Mixed reaction to new high school dress code

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Back to school shopping will soon be easier for some after the New Hanover County school officials approved a new dress code.

Beginning August 25, 2009, traditional New Hanover County high schools will have a new standardized dress code for students.

Each school - Ashley, Hoggard, Laney, and New Hanover - will have its own specifications, however they all share the same basic code:

  • Collared shirts (Any color is acceptable and school shirts can be substituted, including t-shirts)
  • Pants, shorts, skirts, etc. must be khaki color, blue or black
  • All pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. must be knee length
  • No tears, rips or holes in shirts, pants, etc.
  • No oversized or tight-fitting clothing

Officials say the move is the result of a comprehensive study and strong support from parents and faculty for a more defined policy.

A "clothes closet" is planning to help students with financial hardships and loan appropriate clothing to students.

"Our purpose in implementing the standard dress is to make sure we have an environment at school which conveys, 'we're here to work and to learn.'  This is not time to relax or just hang out with my friends.  We believe that the standard dress policies we will implement in 2009-2010 will help us convey that message," said Principal Chris Furr.

Parent Robert McIver agrees with the stricter rules and said he believes the administration has worked hard to come up with the decision.

But, many students are not pleased with the stricter dress code.

"There are a lot of people who aren't going to go along with it at first," said NHHS student Josh Wilkes.  "I've already seen petitions going around."

"The thing that gets me, is how they have been trying to enforce the dress code forever," said student Whisper Parra.  "Now, they are enforcing it more, and now people are going to rebel."

School officials say they based their decision in the best interest for the students.

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