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School Uniforms Coming to Lordship, Chapel

Most parents agree with the move. Some say it should be applied district-wide. What do you think?

Gone are the days of blue jeans and flip-flops at and elementary schools.

Come the 2012-13 school year, students at those two schools will have to follow a dress code policy approved by the Stratford Board of Education earlier this week. ( to read the new dress code policy in full.)

and are the only other schools in the district that have a school uniform policy on the books.

School officials say the move is intended to help "promote school safety and a positive school spirit, as well as reinforce a positive learning environment."

And it seems most parents would agree. According to surveys distributed by the two schools, 64 percent of Chapel parents and 78 percent of Lordship parents are in favor of a dress code policy.

"I think it's wonderful," Osi Korn Rosenberg wrote on the Stratford Patch Facebook page. "Saves money and trouble for the kids. It looks sharp and builds school spirit."

In the same comments thread, Sarah Martin wrote, "I think this is a great step in the right direction considering the economic climate and the haves and have-nots."

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Michael Feeney, chief operating officer for the Board of Education, said the most important part of the dress code is the required clothing is "easily available and doesn't have to be top of the line."

If a student is unable to comply with the new policy due to financial reasons, a medical condition or interference with religion, efforts will be made to resolve the matter, which could include transferring the student to another school in the district without a dress code policy, Feeney said.

It seems many residents, however, would like the policy Lordship and Chapel are adopting to be expanded district-wide.

"Should be all or nothing...this Whitney parent votes YES!" commented Jacki Sabia Bannister on our Facebook page.

"Wish it was district-wide -- I voted yes for Wilcoxson," wrote Amy Doherty Wiltsie.

"I would have voted yes for Nichols!" Sara Hawley Orris opined. "As a mother of three girls I would have loved to get rid of the 'what should I wear today' drama every morning."

What do you think about the dress code policy Lordship and Chapel are adopting? Should it be expanded to all of Stratford's schools? Let us know by voting in the poll and commenting below.

Lamont Sanford June 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM
LOL... Yeah, it's working-- closing the "gap" and all, right? It is not working. I speak with functioning children who were students of both of the schools you have mentioned and they all say the program is a joke. The psychopaths are amused by it and know that it has no teeth. Expulsions are down because they are not doing them-- not because the behaviors have changed. Suspensions are down because they are not doing them-- not because the behavior has changed. The people that I find supporting this program are often the parents of students who were the problem in the first place. In closing: Dom is an ugly man and does look somewhat like a cross between Groucho Richard Nixon.
Lamont Sanford June 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM
All or nothing makes it right? So now we get Central tossing in a few "all or nothings"? Predictable -- like reading reading a book (after) you have watched the movie. LOL
Charles Cornwallace June 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Level the playing field-- by making the kids wear uniforms.? Do any of you honestly believe that this reflects reality-- as life IS? So clothing is the cause of the fake "gap" I guess? So changing your clothing will improve math and reading scores? I suggest that we completely deconstruct Western culture and have the children wear the silly recyclable bags that people have been paying a dollar for in the grocery stores. This would definitely level the playing field on a global scale by making us look as failed as all other third-world countries, which is where we are heading by design folks. Hey Lamont, sorry I missed your call last night. I'll meet up with you at the next "all-or-nothing" meeting or the "leveling-the-playing-field" Lithium gathering next week.
E bukra e dinjas July 07, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I think that Stratford should make this a district wide policy. I have seen the way some kids dress and it is very inappropriate. I understand that kids need to be who they want to be, but having said that children also have to be shown what is expected of them. Children should not have to worry about who’s wearing what. Dress code works at the two schools that are doing it now and the parents are very happy about it. Kids are not made fun of what they wear because they are all wearing the same thing. I hope that before the school year begins they make it a district wide policy.
lara Gravenor November 07, 2013 at 10:55 AM
School uniforms are breeding a nation of compiant citizens blindly following a bad authority. We have them in South Africa and it came from the old Apartheid government that didn't want us to think or question their authority over us. They used the schools to brainwash us. We still have uniforms and also have shootings, violence, bad grades and bullying. Americans are gullible. It will not solve your problems and you will be ruled with an iron hand. Has anyone asked the question what will happen when one of these kids becomes the President or a government official?

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