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School board changes dress code to allow jeans

Colleton County’s school uniform policy has turned into a dress code, with three big changes to the code being voted on and approved last week by the Colleton County School Board. 

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The school board first presented changes during a school board meeting about two months ago. During last week’s school board meeting, the board voted on making the changes.

In a follow-up interview on the school board’s vote, Colleton County School Board member and current vice-chair of the board Tim Mabry said the changes will give students more freedoms on a daily basis.

“I, and several other board members, felt like the word ‘uniform’ needed to be changed,” he said. Mabry said the board spoke with school principals before making the suggested changes, and then ultimately voting to approve them.

Mabry said the biggest of the changes is now allowing students to wear jeans. “I’ve never seen an issue with wearing jeans, as long as there is no graffiti or holes,” he said. The board’s policy does include prohibiting wearing ripped jeans.

“It is a whole lot easier to buy a pair of jeans, an article of clothing, that you can wear seven days a week instead of five days a week,” he said.

The policy does still require that students wear belts.

When asked about how the staff will know if a student is wearing a belt through an untucked shirt, Mabry said the answer falls onto administration at each school. “That is their job,” he said. “We want to give the students more freedoms. It’s the teachers job to teach, and the children’s job to learn. If we give the students a little bit of freedom, it teaches them responsibility,” he said.

The policy also states that t-shirts must be of an appropriate size. “They can’t be two-sizes too big or skin tight,” Mabry said, speaking about the board’s expectations of t-shirt sizes on students.

When asked about how these changes may impact safety on school grounds, Mabry said it is up to the school’s administrators to follow-up with the dress code and the consequences of any violators.

The teachers’ dress code has gone unchanged.

According to Mabry, Colleton County Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster will hold soon a training session on the new dress code for teachers and administrative staff.

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