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Akron Board of Education adopts school dress code

There are 204 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from May 15, 2007, titled Akron Board of Education adopts school dress code. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Droopy pants are out, hoodies are in. The Akron Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to adopt a school dress code.

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Alexandra

Brunswick, OH

#1 May 15, 2007
A HOODIE BAN??? you know you are taking it too far when you try to ban hooded sweatshirts. Although bare midriffs and sleeveless tops were not permitted when I attended Firestone High School (I graduated in 2005), the "unobtrusive hair," seems a bit ridiculous as well. What is Akron coming to?
LilOne

Herndon, VA

#2 May 15, 2007
I hate to see the schools have to step in here, but maybe this will wake up some parents. Those that don't care to look at their kids before they leave home will now have to look at them all day when they get sent home from school for violating the dress code.
Beth

Cleveland, OH

#3 May 15, 2007
The Akron school district needs to pay attention to what's really important and that isn't what the kids are wearing or how there hair is fixed, or isn't fixed for that matter!
Reba

United States

#4 May 15, 2007
Hooray for Akron Public Schools. A dress code was long overdue. Other schools in this area have already adopted new codes and the result has been a much improved, a much less offensive look and an all around more respectful look for the students.
Joyce Endres

Barberton, OH

#5 May 15, 2007
If the board is going adopt a dress code. Do not be vague give a dress code that is a uniform so the students will not be in competition with one another. Some of the clothing worn by students today is disqusting. It should be black or blue slacks or shirts with white polo shirts.
Dan

United States

#6 May 15, 2007
Actually this is a coommon sense dress code that many other public schools are currently using. It gets rid of the stuff that really needs to go without punishing the majority of students who were doing nothing wrong in the first place. Limiting choices to one ot two outfits is how you treat toddlers, not teenagers. Requiring everybody to wear the same thing every day is what you do to prisoners, not students.
Dan

United States

#7 May 15, 2007
Excuse the poor spelling
bill

Akron, OH

#8 May 15, 2007
This is a good idea to get the parents involved.
Is it the answer ? i dont think so ,but maybe the parents wont let their 16 year old daughters go out dressed like a 30 year old prostitute.
save the hoodies

United States

#9 May 15, 2007
Kids love them. Adults love them. All the cool styles of shirts have them. As long as they don't have anything stupid written on them, keep them. I agree there should be a dress code. Some people show way too much flesh.
Beth

Cleveland, OH

#10 May 15, 2007
By the way, I thought we lived in the USA where we have the freedom to choose what we will wear or what we do to our hair. I understand the need to eliminate certain things, like droopy pants, mini skirts, etc but seriously I was getting my hair cut the other day and a high school male student walked in with curly hair (not long by any account) and was told by the school that he needed to cut it or he was going to be suspended! That is ridiculious!!
lewis_medlock

Canton, OH

#11 May 16, 2007
Beth wrote:
By the way, I thought we lived in the USA where we have the freedom to choose what we will wear or what we do to our hair. I understand the need to eliminate certain things, like droopy pants, mini skirts, etc but seriously I was getting my hair cut the other day and a high school male student walked in with curly hair (not long by any account) and was told by the school that he needed to cut it or he was going to be suspended! That is ridiculious!!
1.....Learn to spell. Otherwise you risk looking like an idiot before all who read your post.
2.....You disagree with the rules? Become part of the process or move.
Do not post here after the fact or continue to complain . Still don't get it?? Go back to #1 and start over.
Most of the lil' thugs in the Akron PUBLIC schools look like warmed over dog $hit. Ever wonder where Burger King finds the guy who works all night making burgers and fries??
Your local Akron Public School.
LM

LM

Since: Mar 07

Sandusky, OH

#12 May 16, 2007
Beth wrote:
By the way, I thought we lived in the USA where we have the freedom to choose what we will wear or what we do to our hair. I understand the need to eliminate certain things, like droopy pants, mini skirts, etc but seriously I was getting my hair cut the other day and a high school male student walked in with curly hair (not long by any account) and was told by the school that he needed to cut it or he was going to be suspended! That is ridiculious!!
Yes you can wear what you want, when you are not subject to the rules of a school, employer, or other authority. Even bars and clubs have a dress code, which often bans hooded sweatshirts. As a recent APS graduate, I applaud this move by the board. While I was in school I saw many things that had no place being worn in school, work, or any other professional or even semi-professional setting. I think that the board should take this one step further and require all students to wear solid color slacks and a collared shirt. Many students in Akron are only educated through high school, so APS should teach these students proper dress and grooming, something that will be coming with the dress code that includes hair.
JXF

Warren, OH

#13 May 16, 2007
I think it's great that the APS is going to have a dress code. Too many of these kids are going to school showing everything they have. It's distracting for the other students. Most of the parents don't care what their kids wear to school, if they did, they would make them change BEFORE they go out the door in the morning. What's the big deal with a uniform? It would elminate the need to spend tons of money on brand name clothes that look terrible on the kids anyway.
JXF

Warren, OH

#14 May 16, 2007
PS..I agree with the hair thing too, the students should have to have neat, clean hair, not some wild style, punked up, colored 5 different ways.
Sheila

Tulsa, OK

#15 May 16, 2007
Beth wrote:
The Akron school district needs to pay attention to what's really important and that isn't what the kids are wearing or how there hair is fixed, or isn't fixed for that matter!
Care to finish your thought, Beth? What is it that is important?
Anonymous

Ravenna, OH

#16 May 17, 2007
I don't understand why someone is making fun of people who work the night shift at Burger King. Honest work is always honorable.
Steve D

Aurora, OH

#17 May 17, 2007
Hopefully getting rid of the baggy pants is part of this code.
DOGGIN IT

Cleveland, OH

#18 May 17, 2007
it's possible that if the school board earns some respect from the taxpayers with enforcing rules like this, they might actually pass a levy now and then? ever think there may be an alterior motive here? would YOU WHINING KIDS be willing to give up your stupid hoodies to get a better education?????????
A Concerned Neighbor

Akron, OH

#19 May 17, 2007
Yes, let's prepare our youth of today for the real world and teach them "proper dress and grooming". Oh wait! This is America and in the real world, people have choice. In the real world people wear hoodies, flip flops and color their hair. Just go to any college campus or mall. Should you dress for a job interview or a business job that way? No, but let's teach them the difference. I can understand restrictions on revealing clothes that can distract in the classroom, gang-related stuff and items that could be dangerous like perhaps 7" high heels but if you are going to make limitations you should be asking "How will this improve education?" It should be significant. Will wearing blue pants rather than a pink skirt improve how much students can learn? The point of a dress code should not be just to impose CONTROL, it should be to improve education and keep students safe! Prepare them for the real world, teach them how and why their decisions affect their life.
A Concerned Neighbor

Akron, OH

#20 May 17, 2007
DOGGIN IT wrote:
would YOU WHINING KIDS be willing to give up your stupid hoodies to get a better education?????????
Exactly how would giving up hoodies improve education? Unless your an investor in hoodless tops and school uniforms learning how to make a profit, there's no reason to eliminate them. It is reasonable to require the hoods be off while in the school so it doesn't interfere with vision and learning. Again, how does no hoodies provide a better education?

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