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AISD middle schools to host meetings about standardized dress plan

All four Abilene ISD middle schools are exploring the idea of standardized dress code, and they're looking for input from the parents.
All four Abilene ISD middle schools are exploring the idea of standardized dress code, and they're looking for input from the parents.

Community members and parents are invited to join one of four informational meetings detailing the proposal and how beneficial it is for the students.

In May, the principals intorduced the proposal to the Abilene ISD Board of Trustees. The princiapals visited schools in San Antonio and saw the impact standardized dress program had on the students.

According to Craig Middle School principal Dr. Daniel Dukes, the plan will help ensure safety and security.

"You can look around and be able to look and know who's in our building at all times," Dr. Dukes said. "Something like that is very important."

In addition, Dr. Dukes feel this will help socioeconomic differences seen in the student body.

"Middle school is a time where students feel the pressure to dress and look a certain way," adds Dr. Dukes. "We think it could be positive to even out the playing field."

Standardized dress code doesn't mean uniforms. According to Dr. Dukes, students aren't forced to look a certain style but are asked to wear specific types of clothing. That's why they're asking parents to attend the meetings for input and feedback.

The schedule for the informational meetings:
-Clack Middle School: Tuesday, November 19 5:30-6:30pm
-Mann Middle School: Tuesday, November 19 5:30-6:30pm
-Craig Middle School: Monday, December 9 6:30-7:30pm
-Madison Middle School: Monday, December 9 6:30-7:30 pm
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