Wiregrass Newsroom: Dothan Considering Uniforms For City Schools

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) - Come Monday students at Dothan city schools could be shopping for some new clothing.

The Dothan city school board will vote during their meeting Monday on whether to adopt a uniform policy.

A school board committee started considering a uniform policy back in September.

Those members are now preparing to present their plan to the full school board for a vote.

"We want to raise the bar if you will with our student appearance, so we developed the uniform committee and they're going to make this recommendation," said Dr. Sam Nichols, Superintendant of Dothan City Schools.

The uniform policy covers K-12 and all schools in the city system.

Boys and Girls are required to wear polo or button front shirts either white or navy blue.

Students can wear Red or Maroon if they attend Dothan and Northview high school.

Boys have to wear pants or shorts, khaki or navy blue in color.

Girls can also wear pants or shorts, along with Capri pants and skirts.

For shoes, everyone will wear tennis shoes, loafers, or oxfords.

Unacceptable items are also laid out.

Students will not be allowed to wear tight or excessively loose clothing, no denim or ripped and torn clothing.

Exceptions to the policy will be made for picture day, spirit days, and certain days designated by principals.

"A lot of the focus for this came from the community conversations that the yes we can initiative has had throughout our city," said Dr. Nichols.

Uniforms have been a hot topic in the community.

Yes We Can Dothan is an initiative designed for citizens to get involved in improving schools.

They've meet over 40 times, and appearance came up a lot.

"In almost every meeting the people said they wanted student appearance and dress to improve," said Morris Slingluff, of Yes We Can Dothan

If approved the uniform policy takes effect during the 2009-2010 school year.