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 Mr. Daniel J. 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.
Please visit pths209.org
and follow the links to the preliminary draft student uniform policy and a short survey, the results of which will be used to modify the proposed policy for final consideration by the Board of Education.