Aycock School Uniforms – In the news

Update: Aycock Middle’s school uniform policy has now been formulated and distributed.   There is no mention of the high level of dissention among Aycock parents.  Quite the opposite, Principal Price is pushing forward and prefaces the policy’s details with this:

2004-2005 Standard Mode of Dress (SMOD) Criteria

Thank you for continuing to provide input as we focus on our school wide initiatives for next year.  The parent meetings, your individual emails, and presentations to the School Planning and Management Team (school leadership team) have been critical as we create a foundation of exemplary learning for next year.  I encourage you to continue to give us feedback on our progress.  The attached SMOD criteria will give you guidelines for student dress as you shop for next year.  Many of you have asked if there will be a specific vendor that the school will use in conjunction with local stores (Walmart, JCPenney, Old Navy, etc…).  We will send you a list of perspective vendors for your convenience.

 Emails are a flyin’.


Frequent readers of these pages know that the proposed school uniform policy at Aycock Middle School has been a developing controversy for several months.  Because of a biased parent survey, the school’s administrators feel that they have attained ”buy-in” but many parents are objecting to the process.  Links to the debate have been established, many thoughtful comments have been offered and one of our School Board members has weighed in on the issue.  This past Friday, WFMY TV visited Aycock to file a story about the proposed policy.

The station only quoted pro-uniform parent Samantha Derr and her dissenting daughter Erica for their story.  The two of them have opposing, but apparently soon-to-be-convergent, opinions on the policy which I’m sure made for good video – although I did not get the chance to see the newscast.

Erica, the daughter representing the student body for the story, is resigned to her fate, “I’m going to miss speaking my mind on my shirt…All my friends say no, no, no to the uniforms, but when I talk with my mom, she makes a really good case.”

Samantha, the parent, is confident that she knows what is best for her child and mine, “I think they’ll have a hard time getting used to it, but once they get used to it, it’ll be great…”

This uniform thing is not a done deal like the story and the administration might lead you to believe… not by a long shot.  Some of the activists students, including mine, printed up a bunch of t-shirts and distributed them last Friday to protest the impending policy that is supposed to be enforced nest school year.  The WFMY story hints at things to come: “On Monday, students will make their own case. They say they’ll pack these halls in protest wearing their own kind of uniform, a t-shirt that is anti-uniform.”

Next battleground? The School Board will have to change their policy regarding student dress.  There are a lot of parents who think they are being ignored by the Aycock administration and are looking for redress (there’s a pun there somewhere).  Aycock’s administration is quite entrenched in their decision to move forward with the “standard mode of dress” policy despite all of the evidence and local parental outcry that such a policy won’t fix what actually ails the school.  Efforts will have to be made to trump the Aycock administration’s perceived authority on the issue by taking the matter up the decision making chain.

As always, I’ll keep you posted.

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