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School district adds color to approved list

The Colleton County School District has modified its mandatory uniform policy, adding an additional color to those colors that students are allowed to wear.
According to district officials, the color gray is now added to the list of approved shirt colors for both elementary students and middle-school students.
Other approved colors are navy, white, light pink, light blue and yellow. These colors apply to all students in grades pre-k through the eighth grade.
Colleton County Superintendent, Dr. Franklin Foster, authorized the addition of the gray color last week.
Pants’ colors have not changed. Permitted pants colors are khaki, navy, and black.
There have been no changes or additions to the existing uniform policy at Colleton County High School. Students in the high school- which includes ninth-twelfth grades- can wear gray, white or navy shirts. Pant’s colors are the same as stated earlier. Jeans are not allowed.
The additional allowable shirt color was discovered when county residents began asking our newspaper office about the district’s uniform policy, saying the online version was unclear. This newspaper’s reporters followed up on our readers’ questions, prompting the district to notify us of the change.

Other general uniform policy guidelines include:
Students cannot wear jeans, jogging pants or leggings.
Garments will “assure modesty,” according to the dress code.
Garments and jewelry will not display emblems of alcohol, drugs, violence, sex, or illegal substances.
Shirts are tucked in and are no larger than the size of clothing that the school administrator deems right to wear.
Jackets, sweaters, and vests can be worn WITHOUT a hoodie and only if they are a school uniform color.
Shorts and skirts are permitted, but cannot be more than 2.5 inches above the knee.
No cargo pants or cargo shorts are allowed.
Shoe laces must match the color of the shoes. Neon-colored laces are now allowed.
No head wrapping of any kind is allowed.
Flip flops, stilettos, slippers, plastic shoes and shoes with wheels on the bottom are NOT allowed.
For the first offense of violating the district’s uniform policy, the student will be given a verbal warning and will be given a chance to change their clothes. On the second offense, disciplinary action will consist of either in-school suspension or detention. On the third offense, the student will be disciplined further. This action could include out-of-school suspension, according to the district’s uniform policy.
The uniform policy and the violation code for this policy have been approved by the Colleton County School Board.

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