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Dress code policies decided for 2013-2014 school year

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If your child goes to a former school within Memphis City Schools, they will continue to wear uniforms. If your child goes to a former school within Memphis City Schools, they will continue to wear uniforms.
Shelby County Schools students will continue to not wear uniforms. Shelby County Schools students will continue to not wear uniforms.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Parents and students are reacting to the dress code policy for Shelby County Schools.

If your child goes to a former school within Memphis City Schools, they will continue to wear uniforms.

Shelby County Schools students will continue to not wear uniforms.

"It's a lot of hate in schools from different clothes. They either judge it or get to fighting over it," said MCS parent Jasper Herron.

"I don't think uniforms are that important. I think the important thing is what kids are learning in school, what the teachers are teaching and how they're grasping what they're being taught," added MCS grandparent William Moss.

But like it or not, the dress code at your child's school will stay the same for another year.

"I think it's a decision parents could make," Moss continued.

In a committee meeting Monday, the Memphis and Shelby County unified school board voted leaving the current dress code policy in place for the 2013-2014 school year.

That means all former Memphis City Schools will stay with uniforms while Shelby County Schools stick with a more relaxed dress code.

"Rules and regulations, you gotta have that, but just to say you gotta wear blue or black, maybe not," said Moss.

While there was discussion to use Shelby County School's dress code in all schools next year, the board committee voted otherwise.

That means schools that want to change their existing dress code policy have until this time next year to do so.

Those changes must be approved by the unified school system's administration.

But parents like Jasper Herron feel things should be left alone.

"It's frustrating trying to find clothes they like and they won't get judged from so uniforms go good for me," Herron said.

The full 23 member unified school board will meet Tuesday night and they will more than likely be asked to approve a process for possible dress code changes starting in the 2014 school year.

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