Uniformity: SHS students give us a look -- and their opinions

SANDUSKY In a few short weeks, Sandusky students are going to be seeing a lot of navy blue and white. The district's n
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



In a few short weeks, Sandusky students are going to be seeing a lot of navy blue and white.

The district's new uniform policy for junior high and high school students will go into effect on the first day of school, Aug. 28.

In the meantime, parents and students are looking for the best place to buy the uniforms, and stores are working to keep them in stock.

The Campus Wear dress code consists primarily of a white or navy polo shirt paired with khaki or navy pants. Students can also wear Oxford-style button down shirts, and girls can wear capris. Shorts can be worn, but cannot be above the knee.

The many options and specifics to the dress code can be found online at sanduskyregister.com.

Some students have already purchased their uniforms and said the uniforms can be found at many different stores, though there were some hindrances.

"It wasn't hard for me," said Lena Camella, 17. "All my polos are from the Meijers boys department."

Lena estimates she spent $25 for one full uniform set.

Jarvis Cole-Caston, 17, said shopping for the uniform was slower than shopping for regular clothes. Since so many people are looking for the same thing, he said some sizes were difficult to find.

Jarvis, an incoming senior at Sandusky High School, said many students have their doubts about the uniforms, but he thinks they are good preparation for the real world.

"A lot of people think it's preppy, but in actual real life, it's how you have to dress anyway," he said.

He added that wearing the uniform during the week leaves more outfits for the weekend.

Jarvis estimates he spent $20 on a uniform set, but had most of the clothing already.

Sandusky High School teacher Susan Sackett spearheaded the initiative to develop the uniform policy and said while they want the students in uniform, students are allowed to keep some individuality.

"We did not restrict the color or style of the shoes they can wear," she said.

Shoes can't be open-toed, flip-flips or slippers, but other than that, students have free rein.

Corey Gilbert, 18, is trying to look on the bright side of uniforms.

"The best part is not having to decide what the heck to wear," he said. "It'll grow on them. It has to."