U.S. Department of Education World Wide Web Site: http://www.ed.gov/.
Guides - Non-Classroom
In response to growing levels of violence in American schools, many communities are deciding to adopt school-uniform policies as part of an overall program to improve school safety and discipline. This document provides the following guidelines for parents, teachers, and school leaders who may consider adopting a school-uniform policy: (1) Get parents involved from the beginning; (2) protect students' religious expression; (3) protect students' other rights of expression; (4) determine whether to implement a voluntary or mandatory policy; (5) consider whether to have an opt-out provision in the case of a mandatory policy; (6) do not require students to wear a message; (7) assist families that need financial help; and (8) treat school uniforms as part of an overall safety program. Proponents assert that school uniforms may decrease violence and theft among students over clothing; prevent the wearing of gang colors and insignia; instill student discipline; help students and parents resist peer pressure; help students focus on school work; and help school officials identify intruders. The document also highlights policy models implemented in schools in the following communities: Long Beach, California; Seattle, Washington; Richmond, Virginia; Kansas City, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Baltimore, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; and Phoenix, Arizona. (LMI)
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Department of Justice, Washington, DC.; Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Safe and Drug Free Schools Program.