ERIC Number: ED387947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Manual on School Uniforms.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC.; Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Safe and Drug Free Schools Program.
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)
Descriptors: Discipline, Discipline Policy, Dress Codes, Elementary Secondary Education, School Safety, School Security, School Uniforms, Social Control, Student Behavior, Student Rights, Student School Relationship, Violence
U.S. Department of Education World Wide Web Site: http://www.ed.gov/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.; Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Safe and Drug Free Schools Program.