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Uniforms make a difference for Pitt Co. students

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Students are getting ready to head back to class but school supplies aren't the only thing that is needed in the classroom. Uniforms are necessary in Pitt County and the school district says there has been a positive impact in schools since the rule was put in place in 2008.

Although statistics cannot be directly attributed to students wearing uniforms, in and out-of-school suspensions have decreased since the policy was instituted. The rule that allows little divergence from the crowd has focused most students on learning than on what they're wearing to class.

"Anything we can do to have students more focused on their education when they're in the classroom and the less distractions we can have the better," Pitt County Schools spokesman Brock Letchworth said. "The school uniform and appearance policy certainly eliminates some of those distractions that students may face."

Although there is no rule on where parents must purchase uniforms, it seems that most try to spend as little as possible on the staple school pieces. Pitt County Schools says this further eliminates the competition and bullying that may be associated with name brand comparisons. Logos and other attributes that set clothing a part may not be warn, according to the written policy.

The district is also working with families who may not be able to afford the required outfits. Social workers are given vouchers to distribute to students thanks to donations from the community. Students are also asked to help one another by reusing uniforms they may have outgrown.

"A lot of our schools have tried to raise awareness about if you outgrow your uniform, donate it back to the school," Letchworth said. "The colors are going to be the same so they can keep them in stock and maybe reuse them for students who face a hardship or maybe a kid comes to school one day and they're not aware that something is a violation of the uniform policy. It might provide them with something they can change in to that day to make sure they're compliant."

There are some changes to the policy that students and parents should be aware of. Denim is no longer permitted, no matter the color or style and under certain circumstances students may be allowed to wear coats and sweatshirts depending on the weather and if a classroom is particularly chilly.

To look over the complete Uniform and Appearance Policy or donate to a child in need of a uniform, click here.

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