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Chambersburg Area School District Apparel Administrative Guideline Statement

Chambersburg Area School District Apparel Administrative Guideline Statement

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Chambersburg Area School District Apparel Administrative Guideline Statement
Chambersburg Area School District Apparel Administrative Guideline Statement

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435 Stanley AvenueChambersburg, PA 17201(717) 709-4027Fax (717) 261-3321
Contact: Tammy StoufferDate: 9/6/13
Chambersburg Area School District Apparel Administrative GuidelineStatement 
I believe it is important, as with any change, to work diligently to communicate therequirements to all stakeholders.
The district focus during implementation is toclearly communicate expectations and emphasize consistency 
.
My goal and agoal that I set for all of the district’s administrators is to help all students, parents, and staff to understand the new apparel expectations
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It is not the intentions of the district to make any child feel uncomfortable due totheir choice of dress. In fact, part of the reasoning behind the new guidelines was tohelp “level the playing field”, so children do not feel pressured to have certainstyles of clothing.
Ultimately, our aim is for every child to be in school and Iam committed to work towards this.
 The district has received feedback from the Community through several differentmediums (Board Meeting, calls, emails and the Apparel Committee Meeting).
Thedistrict has received feedback both for and against the apparel guidelines that wereimplemented
. In summary, the major concerns were around the acceptableneckline of shirts and plaid shorts
. I do not anticipate any formal changes to theexisting guidelines at this time. Could we see changes in the future?
 
Possibly 
. Weare, however, working to clarify, so that all staff can
implement consistently
.I am listening to the parents and take their concerns seriously. In fact this week,meetings were held with all building administrators to reinforce the need to beconsistent across the district and to clarify the neckline, as there was confusionregarding crew necks. If a child has a shirt that looks like a crewneck, but doesn’tlook like a traditional “t-shirt” crew neck, then it is a crew neck. I have alsoreceived reports concerning staff asking students to “prove” that the shirt under ascarf is within the guidelines. If the student appears to be in line with the apparelguidelines, our staff will take that at face value.I also know that many in our community express concerns over having theresources to purchase acceptable clothes for their child. Our buildingsadministrators are working with PTOs/PTAs to assist with this need. Additionally, I

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