The Portsmouth City School District takes the safety and achievements of our students very seriously. In looking at ways in which we can keep our students safe, reduce bullying and disciplinary infractions, raise academic achievement and easily identify our students, we have considered a standardized student dress code in the coming school years. In doing this, we wanted to offer some explanations as to what drove our reasoning and why we think that a standardized student dress code is best for our students.
In several national surveys, there is a correlation between the adoption of a standardized student dress code and a decrease in bullying, teasing and other disciplinary infractions by 25-30%. These statistics were the average of several professional studies in districts nationwide, and more specifically districts with the same socioeconomic make-up of our district.
Furthermore, here are some other benefits associated with a standardized dress code:
- Makes it easy to identify our students when they are off campus on field trips
- Helps identify intruders who may have gained access to the building, further enhancing our school safety.
- Positive effect on student involvement.
- Studies show that there is a sense of identity and community shared through school spirit.
- Experts believe standardized dress code promotes a stronger team mentality.
- Help break down socioeconomic barriers between students.
- Parents surveyed estimated that they spent $150 or less per child for an entire year's worth of school clothing.
- Less time getting students ready for school in the morning
- Easier time buying clothes for school (and parents with students in the same district have an easier time handing down clothing to younger siblings because there are no style differences between the children for school clothes.)
- In a National Association of Secondary School Principal/Elementary School Administrator survey, 54% of students said that having to wear a standard dress code didn't compromise their identity.
Students cited these benefits:
- Diminished economic and social barriers between students
- They feel more professional and thus behave accordingly.
- They experience a decrease in bullying and teasing.
- It reduces distractions
- Pupils feel they can begin their education on an equal footing, each student is judged on his or her character, personality and academic merit
As part of our proposed standardized dress code, optional items can allow students to still express themselves. We will allow students to wear jewelry, hair ties, footwear and other optional items can still offer students a chance to express their individuality.
Once the policy has been in place, there are organized clothing exchanges, which is something our district will pursue. In preparation for the change, we have already reached out to several community organizations that are willing to help families with the initial expense of preparing for a standardized dress code if there is a family need.
With these things in mind, we would ask you to complete the following survey and provide us with your valuable input. Thank you for your assistance with this endeavor!
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