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Eagle Pass, TX

#1 Mar 19, 2009
What do you all think about the kids wearing school uniforms next year? I don't have kids in school anymore, but I'm just curious to see what some of you all think. It's funny though that it barely came out in the newspaper on Wednesday, and the school board approved it on Wednesday! What a coincedence, that they did not give the parents a chance to voice their opinion!
is it true

Eagle Pass, TX

#2 Mar 19, 2009
So is it true or just another rumor that the board approved the uniforms last night (wed.)?
yawn

United States

#3 Mar 19, 2009
I personally don't believe in uniforms.
It makes the parents have to pay twice as much, because they have to buy their students uniforms, as well as their casual clothes.
It will not make anything better in the school district, all it will cause is controversy and rebellious students.
It's pointless.
It is me

Allen, TX

#4 Mar 19, 2009
I believe that the only reason they want to enforce the uniforms is to try and stop all of the fights in High School. I know that the kids will still fight because the fights are not about clothes in high school. its about rivalries, boy trouble and chisme.
Public information

Allen, TX

#5 Mar 19, 2009
yawn is right on what they wrote
Yeap

Eagle Pass, TX

#6 Mar 20, 2009
Yea you all are right. Uniforms and clothes don't make a person. What the district and board members need to do is start finding solution to our test scores. And believe me uniforms is NOT the solution. A uniform does not make a child/kid smarter nor vise-versa. And it's funny cuz alot of other school district's are pulling away from uniforms cuz they found out they were pointless, and we're barely getting them.
jjj

United States

#7 Mar 20, 2009
Thank God uniforms will be worn. My child wears uniform now and i sure dont have a problem making the extra expense for casual clothes, i just try to hit the sales and discounts. I am so glad it was approved.
Single Mom

San Antonio, TX

#8 Mar 20, 2009
Good for jjj !! At least there are some parents that try to work with the schools. Even single parents and low-income parents can do it if they are willing to do what many around the country do. I love the idea. I will buy my child four uniforms(shirts/pants) and that's it. I do not expect the school to buy clothes for my kids. I am responsible for those kids that I am blessed to have and I will buy them what they need. No complaining. I like to save my battles and I'll do it when academics fail. So far, I am happy with my children's progress. Thank God.
cool

United States

#9 Mar 20, 2009
yawn wrote:
I personally don't believe in uniforms.
It makes the parents have to pay twice as much, because they have to buy their students uniforms, as well as their casual clothes.
It will not make anything better in the school district, all it will cause is controversy and rebellious students.
It's pointless.
Totally agree!!=]]
Concerned Parent

San Marcos, TX

#10 Mar 20, 2009
If the school wants the students to wear Uniforms, make them buy them. Yeah its easy to buy for the Skinny ones. But what about the "FLUFFY" ones? Did anyone ever think how hard it would be for parents to find clothes for them?
Gordita Too

San Antonio, TX

#11 Mar 20, 2009
Kids that are "Pleasantly Plump" have been able to find clothes throughout history. So if it's hard for the parents, no one said it was easy to bring up children, even the "Fluffy" ones.
Curiosity

San Marcos, TX

#12 Mar 20, 2009
Gordita Too wrote:
Kids that are "Pleasantly Plump" have been able to find clothes throughout history. So if it's hard for the parents, no one said it was easy to bring up children, even the "Fluffy" ones.
I know what you mean. But they want khaki pants and polo's. Looking for these items in plus sizes is very difficult. Especially Pants and polos with no designs. THey come out very expensive and I have other children as well. they worst part is that they want the belt loops to be visible. This will really be hurting the kids Self-Esteem
Friend

San Antonio, TX

#13 Mar 21, 2009
I used to work in a big city school and all the heavier children somehow found the clothes needed. The high school kids looked great and were proud to wear their high school uniform (khaki and white). Other schools had different tops. It was really nice that even some teachers got excited about the uniforms that they wore khaki pants and white tops too. I love uniforms.
latifa

San Antonio, TX

#14 Mar 21, 2009
Listen/ pay atttention to what your saying/wrote..you said low-income parents..have you relaizedor have any idea how this people sometimes don't have the means of buying their children clothes in stores, so they tend to hit the rummage sales..how are they going to do it now.. that its the first year that CC is going to have uniforms. The board should've taken the whole idea to the public, they are the ones who pay the taxes in this community.
Single Mom wrote:
Good for jjj !! At least there are some parents that try to work with the schools. Even single parents and low-income parents can do it if they are willing to do what many around the country do. I love the idea. I will buy my child four uniforms(shirts/pants) and that's it. I do not expect the school to buy clothes for my kids. I am responsible for those kids that I am blessed to have and I will buy them what they need. No complaining. I like to save my battles and I'll do it when academics fail. So far, I am happy with my children's progress. Thank God.
Concerned Parent

San Marcos, TX

#15 Mar 21, 2009
Friend wrote:
I used to work in a big city school and all the heavier children somehow found the clothes needed. The high school kids looked great and were proud to wear their high school uniform (khaki and white). Other schools had different tops. It was really nice that even some teachers got excited about the uniforms that they wore khaki pants and white tops too. I love uniforms.
I am not trying to be an A**. But you yourself stated that you worked for a "BIG SCHOOL" THis is totally different because the school here in Crystal is a small school. Everyone knows everyone and if people don't like how a person looks, they will tell them which will end up hurting alot of feelings. Can you please picture a Fluffy child with a polo tucked in, with a belt, and also having to show the belt loops. Just imagine HE/SHE walking through the halls having people laughing at them? PUt yourself in their situation.
XXX

Laredo, TX

#16 Mar 21, 2009
Concerned Parent wrote:
<quoted text> I am not trying to be an A**. But you yourself stated that you worked for a "BIG SCHOOL" THis is totally different because the school here in Crystal is a small school. Everyone knows everyone and if people don't like how a person looks, they will tell them which will end up hurting alot of feelings. Can you please picture a Fluffy child with a polo tucked in, with a belt, and also having to show the belt loops. Just imagine HE/SHE walking through the halls having people laughing at them? PUt yourself in their situation.
You have 6 months to work out, you might consider eating less.
Parent

United States

#17 Mar 21, 2009
So what happens if the parents who don't agree with the uniform policy just don't buy the uniforms? What happens if we go against it? What will happen then? I say if we parents that don't agree with this policy just don't go with it, then they have no choice but to forget about it. After all, what can they do? Suspend our children for no uniform and make them loose less money from the state? I for one am one of those low income parents and I can't afford to buy my child the uniform and the clothes for my child to use at home. So really I say we, those of us who don't agree with this rule, just say forget it and send our kids in regular clothes. If they want our kids in uniforms, they can supply them for our kids!
Gramma

San Antonio, TX

#18 Mar 21, 2009
Crystal City is down right spoiled. We are used to getting almost everything for free. I know a lot of families who are low income therefore qualifying for free housing, free food, and free everything. To top that, we discuss all the issues and talk about the school district in front of our kids. If we we don't follow school policy, we are teaching our own children a lesson that it is not important to follow rules, policies, and eventually (someday), the law.
These are the hard lessons that later backfire and hit us right on the face later. I have young relatives in school but though they don't have the money, their parents will find a way and are already making plans. These are called parent sacrifices that our children will remember us for.
Parent

United States

#19 Mar 21, 2009
Gramma wrote:
Crystal City is down right spoiled. We are used to getting almost everything for free. I know a lot of families who are low income therefore qualifying for free housing, free food, and free everything. To top that, we discuss all the issues and talk about the school district in front of our kids. If we we don't follow school policy, we are teaching our own children a lesson that it is not important to follow rules, policies, and eventually (someday), the law.
These are the hard lessons that later backfire and hit us right on the face later. I have young relatives in school but though they don't have the money, their parents will find a way and are already making plans. These are called parent sacrifices that our children will remember us for.
Just because we are going to disagree with this, doesn't mean our children will do things wrong. You are taking it to an extreme. When children start going the wrong way, is when they see there parents going the wrong way, the parents that go out and don't pay attetion to there children and don't show them love. As long as you show your child your love them and care for them, and you are there for them, then they will not go the wrong way. And really if a low income family can make this work, tell me how it's is going to work because my husband and I have bills to pay, insurance, and medical bills, on top of that we have to put food on the table, and make sure our kids have the things they need. After all of that come August we have to go through that, and not only that but buy school supplies, and now the uniforms, and the clothes our kids will be using at home? Where are we suppose to come up with the money for all of that? Are you willing to donate some uniforms for those parents who really won't be abel to afford the uniforms? In all reality not all parents will be abel to afford to get there kids the uniforms. If we are going to start using the uniforms then we might as well go put our kids in the private school. At least that way they will get a better education. Come on people. We are not in San Antonio. We are in Crystal City, where we are barely getting by. Now like I said earlier, to all those who say yes, will you donate uniforms for those of us parents who really can't afford to buy there kids uniforms. And remember, I'm talking about parents who have more then just one child going to school.
Get Real

Laredo, TX

#20 Mar 21, 2009
I'm confused about this whole 'uniform' issue. First, I hear parents talking about how it's going to cost them twice as much money if they have to buy uniforms plus other clothes that some refer to as 'social clothes' and others are calling 'clothes to wear at home'. I'm not going to say one way or the other whether I support the uniform issue or not (that way I pretty much remain 'anonymous'). One or both sides can criticize me, I don't really care. Let's start off looking specifically at the main issue here...uniforms. We're not talking about name brand uniforms like you might see in some rich schools. These are simple Khaki/navy pants that can be purchased at Wal Mart for about $10-$12. I don't think they cost all that much. How many pairs of pants would it take? Four maybe? Just a guess. As for the shirts...five perhaps @$12 -$15 each, again, another guess. That comes out to approximately $125 per child for school clothes. I could never clothe one child with 'regular' clothes for that price and then have their 'extra' clothes for 'socializing'. I spend about $300 per child x three, that comes out to about $900 a the start of the school year. This doesn't even include shoes. I'm not going to lie to you people, some of the clothes were name brand because my kids would get harassed if they wore anything less than that. My husband and I would do all we could to help them 'fit' in if you will. I wish uniforms had been in place when my kids were still in school. I voted for it each time they did a survey (and yes, they did do surveys). As a matter of fact, they sent notes home to parents not long ago at one of the elementary schools specifically to talk about the uniform thing. Sadly, only a handful of parents showed up to hear what was to be said about them. Not only was one note sent, I believe they had sent out three prior to the meeting as well as placed a notice in the paper. Okay, now for the other side of the coin. I, too, believe each student deserves to show his/her individuality. Hmmm, could it possibly come in the form of 'accessories' maybe? Guys, I'm not so sure. And then you have the shoes. No one said they had to wear the same shoes as everyone else did they? Back to the 'at home' clothes. I always made my kids wear last years clothes to play in at home. I never bought play clothes (what a waste of money). I think a couple of outfits or so for socializing on weekends should be suffice. After all, don't our kids have too much free time on their hands? Keep them close to home and out of trouble, that way they won't need so many clothes! Okay, lay it on me parents. Like I said, no one has to agree with me :)

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