Moving to districtwide dress code

The district will have a series of meetings in March to work with parents.
WARREN -- The city school district is working on adopting a districtwide dress code for the 2007-08 school year, Superintendent Kathryn Hellweg said.
The only city school that now has a dress code is East Middle School, Hellweg said Tuesday at a board of education meeting.
The new dress code is part of the district's efforts to improve behavior and help pupils adjust to the new school format next year, board member Robert Faulkner Sr. said.
The district will open the new Lincoln kindergarten-through-eighth-grade building in August, and the rest of Warren's elementary and middle school pupils will be placed in three other kindergarten-through-eighth-grade schools, Hellweg said.
The specifics of the dress code have not yet been established, and the district will begin holding a series of meetings in March to work with parents and pupils on the issue, Hellweg said.
Making things easier
The district will also work with area department stores to ensure they are stocking their shelves with clothes that fit dress-code requirements, Hellweg said.
The district is required by law to work with low-income pupils so the dress code does not become a financial burden on parents, board member Linda Metzendorf said.
"We're not going to let income be a barrier to getting new clothes," she said. "If we need to work with parents so students can afford new clothes, we will."
Faulkner said now is a good time of year to change the dress code.
"We're doing it early enough so everyone will be prepared," he said.

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