must take responsibility for failing at monitoring.
Lou May 24, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Becki, Agreed 100%. Wow, I have been writing that a lot lately. Personally, I would like to see the existing "dress code" enforced. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, one bad apple spoils the bunch. I know there will always be "bad kids" in every school, that's not going to change. But what I have seen change over the years is the way these kids are dealt with. I believe in the public school system. My wife and I both grew up attending public schools and I am proud to say that we are both very successful, however, when we attended school there were rules to be followed and consequences to be had if the rules were broken. Our parents sent us to school dressed respectfully and taught us to respect our teachers. In my opinion, this is not the case in today's public school system.
Will Wilkin May 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Protesters in general are not "bad" or "troublemakers," they tend to be people who are willing to stand up for what they believe is right or just and needs advocating in the face of injustice. I'm not saying every protest is therefore on the right side of things or completely altruistic, but in general these are actually the kind of people our society needs to act as the conscience and the critics that make vital dialogue about the direction our society is developing.
Julie Clement August 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM
There are many reasons that I disagree with this policy, some are personal, but the most important one to me, is that my very respectful, kind, and loving daughter said to me, " I don't want to wear uniforms mom, my clothes are the way I express myself, I follow all of the rules and work very hard in school to make you happy and I don't get in trouble, this is the one way I know to express myself, if they take that away I have nothing." I ask you this Mr. Lou, if your child was like mine and said that to you, would you not listen? She is not just being rebellious, Lou she has a valid point and it is protected by the 1st and the 14th Amendments. Maybe instead creating "rules" which violate the rights that this great country was founded on, we should be focusing on the substandard education that is being given in East Haven, it has become an embarrassment.

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