February 27, 2015 - 7:29 PM
KAMLOOPS - More Catholic students are getting uniforms after St. Ann’s Academy decided to forgo stricter dress codes and stick with the Catholic School standard of uniforms for all its students.
In a letter to parents last week, the school council said the decision to phase in uniform requirements for the secondary school students was finally made after nearly two years of consultations. Another 18 months of consultations will be needed to decide on the style of the uniforms.
The decision comes after an initial draft of the dress code proposed things such as no tie dye, no ‘bling’, no ‘whacky’ hair and requiring girls to perform ‘mirror-tests’ before coming to school to make sure their chest area is not easily revealed.
Grades 1 to 7 students already are required to wear uniforms. Starting in the 2016/2017 school year, Grade 8 students will also be required wear uniforms, with a grade added to the uniform requirement every year until all students are wearing uniforms, which will be achieved by 2021.
Students already in secondary school will not be required to wear uniforms, they will instead see an amendment to the current dress code.
The council says modesty, choice, enforcement, cost, freedom of expression, school spirit, student safety and preparation for life after graduation were the issues considered in making the decision.
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