There could be changes to the dress code in some Baldwin County schools for the coming school year. That’s if a proposal in front of the Baldwin County Board of Education is passed. It would relax the dress code somewhat for high school students.
If the proposal passes, high schools around the county will all share a new school color…blue. Blue jeans that is. Open-toed shoes would also be allowed. The board is considering relaxing the dress code after requests from several principals.
“They think it’s a time and age where children like to express a little bit of individuality and not necessarily be tied to a specific dress code every day,” said Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Lee.
Lee says there are other reasons to consider making a change. He said it will bring an extra level of comfort to the students and will offer parents options and convenience.
“I hear this from a lot of parents…that we are really forcing them to buy two sets of clothes…one set for school and then the students want something else to wear during the weekends and time off during the summer,” Lee said.
In an impromptu survey, I asked several parents what they thought about the change and I found overwhelming support.
“I think it’s a good idea. Let them wear what they want to wear. When I was going to school, I didn’t have to wear any of that,” said Ronnie Styron.
“Yeah I’m for it. The reason being, it’s hard to find clothes to fit certain size girls and boys so with jeans, you can find it so I’m for it,” Kellie Bryars said.
“I think it would be wonderful for the kids to wear blue jeans and sandals…make them more comfortable,” agreed Deann Miller.
There was also some opposition to change mixed in though not a majority. There is still time for the public to weigh-in on the issue. You can do that by reaching out to your school board representative, speak out at the next board meeting which is July 24th or respond to an online survey the board of education has put up. That link is bcbe.org/feedback