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Standardized School Attire

New style in school as dress code relaxes (06/20/14)
Parents have been asking for more details about the new relaxed dress code for secondary school students, so School Superintendent Don Embry is sharing additional examples of how students may dress. Previously, secondary school students were required to wear solid-color collar shirts. ...
Style's back in school (06/18/14)
Bedford County schools are going a little more casual. The Board of Education on Tuesday adopted a more relaxed dress code that will be mandatory for students in grades 6-12 systemwide. The system's secondary school principals collaborated on the list, said Suzanne Alexander, board secretary. The dress code will be voluntary for elementary school students, according to the policy...
Dress code blues: Enforcement cuts into teaching time (04/10/12)
Bedford County school superintendent Dr. Ray Butrum invited discussion of issues that seem to be prevalent in schools -- such as dress code and electronic device policies -- at a school board study session late last month. The board's next meeting is April 19...
OPINION: School board member defends dress code vote (02/27/08)
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, had been set as our D-Day, the day of decision. Months of planning had led up to the day. Countless hours of discussion had occupied the lives of many people. Financial costs had been weighed. Consultation with others who had already made the decision was processed. More than one sleepless night had followed the days of debate. The final decision would have major implications for thousands, for years to come. A lot of people give advice; a few make decisions...
Dress code passes unanimously (02/22/08)
The Bedford County Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to pass the third, and final, drafted proposal of a school dress code. Amendments were made allowing more shirt colors and longer shirts before the final vote. The dress code will go into effect at the beginning of next school year...
School board will consider dress code Thursday (02/19/08)
Bedford County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting 7 p.m. Thursday in the Harris Middle School library -- but public interest in the meeting may be anything but regular. That's because of agenda item III.D., labeled "School Dress Code."...
OPINION: Notes from the school attire conundrum (02/16/08)
Because I've been the primary reporter covering the debate over standardized school attire (SSA) over the past year or so, I've tried not to make any bold pronouncements one way or the other in this opinion forum. But, as we approach the school board's final decision on the matter, I have a few thoughts to offer...
Last attire forum brings civility, dialogue (02/13/08)
The last of four public forums held on proposed changes to Bedford County school dress code regulations featured two elements which had sometimes been in short supply at the previous forums: civility, and dialogue. Tuesday night's forum, held at Harris Middle School, was the last scheduled forum before Bedford County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on school attire later this month...
OPINION: New dress code still a bad idea (02/13/08)
Our county is on the verge of making a decision as to what your children can wear to school. This decision lied in the hands of nine school board members: Dixie Parker, Ron Adcock, Amy Martin, Diane Neeley, Barry Cooper, Mary Jo Johnson, Jerry Naron, Leonard Singleton and Glen Forsee...
Last SSA forum scheduled Tuesday (02/11/08)
The last of the scheduled public forums on school attire -- and the first since revisions were made to the proposed policy -- is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Harris Middle School. Bedford County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the issue later this month...
School Board softens SSA proposal (02/01/08)
Bedford County Board of Education has revised its working document on Standardized School Attire; the most notable changes, though not the only ones, would be allowing plain blue jeans and applying the dress code only to grades 6 and up. The board has also tried to tweak the "tucked in" requirement...
School board will revise attire proposal (01/28/08)
Bedford County Board of Education will hold a called meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the school system offices on Madison Street to approve a second working draft of a school dress code. In addition, the final public forum on school attire has been changed from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12 because several school board members had schedule conflicts. The forum will still be held at 6 p.m. at Harris Middle School...
OPINION: Uniformity? Not in this case (01/19/08)
Jail inmates wear uniforms. It's a form of instant identification as to their status -- and a constant reminder to them, and others, of loss of freedom. If some officials have their way Bedford County students, the vast majority of whom will never commit a crime, will come close to experiencing undeserved loss of personal style -- one freedom we, unlike many in other countries, may cherish...
SSA opponents dominate third forum (01/18/08)
The third of four public forums on Standardized School Attire drew heavy criticism of the proposal, which is often described as more than a dress code but less than a uniform. "It is not right to tell anyone what to wear," said Connie Hasty, one of the speakers...
OPINION: Class differences are part of life (01/12/08)
Let me begin by saying that I have been very pleased with the governing decisions of the members of Bedford County Board of Education and the way the county's school system has been run since my first child started school. I have also been pleased beyond all expectations with Liberty School, Principal Tim Harwell, and everyone there that I have come in contact with...
OPINION: SSA won't solve problems (01/12/08)
I understand that the proposed Standardized School Attire is directed toward security and the removal of gangs, violence and drugs. However, it is ironic that the identifying marks of one of the first gangs, the Crips, were blue shirts, shoes, khakis and a blue bandana in the left pocket...
SSA forum set for Jan. 17 (01/08/08)
The next scheduled forum on Standardized School Attire (SSA) will be Jan. 17 at 5:45 at Community High School, prior to the meeting of Bedford County Board of Education at 7 p.m. at the school. This will be the third of four scheduled public forums on the controversial issue. The first was held in November at Liberty School, while the second was last month at Cascade. Anyone may attend any of the forums, regardless of where they live or which school their children attend...
School attire, TWHNC begin top story countdown (12/26/07)
From now until New Year's Eve, the Times-Gazette will take a look back at 2007 by counting down the top 10 news stories of the year as voted by a panel of T-G staffers. What makes a story newsworthy? There are several factors can come into play. ...
Parents at second forum oppose SSA (12/21/07)
"We are opposed!" was the consensus of parents who spoke at a public forum on Standardized School Attire (SSA) Thursday evening at Cascade High School, prior to the regular monthly meeting of Bedford County Board of Education. Unlike a public hearing last month at Liberty School, where opinions were heard both in favor of and against SSA, all of Thursday night's public speakers were opposed to the plan, which is often described as being more than a dress code but less than a uniform...
No air for Southside -- yet (12/18/07)
School superintendent Ed Gray attended Southside Primary School's PTO meeting Monday night to address Standardized School Attire issues, but parents and teachers had others things on their minds they wanted to discuss. Following about an hour-long discussion about the pros and cons of SSA, Gray changed topics, acknowledging he knew several people were there to talk about air conditioning problems at Southside...
Second school attire forum set this week (12/17/07)
The next scheduled forum on Standardized School Attire (SSA) will be Thursday at 5:45 at Cascade High School, prior to the meeting of Bedford County Board of Education at 7 p.m. at the school. This will be the second of four scheduled public forums on the contentious issue; the first was held last month at Liberty School. Anyone may attend any of the forums, regardless of where they live or where their children attend...
Feelings run high at first SSA forum (11/16/07)
The first of several planned public forums on the issue of Standardized School Attire brought out strong opinions on both sides. School board members also indicated that they might be willing to soften some portions of the current draft proposal, such as allowing young children to wear blue jeans, since they stand up better to playground abuse...
SSA forum to be held at Liberty (11/12/07)
The first in a series of planned public forums on Standardized School Attire (SSA) will be held Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at Liberty School, prior to Thursday night's regular monthly meeting of Bedford County Board of Education. But at least one citizen is angry about the timing, claiming that -- because Liberty's basketball team has an away game that night -- participation will be limited...
SSA poll shows divisions (11/05/07)
In a non-scientific poll on the Times-Gazette web site, participants were deeply divided over the issue of Standardized School Attire (SSA), with just under half favoring the draft proposal now being circulated. Here is how the results break down. There were 368 votes cast in the poll:...
Draft SSA policy available (10/22/07)
On Oct. 18, Bedford County Board of Education established the first draft of a Standardized School Attire policy, as a basis for discussion and public input. This is not the final policy, only a starting point. School board members hope to seek public input, make any necessary revisions and vote on a final policy in February...
Draft school attire policy issued (10/19/07)
Bedford County Board of Education has taken the first steps towards adopting Standardized School Attire, by releasing a draft policy which will serve as a basis of debate and discussion between now and February, when the board hopes to adopt a final policy...
OPINION: Don't do more than is needed (10/13/07)
After traveling with local school board members to the Chattanooga area last spring and to Nashville this week, I feel sure that they will adopt Standardized School Attire (SSA), which is usually described as being more than a dress code but less than a uniform...
Metro personnel laud new school attire (10/10/07)
NASHVILLE -- Teachers and administrators at three Metro schools told Bedford County school representatives on Tuesday that implementation of Standardized School Attire (SSA) has gone smoothly, and claimed it is making a noticeable impact on student attitude and behavior...
School booster groups must register (08/15/07)
A new state law requires that organizations such as PTOs, booster clubs and alumni associations which use a school's name, mascot or logo to raise funds will need to enter a written agreement with the school system and provide the school system with complete financial records on request...
Metro dress code gets clean bill of health (06/15/07)
Metro Nashville Public Schools received an opinion this week from the Metro legal department affirming the legality of standardized school attire (SSA) as it is being implemented there. Bedford County Board of Education has discussed the idea of implementing such a program here, and school board members traveled to the Chattanooga area last month to visit two schools where SSA is in place. They will no doubt pay attention to how the program is implemented in Metro as it begins this fall...
Principal says standardized attire changes attitudes (05/11/07)
CLEVELAND -- Chuck Rockholt, principal of Cleveland High School in this East Tennessee city, says he can tell a difference in the atmosphere in his school on the "dress-down" days when students are permitted to wear blue jeans. "There is a different feel to the building," he said...
Chattanooga principal praises standardized attire (05/10/07)
HARRISON -- The principals of two Chattanooga-area high schools that have adopted standardized school attire (SSA) told a Bedford County delegation on Tuesday that common sense and flexibility is a key to making the program work....
Substitute sees teaching from a new angle (05/08/07)
In one of my all-time favorite movies, "Sullivan's Travels," the main character learns that he can't truly know what it's like to be poor just by pretending to be a poor person. Similarly, it's impossible to know what it's like to be a teacher from one day as a substitute -- especially when your curriculum is mostly made up of talking about your job and your international travel experiences...
Dress code may be in students' futures (03/17/07)
Bedford County Board of Education members will travel to Chattanooga this spring to research the idea of a standardized dress code for middle and high school students. The issue was discussed during the board's monthly meeting on Thursday night. A "uniform dress code," as it is referred to, is something less than an official school uniform but considerably stricter than existing dress codes. ...