Prosser school board moves on uniforms

By Ty Beaver, Tri-City HeraldOctober 20, 2012 

PROSSER -- Students in the Prosser School District are one step closer to having school uniforms at the beginning of the next school year.

School board members requested this week that district staff develop a policy regarding "standardized student attire" for consideration in the spring. Superintendent Ray Tolcacher said he will form a committee to draft a proposal for the board.

Tolcacher said the district conducted a parent survey and saw broad support for the district to move forward on drafting a policy.

"We had a lot of positive high school parents," he said.

The district has been seriously looking at instituting a school uniform policy since early this school year.

School officials and some parents have said the benefits of uniforms, including minimizing dress code violations and easing bullying, are reasons to implement them. A few other public schools in the Mid-Columbia and Yakima Valley have school uniforms and have reported positive results.

It's too soon to say what the policy would be or what grade levels it would affect. Those details will be developed by the committee, made up of district staff, parents and community members, with the school board having the final say.

Anyone interested in joining the committee should call the district at 509-786-3323 or by emailing Tolcacher at ray.

Committee meetings will be in the evenings, and Tolcacher said he hopes to have them going on soon.

"As soon as I get some responses from parents, I want to move ahead," he said.

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