Shopping for school clothes should be a little easier this year for students in Akron Public Schools. School Board Vice President Lisa Mansfield says students will still wear polo shirts to school, but any color will be fine.
"For a lot of our students who are transient who move from school to school, even during the school year, if you went to one school that allowed red shirts (and white and blue and yellow) then you were all set, then you move to a school where you couldn't wear red because it wasn't their school color," said Mansfield.
She says the other major change is really a change in wording, not intent. Students will not be allowed to wear pants or shorts made of denim. In the past, the policy read that students had to avoid "jean-like" pants, but Mansfield says it was too confusing to students, parents and even the administrators who are tasked with enforcing the dress code.
Mansfield says Docker-type pants or shorts, even cargo-style are okay for students to wear.
The dress code changes will be mailed to parents in the district's "back to school" packets that are being sent soon.
By the way, Mansfield says pants or shorts must be worn the way they were intended - with the waist band on the waist - not several inches below.