Board to vote on countywide uniforms

Published 6:00 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Chilton County Board of Education will vote April 19 whether to implement a uniform dress code policy for all county schools.

If approved by the board, the policy would require all students from kindergarten through 12th grade to wear uniforms.

The policy was brought up at last month’s BOE meeting. The board voted then to post the policy for public review for 30 days.

“It is on the table to implement the minimum standard of the policy similar to what Isabella already has,” said Superintendent Dave Hayden. “The dress code began at Jemison several years ago, then to Maplesville and Isabella. A lot of us believe we all need to be on the same page. It is an evolving process.”

Principals of schools where uniforms have been implemented said they are beneficial and have a positive impact on students, Hayden said.

“The principals that already have it say it works very well,” said Hayden. “The discipline is better and the students are a little bit more focused when they are not worried about what they are wearing. Students compete on a lot of levels and this will put the focus back on education.”

If approved, the policy will take effect in August 2011.