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QUESTION: constitutionality of school uniforms in public schools

question / pregunta: 

Our local public school will be enforcing a mandatory "Campus Wear" uniform policy this year, for grades 7-12. The restrictions include socks and undershits (solid color socks and white t-shirt, no muscle undershirts). No embellishments are permitted. The size, color, length, style (no patch pockets, must have belt loops) and even the type of fabric are dictated for the pants. If a student fails to obide by the new restrictions, they will be sent home to change into the full uniform (including a mandatory black or brown belt of not excessive length, and receive an unexcused absence (F for the day). Since when can a public school deny a minor their education based on what they wear? How is it the school's authority to dress our young adults? What about skirts? How can the idea of "professional appearance" equal polo shirts and khaki pants? This sounds like Walmart clothes, not Lawyers attire. Is it constitutionally legal for a public school to restrict the clothing of a student (right down to their underwear) and do they have the authority to deny them an education based on their compliance? SEE this policy site: http://www.sandusky-city.k12.oh.us/docs/229_3_22_2007Dress%20Code.pdf -a concerned parent from Sandusky Ohio

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