The Board of Education approved a plan Monday evening that would transform the current student dress code into one of school uniforms for pupils in prekindergarten to 12th grade in 2010-2011.The school board has not confirmed the specifics of the uniforms as administration, board members and local stakeholders will review and formulate a policy that is expected to be complete by the Dec. 14 meeting.
The county’s school principals did, however, visit Effingham County middle and high schools.The Effingham schools formed their uniform policy based on the ChathamCounty schools.The Effingham girls’ basic uniform in kindergarten through 12th grade consists of a long or short-sleeved white (or other color designated by the school) collared three-button polo shirt; khaki, navy or black skirt, shorts, slacks, capri pants, skorts or jumper made of standard twill, cotton or polyester material.The basic Effingham boys uniform in kindergarten through 12th grade consists of a long or short sleeved white (or other color designated by the school) collared three-button polo shirt; khaki, navy or black shorts or slacks made of standard twill, polyester or cotton material.The Chatham dress code policy is printed on one page in the student handbook, while the Effingham one is more extensive and goes more than two pages.The ScrevenCounty policy also will include pre-k.Myers said now a number of EffinghamCounty businesses sell school uniform apparel.He would like for local businesses to also sell like clothing.“We could stimulate the economy,” Myers said. “That could be a shot in the arm.”Myers also said administration will review the teachers’ dress code as well, but does not project a uniform for them.
“We have not tweaked the staff dress code in a while,” he said. “We will not go to staff uniforms, but we will have some staff members who may choose to go that route anyway.”