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First day of school means new dress code in Sumter County

July 30, 2007

Americus -- It's not even August yet, but summer vacation is over for Sumter County students.

When the first period bell rings inside Americus-Sumter  High School, it marks the beginning of a new school year.

But there are some noticeable changes in the halls and classrooms this year at all Sumter County schools - a new dress code. Most notably; collared, tucked in shirts for guys and girls along with slacks and shorts, but no jeans or T-shirts.

Students from kindergarten to 12th grade must abide by the strict new dress code.

Some of the students we spoke with welcomed the change. "It's alright," said Kanisha Jones. "They enforced it, so we just gotta deal with it now," she said.

But some students weren't happy with their new wardrobe. "I don't like it. It's too much. I just don't like it," said Michael Mackey.

The Sumter County Board of Education unanimously approved the dress code last April, weeks after parents and administrators worked together to implement the guidelines.

Under the new dress code, students at Americus-Sumter High School can wear three different colored shirts; blue, tan, or white. This is a change principal Dr. Larry Moore believes will be successful.

"It's not just our school, it's every school in the county. It's going to help our students focus on learning and getting an education, not on the latest dress styles." he said.

Decked out in their new threads, Dr. Moore said only about a two dozen of the more than 1,000 students at ASHS did not comply with the new standards.

"So far it's excellent. I'm very pleased with it," added Moore.

Sumter County is one of the first school districts in the area to move strict dress code requirements.

Teachers also have to abide by a new dress code. It outlines professional dress that's appropriate for teachers. They can also just wear the same uniforms as the students.

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