Standardized dress code approved at GISD

Greenville – A new standardized dress code was approved by the Greenville ISD Board of Trustees last night with a 4-2 vote. The Greenville Herald Banner reports a standing-room only crowd was gathered and 15 people spoke out against the proposed policy, saying the dress code would stifle student individuality, add unreasonable costs to parents, and fall short of expectations.

A committee formed to study a standardized dress code endorsed the policy after holding three public meetings and conducting a survey which showed most respondents in favor of the dress code. The public meetings drew criticism, however, by not allowing the public to speak but requiring questions be submitted in writing.

The dress code would include red, white, or black polo-style shirts, turtlenecks, or blouses; khaki or black pants or skirts; and black or brown leather-like shoes or black, white, or grey tennis shoes. It is set to take effect for the '06-'07 school year.