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August 1, 2009

HISD ready for new school year, standardized dress code

HUNTSVILLE — With its first year under a standardized dress code behind them, Huntsville Independent School District officials are looking forward to what they hope will be a smooth-going second year under the new code.

“We have made no changes to the dress code and feel that the first year was pretty successful,” HISD Assistant Superintendent John DeBrock said, adding that a few clarifications were being made by administrators in regard to pant and jean color.

“Our biggest areas of confusion involved the color of khaki and the color of jeans,” DeBrock said. “Khaki has been defined by a wide range of hues over the years — from a sandy color to green — and we are going to allow all variations of the color.

“Jeans can be the same way — coming in black, khaki and various shades of blue,” he added. “What might be a dark blue pair of jeans when school starts might not be in a few months.

“So we determined that jeans can be any of those colors as long as they are a solid shade.”

The main reminder DeBrock wished to issue to parents is that pants and other bottoms should have a waistband above the hip bone all the way around.

“Shirts stay the same — including solid-colored polo-style shirts and collared button-up shirts,” he said, moving on to report that the district had received much praise on student dress since the new code was implemented last fall.

“We got compliments on how much better the kids looked,” he said. “We knew the first year would be the toughest; we saw that as the year began, but as the year continued there was improvement.”

DeBrock reported that in August of 2008, dress code violations made up 82 percent of the disciplinary reports, declining to 56 percent in September, 23 percent in October and 8 percent in November.

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