“While we will continue to have high expectations for appropriate dress for all students, we will not spend time on enforcing uniforms (e.g. uniform styles or colors) at the high school level,” Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Morcease J. Beasley said. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Clayton Schools: No uniforms for most high school students

The Clayton County Board of Education voted Monday to eliminate uniforms for high school students as part of its dress code requirement.

Students in magnet and School Choice programs will continue wearing uniforms, officials said.

The revision includes expectations for how students should dress, prohibiting ripped jeans, flip-flops, headgear not worn for religious reasons, and other items that could conceal contraband or deemed disruptive.

“It’s time for our principals, teachers and students to put a laser-like focus on the actions that really  count toward preparing students to be college and career ready” Superintendent Morcease J. Beasley said. “While we will  continue to have high expectations for appropriate dress for all students, we will not spend time on enforcing uniforms at the high school level.” 

District officials said they could return to a uniform for high school students if academic performance does not continue to improve.

District officials also approved new start times for middle schools and high schools. For the 2019-2020 school year, middle school will begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m. High school will begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.

Middle schools students currently report for their first class at 8:15 a.m. and end the day at 3:10 p.m. High school students report at 8:50 a.m., ending the day at 4 p.m.

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