Revised uniform standard at Danville schools won't include jeans

Revised uniform standard at Danville schools won't include jeans

DANVILLE — A revised draft of a uniform standard of dress for Danville schools students may be easier for administrators to enforce than the original.

But it still doesn’t include the one piece of clothing that students want to wear most — jeans.

Though not all agreed, most board members said Wednesday that they want to see K-12 students wearing pants, skirts, skorts or shorts in khaki or other solid colors on a daily basis.

But as a compromise, they recommended that students be allowed to wear jeans on “spirit days” or “dress-down days” designated by their building principal. Board member Darlene Halloran said administrators could allow kids to wear jeans as an incentive for good attendance and the like.

The board will vote on the proposed policy at its April 23 meeting.

Other proposed revisions include:

— K-8 students would wear collared shirts (polos and button-down dress shirts), sweaters and sweatshirts in white and two additional colors determined by their principal. This narrows the colors down from any color.

— High school students would wear collared shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts in any color or pattern with no logo restriction.

— Girls would be allowed to wear dresses or jumpers of any colors because of the difficulty of finding them in a solid color. They also would be allowed to wear tights, leggings or jeggings under a dress or skirt, but not as pants.

— K-8 students would be allowed to wear school T-shirts and sweatshirts on spirit days designated by their principal. While the same exception for high school students was included in the original proposal, board members reiterated that those students could wear Danville Vikings gear on those days.

— Students could wear jewelry, as long as it wasn’t gang related, and dress scarves to accessorize their clothing.

Most of the revisions came from Halloran, who said she spoke to several administrators on what parts of the original proposal would be easy or difficult to enforce.

Board members Bill Dobbles and Randal Ashton said they’re still opposed to the “no denim,” which drew applause from a few students and parents in the audience.

“It seems to me it would be an economic hardship on our parents,” Dobbles said.

But Halloran said she priced clothing at Walmart and found that jeans generally were more expensive than khakis and other solid-color cotton pants.

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