Danville schools officials to reveal uniform plan Wednesday

DANVILLE — Danville students could soon have a better idea of what they'll be wearing to school next year.

Administrators plan to present a proposed "uniform standard of dress" code policy at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

"We're pleased with the progress ... so far, and we're looking forward to wrapping it up," said Associate Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat.

Superintendent Mark Denman declined to release any details until Wednesday because officials are still tweaking the proposal. However, they have discussed requiring solid-color shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters along with pants, skirts and shorts, and prohibiting denim jeans and sweatpants.

In January, the board decided that K-12 students will have a uniform standard of dress starting next school year. Since then, officials have been drafting a policy that lays out what can be worn, implementation and sanctions for noncompliance, among other things.

That process has involved more than 200 people, including staff, students, parents and community members, Desmoulin-Kherat said.

Denman said the board will have time to review the proposal and make suggestions. He hopes it will be adopted at the April 9 meeting.

"This will give families time to transition to this new standard of dress," he said, adding that it would also give the district time to meet with local vendors, which have already said they'll work to provide whatever students need, and hold informational meetings with parents to make sure the implementation goes smoothly.

The policy will not affect students at Northeast Elementary Magnet School, which has its own uniform policy.

Dress rehearsal

WHAT: School board meeting.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville.

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