GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Pitt County School Board passed changes to the county’s school uniform policy on Monday.
The previous policy required students to wear specific a solid-colored polo with no emblems or designs on them. Under the changes, students would be able to wear any solid-colored polo with, or without, small emblems.
“Our board feels as if based on the feedback from the parents, community and students that it’s time to open up the uniform policy,” said Travis Lewis with Pitt County Schools.
Lewis said a lot of feedback stemmed around difficulties finding clothing that matched the policy.
“The goal of the board was to try and, if any changes were going to be made, to try to have those accomplished as soon as possible so that parents heading into the summer can start shopping and making changes to their child’s wardrobe and start planning for the up coming school year,” said Lewis.
Students can now wear denim in navy, black, or khaki as long as there are no holes or cuts in the jeans.
Lewis said the board went through more than 1,000 responses from parents.
“The level of feedback that they got showed that parents were really engaged in this particular issue and had a strong passion one way or another about how they thought about school uniforms and our dress code,” he said.
Students can now wear sweatshirts and hoodies to school as long as the hoods are off during class.
Lewis said, “Additionally for dresses shorts, there’s now a length that has to be met whereby 3 inches above the knee which is what we had previously. Now, the student has their hands by their side, the length of their fingertips has to be at least that long.”
The board said it passed the revisions so they could help all families when shopping for clothes.
Lewis said, “They wanted there to be greater ease in the kind of clothing they could find out and about shopping. They also wanted consistency across our schools and how we enforce dress code.”