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Seaford School District Considers New Dress Code

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02/09/2009 9:26 PM ET

SEAFORD, Del.- At Seaford Middle School, the students there sport an array of outfits and in all sorts of colors. 

Principal Stephanie Smith said the school district has a rather strict dress code already, but the district wanted to take it a step further. For a while, the district was considering uniforms.  

"It had a lot of kid reaction. A lot of kids are not that happy with the idea of it," Smith said.

But then the district looked at cost; not just what it would cost parents, but what it would cost the district.  If a public school makes uniforms mandatory, the district has to help pay for uniforms for low income children because being forced to buy extra clothes might cost too much money for parents.  

"It can be cost saving. It's just the initial start up cost that can be difficult to comprehend when you're in a bad financial situation," Smith said.  

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Russell H. Knorr said that the district has the highest incidence of free or reduced lunch program participation in the state of Delaware. At Seaford Middle alone, two-thirds of the kids participate in free or reduced lunch.  Subsidizing all those uniforms would cost too much.  

"We're starting discussions about staffing and staffing cuts because of what we're going to do with the budget situation, so we know there aren't going to be extra funds to supplement the uniform program," Smith said.

It looks like for now that the kids in Seaford will still get to pick out what they wear to school each day, with one potential exception.  

"I've heard talk of hooded sweatshirts being one of the things, so that may be something that they won't be allowed to wear," Smith said.   No final decision has yet been made about revising the dress code.

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