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Two Franklin County, Pa., school districts make changes to dress code

August 04, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Dress code changes are coming to two Franklin County, Pa., school districts for 2013-14.

Chambersburg Area School District made significant adjustments to what students will be allowed to wear. Waynesboro Area School District consolidated some existing policies and placed prohibitions on short skirts and jeans with holes.

“Last year, we did the staff dress code across the district, and we wanted to continue the process,” said Sherian Diller, superintendent of the Waynesboro Area School District.

Chambersburg Area School District spokeswoman Tammy Stouffer said her district took similar steps by doing an employee dress code in 2012-13 and following now with one for students.

“There was just a sense there needed to be a tightening up” of what is allowed, Stouffer said.

Chambersburg students now will only be allowed to wear shirts of solid colors or patterns like stripes, paisley and plaid. They will not be able to wear most shirts with logos.

One exception is “spirit wear” representing Chambersburg sports teams, clubs and activities, Stouffer said.

Diller said Waynesboro officials have not discussed going further and creating a dress code as strict as Chambersburg’s. She said the new district policy, which was communicated to parents in a phone message and online, consolidates rules that could already be found in each school.

“We pulled them all together and made a district dress code,” she said.

For Waynesboro, the main new elements are: no jeans with holes in them, no skirts or shorts higher than 4 inches above the knee and no flip-flops for elementary school students.

Stouffer said a committee from Chambersburg visited other schools with similar dress codes. Educators at those schools reported fewer behavioral issues.

Dress codes can help students prepare for the career world, where there are often restrictions on what employees can wear, Stouffer said.

Feedback has been plentiful from parents, with comments being offered in favor and against the plan, she said.

Both school districts are planning to offer some flexibility for first offenses, including Chambersburg stocking spirit wear for temporary use by students.

More information about the dress codes can be found at www.chambersburg.k12.pa.us and www.wasd.k12.pa.us.

Representatives of Greencastle-Antrim and Tuscarora school districts said no dress code changes are planned there.


Pa. dress code changes

Chambersburg Area School District
Changes/modifications to the school district’s dress code include:
• Shirts are permitted in solid colors and patterns.
• Tops must have a crew neck, collar, turtleneck or mock turtleneck.
• Bottoms must be black, blue, gray, brown or khaki/tan.
• The hemline on shorts, skirts and dresses must be no shorter than 2 inches from the top of the knee.
For more information, go to www.chambersburg.k12.pa.us.

Waynesboro Area School District
Changes/modifications to the school district’s dress code include:
• Tank tops and spaghetti straps are prohibited.
• No flip-flops for elementary school students.
• The hemline of shorts, skirts and dresses must be no shorter than 4 inches from the top of the knee.
• No cutoffs or holes of any kind are allowed in pants, jeans, skirts or shorts.
For more information, go to www.wasd.k12.pa.us.

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