Abilene ISD board votes for standardized dress for middle school students

ABILENE, Texas - Abilene ISD trustees voted unanimously Monday night to begin requiring standardized dress at Abilene middle schools starting in August.

The new dress code for AISD middle school students basically will be:

*- Students get to wear one of five solid colors of polo, sweater, sweatshirt, or hoodie on top. The colors are red, white, black, navy blue, royal blue and grey. 

*- Students can wear pants, shorts or skirts and they can be navy blue, black or khaki. 

*- There are also regulations on belts (black or brown only), shoes (no flip flops or shower shoes), and the fit of clothing as well.

Abilene ISD has taken a look at enacting school uniforms or standardized dress for years. This more moderate approach to school dress criteria was adopted after feedback from teachers and parents.

"I think a lot of people are realizing the pressure kids are under today," said Dr. Dan Dukes, principal at Craig Middle School. "I think the more pressures we can take off our kids the better off we are. One of those pressures happens to be what you wear to school and trying to look a certain way and purchase clothing, especially designer clothing, that puts you in a particular social group."

The requirements begin in August – at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

The school board also voted unanimously to update boundaries for two of those middle schools:  Craig and Mann.

Eighty students will be impacted by the change. The change will decrease enrollment at Craig and send more students to Mann.

These changes will also start in August of this year.

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