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Contact: Tammy Stouffer Date: 9/6/13
Chambersburg Area School District Apparel Administrative Guideline Statement I believe it is important, as with any change, to work diligently to communicate the requirements to all stakeholders. The district focus during implementation is to clearly communicate expectations and emphasize consistency . My goal and a goal that I set for all of the district’s administrators is to help all students, parents, and staff to understand the new apparel expectations . It is not the intentions of the district to make any child feel uncomfortable due to their choice of dress. In fact, part of the reasoning behind the new guidelines was to help “level the playing field”, so children do not feel pressured to have certain styles of clothing. Ultimately, our aim is for every child to be in school and I am committed to work towards this. The district has received feedback from the Community through several different mediums (Board Meeting, calls, emails and the Apparel Committee Meeting). The district has received feedback both for and against the apparel guidelines that were implemented. In summary, the major concerns were around the acceptable neckline of shirts and plaid shorts . I do not anticipate any formal changes to the existing guidelines at this time. Could we see changes in the future? Possibly. We are, 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 be consistent across the district and to clarify the neckline, as there was confusion regarding crew necks. If a child has a shirt that looks like a crewneck, but doesn’t look like a traditional “t-shirt” crew neck, then it is a crew neck. I have also received reports concerning staff asking students to “prove” that the shirt under a scarf is within the guidelines. If the student appears to be in line with the apparel guidelines, our staff will take that at face value. I also know that many in our community express concerns over having the resources to purchase acceptable clothes for their child. Our buildings administrators are working with PTOs/PTAs to assist with this need. Additionally, I
would ask that if any parent has a need and cannot find the resources to please contact your building principal or me personally. I have been asked on numerous occasions, how many are complying? While the numbers have varied by building and by day, overall 99% of our approximately 9,000 are in compliance with the apparel guidelines. I personally spoke to a few high school students yesterday and asked for an honest opinion. All indicated that at first, they didn’t like the thought of the code, and yes it may make them think a little harder about what to wear in the morning. In the end, they were in agreement that students look better this year. In fact, one indicated she felt this would help her be ready for when she graduates.
Dr. Joseph Padasak