To Jean or Not to Jean: School dress code conundrum - WNCT

To Jean or Not to Jean: School dress code conundrum

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

It's an issue many of our school systems have tried to tackle.

Dress codes are growing in popularity and some codes are stricter than others. Last fall we told you about a Pamlico student suspended for not tucking in her shirt.

Now, we're learning more about a different school system's decision to change it's policy on jeans.

Pitt County School's Board of Education voted Wednesday to do away with jeans in public schools for the upcoming school year, joining a group of counties in the east with similar policies that support khakis.

"I really don't see the difference in wearing jeans or the uniform?" said Shonda Slaymaker, a mother of two students in Pitt County Schools.

We took Slaymaker's questions and called Beaufort County School Superintendent Don Phipps. Beaufort County is no stranger to the "no jeans" policy. After years of implementing a dress code without jeans, Phipps says it works.

"There is more consistency in the classroom and what we see on campus so it's just a little easier to enforce," said Phipps.

To jean or not to jean is a mix across the east with about an equal spread of counties for and against it.

Supports say the policy balances the field so some students aren't better dressed than others who can't afford it, while some parents say they can't afford the khaki's either.

School systems that have the stricter dress code policy say it's a fluid policy that changes with time.

Phipps says Beaufort County started out much stricter and has since found a middle ground that parents are OK with.

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