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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The dress code is changing at Grand Rapids Public Schools. The district is implementing its new uniform policy.

For the 2013-2014 school year, elementary and K through 8 students are required to wear them. Middle-schoolers will start wearing uniforms for the 2014-2015 school year, followed by high-schoolers the following year.

GRPS officials want to make the transition as smooth as possible and have laid out exactly what parents and students need to know.

Officials say this switch to uniforms is actually aimed at helping take the guess-work out of clothes, cut down on distraction in the classroom, and could ultimately save families money.

“Just as parents would buy clothes for five days a week, normally, this is the new expectation so there are various support out there for families,” said John Helmholdt, Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs for GRPS.

The district has partnered with the Salvation Army on Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, Meijer Stores, Education Outfitters and Screen Ideas. But, parents aren’t limited to those stores. JC Penney, Old Navy and Goodwill are other suggestions, to name a few.

So, the thought of buying your child a whole new wardrobe shouldn’t seem too overwhelming.

“They know it actually saves families money in the long run, it has more focus during the school day on academics, fewer distractions based on what kids may be wearing,” said Helmholdt. “It is known nationally to have some reduction on bullying, those things where kids get picked on because of what they’re wearing.”

Principals will have a limited amount of support funds in case of an emergency. Schools will also have a closet with backup uniforms if a students doesn’t come to school prepared.

Click the link below for the GRPS Uniform Policy.

Uniform Policy_FAQs (3)

4 comments

  • Peter B

    The law guarantees a public school education for all children, free from interference.
    How can a law that requires students to wear uniforms in order to receive a public school education be constitutional? Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…just as long as you are wearing a blue shirt.

    • K-Dude

      You people and the love of that pesky document that keeps getting into the way of political ideas. Don't you realize elected officials are above that silly document??

  • maryann

    this saves me NO money, I could buy t shirts and jeans on clearance a few buck here and there, if you know how to shop, but now I have to buy horrid clothes for 20+ dollars each item and my kid doesn't even fit in normal sizes so its even harder, this is ridiculous.. I just spent over 6 hours shopping and found only 3 things that fit. very disappointed by this change to the schools.

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