Title: William Kritsonis, School Law, Ch 9 Dress and Grooming
1 Student Dress and Grooming
William Allan Kritsonis PhD
2 Research Subject
Student Uniforms and Grooming
1987 Cherry Hill Elementary made history when it became the first public school to adopt uniforms.
1996 State of the Union Address by President William Clinton which he strongly recommended uniforms as one way to keep schools safe.
5 School Uniforms
Increase school safety
Financial benefits for parents
Reduce visible economic differences
No confirmed effect on safety and violence
No bearing on academic achievement
May mask risky behaviors (gang participation)
Violates students rights to free expression
6 Student Grooming
Hairstyles must pose no disruption to the learning environment
Good clean hygiene
Neatness and order are paramount
7 Legal Issues
Parents and School Tangle Over Waldorf Tots LocksBoy 3 Suspended From Private Academy
By Megan GreenwellWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday November 24 2007 B01
Research has shown that the implementation of school uniforms has no direct effect on school safety or performance. What is most often visible is a sense of order. A school that has a uniform policy is no safer than one that does not have a uniform policy and student performance ahs been linked to parental involvement not uniform mandates.
Grooming policies often thwart radical behavior and disruption to the learning environment and are therefore believed to be beneficial all be it sometimes controversial.
Baltimore City Public School System
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
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