But not everyone on the task force supports the idea of a uniform policy.
Huyen Nguyen, a junior at Northwest Classen High School, was the only student on the committee. She voted against the recommendation.
Nguyen's school doesn't require uniforms but adheres to the district dress code, which she said is necessary.
“Without it, a lot of things would get out of control,” she said.
She said uniforms are fine for younger students, but most high school students know how to dress within the rules. Those who don't need to practice when they're in a school setting — not when they could lose a job because of it.
And in a structured environment like a school, clothing is one of the ways students find room to be unique, said Nguyen, wearing a trendy fall sweater and black leggings. Uniforms would curtail that creativity.
“It's hard to express yourself,” Nguyen said.
Nguyen's principal, Brad Herzer, has worked at schools with and without uniforms.
Herzer was also on the task force, and he voted against the uniform recommendation. At Northwest Classen, he said the dress code works. The students are well-behaved and work hard. Requiring uniforms won't change that, he said.
“I just don't think it's necessary,” he said. “ ... The stuff they wear is in dress code. We don't have issues.”
But he said he sees the pros and cons of the issue.
Uniforms could improve school safety by helping adults distinguish between students and nonstudents, Herzer said.
The school is secure during the day, but nonstudents sometimes come into the parking lot after school. For example, a former student tried to start a fight with current students one afternoon this fall.
But for day-to-day discipline problems, he said he doesn't draw the line between uniform and nonuniform schools.
“I don't see a lot of difference,” he said. “I don't know that it improves discipline.”
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