Should D161 Schools Adopt Uniforms for Its Students?

Summit Hill School District's board president wants to ask parents how they feel about a uniform policy. Do you think such a policy would be a good idea?

School uniforms isn't a new topic of discussion for schools. But it's a rare thing for students to intiate the conversation.

At last week's meeting, Board President Mary Kenny asked for a question about school uniforms be added to an upcoming parents survey. The impetus for this, she said, came after a Hlida Walker School student told Kenny and Interim Superintendint Barb Rains that uniforms would be a good thing.


"She said, 'Can we please have school uniforms? I am so tired of people criticizing other people because of the clothing they're wearing,' " Kenny said. "So I feel that it's a very valid question to be put on (the survey). And it's directed from a student."

Private schools are no strangers to uniform policies, but the idea has always been a hot-button topic when it comes to public shool systems. Would school uniforms be a good idea for D161? Or would the district be overstepping its bounds?

Bern October 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM
There is a ton of research to support uniforms. It is very beneficial especially for the female students! ALL FOR IT :)
Heather Jay October 17, 2011 at 03:30 PM
I am sick and tired of schools trying to make everyone equal and sheltering kids the from real world. Its a fact of life that in the real world you get judged by your personal appearance every day. How you dress and take care of yourself says a lot about you, especially in a professional setting. Kids need to learn this now. Not to mention in this economy who can afford a separate wardrobe of clothes for their kids just for school?
Hugo G October 17, 2011 at 07:05 PM
I think uniforms would actually cost much less then having to buy expensive trendy clothing. I want my children to learn math, reading and history in grade school. Not about judging kids by their appearance. I think uniforms would be great a idea! A nice polo shirt and cotton slacks would be very nice. Plus sure would save lots of time deciding what to wear each day!
taxpayer October 17, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I feel that children should not judge another by the clothes they wear, their weight, type of shoes, etc. Your comment makes it sound OK that kids are judged by their appearance. You might be suprised to find that kids that don't wear the same clothes as yours are decent kids. These kids will find out soon enough how cruel this world can be, why the rush to teach children to judge on another based on appearance. Kids should be more concerned about learning and not what kind of clothes their parents put on their backs.
Kerri U October 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM
As a parent of a daughter at Hilda Walker, I would support a uniform policy. I believe it would save me a few hundred a year since she wouldn't need such an extensive wardrobe. Not all parents incomes are created equal where all kids can have the best clothes and no child deserves to get picked on for that!
john bruno October 18, 2011 at 09:54 AM
Good idea, especially in these trying times.
Nature Lover October 18, 2011 at 02:05 PM
If this one child wants to wear a uniform, let him/her do so. The same goes for every other parent out there who wants to let their kids wear a uniform. Don't let me stop you. However, don't decide for me what my kids should wear to their public school.
I love Frankfort! October 20, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Uniform wearing supports higher self esteem, self confidence,and respect amongst peers. It would save households hundreds of dollars a year in clothing expenses. As a private and public school teacher and parent, uniforms promote students being fair with what they wear, but not equal in their abilities, and that is what we want to focus upon. Bring on the uniforms!
Nature Lover October 21, 2011 at 01:20 PM
A new hairstyle can raise a person's self-esteem, self-confidence and respect among peers also. What's next, proposing that students have the same hairstyle to improve their focus on grades?
Heather Jay October 21, 2011 at 02:55 PM
I fail to see how buying a whole second wardrobe is going to save families hundreds of dollars. There are lots of parents who buy modest wardrobes for their students, and not expensive name brands. I see this at my daughters school as the kids exit. We would still have to buy our kids these clothes for after school, weekends, and the summer, but then on top of it buy them special clothes (the uniforms) to wear to school? That is not saving money. If I wanted my daughter to be a mindless drone that looks like everyone else I would send her to a private school that dictates exactly what the uniforms and appearance are. Kids need to learn now how to deal with the fact that they will be judged all through their life on their appearance. I dont care if you like it or not, that is the facts of the real world. By sheltering kids from this fact you are not preparing them for life as an adult. If wearing uniforms will help the children, why not make all adults wear uniforms too so no one gets made fun of or looked down on for the way they dress? Lets make everyone absolutely the same and kill all sense of individualism so that it can be a care-bear world where everyone is equal.
informed October 21, 2011 at 06:31 PM
I love what Jenny Arrivo has to say regarding uniforms.....kudos to Jenny, thank you for speaking up. After reading your POSITIVE comment, I totally agree with you, Bring on the uniforms!!!! I think it's a great idea.


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