Students, parents prepare for new school dress code


Aug. 13, 2010 at 3:13 a.m.

Vincent Aldana, 15, a Victoria West High School sophomore showed up for registration in a long-sleeved, button-down shirt and slacks.

School administrators thumbed through the student code of conduct and questioned whether he was in dress code.

"We want to make sure," said Barbara Skipper, a theatre teacher who checked students at the door for their dress. "There's always a little technicality with something."

The new school district dress code calls for only solid colored shirts, which may be polo shirts, oxfords or blouses, which must stay tucked in, belts with all pants and shorts, and no flip-flops, among other restrictions.

Vincent, who wears dress shirts and slacks every day, has no problem with this. "I think it's actually going to be better for some of the kids," Vincent said. "It instills a better sense of confidence in some of the kids."

Some students believe the new code is inconvenient and will cost students more money.

"It feels like I'm at a private school," said Matthew Hernandez, a Victoria West High School senior. Matthew said he'll have to buy a new wardrobe and is planning to do most of his shopping for the solid-colored polo shirts online. It doesn't really matter what they look like, he said.

"There was one that was lime green and there was one that was purple," he said. "I don't really care."

Parents who are concerned about the code are worried about the extra cost.

"Some people can afford it and some people can't," said Maria Aguayo, who has a daughter in high school.

Students and parents said they'd spend anywhere from $200 to $500 on new school clothes to make the transition.

"I have a closet full of clothes, and I can't even wear them," said Bethany Reyes, a senior at Victoria West High School.

Students can wear T-shirts, so long as it promotes school spirit, and all VISD logos are allowed.

Some students are using the code as a chance to get creative.

"You bling the shirt and it's all good," said Kayla Rozas, a Victoria East High School sophomore who will be making her own school spirit shirts.

Students are unsure if the code will be enforced through the first week, but Vincent believes overall the change is good.

"Some kids are used to worrying about designer clothes, but polos are polos," he said.



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