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November 18, 2013

FOREST PARK | Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is exploring a new
student uniform policy that would go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. The District
is seeking input from students, parents, faculty, staff members, and other members of
the community.
   
A committee of administrators, faculty, staff members, and students from Proviso East
High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy has
been meeting since the beginning of the current school year to iron out details for the
proposed policy. Under the preliminary proposed policy, students would wear a
long-sleeved or short-sleeved black, white, or school-colored knit polo shirt without
logos with plain khaki shorts or trousers when school is in session.
   
"The education of students has been, is, and always will be the number one priority of
this District," said Daniel Adams, president of the Board of Education. "Under this
policy, we are creating an environment that will be more conducive to learning and
remove many of the distractions that can interfere with that learning process. We are
confident that students wearing uniforms will help produce a better environment for
learning and teaching."
   
The policy does provide exceptions for students enrolled in Navy Junior Reserve
Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) classes, exceptions on designated dress-up or
jersey days for student-athletes, and exceptions on days selected by building
administrators to build school spirit such as Homecoming Week.
   
To determine the final policy, input from students, parents, faculty, staff members, and
other members of the community is being sought now through December 19. The
Board of Education will be presented a final policy for consideration in January.
   
WSJ readers' can visit
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TSTSWS2 to take a short
survey, the results of which will be used to modify the proposed policy for final
consideration by the Board of Education.
District 209 seeks feedback for proposed
student uniform policy