Long Adjusting Dress Code

By Bruce Felps

Three days, including today, remain on the Dallas ISD calendar and already Principal Danielle Petters of J.L Long Middle School issued a communiqué to the school’s community regarding changes to take effect with the 2011-12 school year.

The catalyst behind the changes, of course, came from the district’s budgetary shortfall — predicated by reduced state allocations — and the resulting loss of school staff.

To counter those losses while maintaining student safety on campus, the remaining staff determined a few changes had to be enacted to the dress code.

Chief among them will be the absence of backpacks, which Petters said in the letter, “will help us to get students into the building quicker in the mornings with fewer staff working the metal detectors at the entrances. It will also help us keep unwanted objects out of the building.”

Different colored collared shirts specific to grade levels also will in place for next school year so teachers will “know, at a glance, if students are in the right place.”

While not addressed in the letter, but certainly pertinent to the policies of every school in Dallas ISD, dress codes also will require tightened belts.


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