We are writing because we believe we have some real issues in our school system and a nickel-sized emblem on a shirt is not one. Our child was pulled of Algebra 2 (a class he struggles in) and put in in-school suspension because his shirt had a nickel sized emblem on it, which he had been wearing since returning to school after Thanksgiving break, shirts I bought on sale at the outlet. At the beginning of the school year, I bought shirts through the school that after several washings looked terrible.
We find it very hard to believe that anyone would lose sleep or not be able to do their school work because the student next to them has on a shirt that might cost more than theirs. As long as the students are in the appropriate color and style of clothes, we don’t see an issue. We agree the students should not wear unapproved colors or pants sagging to their knees or shorts and skirts so short that you can not bend over.
Our child is very clean, neat and pressed every day. We don’t see how this is offensive to anyone.
Consistency is a huge problem. One day a child is made to change a shirt, shoes, hoodie, etc. and the next day another gets away with the exact same thing. And how the uniform policy is carried out from school to school differs.
If they want everyone equal then everyone should be required to buy the exact same shoes, socks, underwear, belts, pants and shirts. It makes you wonder where it will stop. Next will we be told what vehicle we have to buy our children or what house we all have to live in?
In the end we believe that a little bit of common sense can go a long way.
Greg and Rosanne Brant