Hayes Cooper students to wear uniforms
by Courtney Warren
Apr 10, 2014 | 2832 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The decision to implement uniforms at Hayes Cooper Center was made at the Cleveland School District Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

Beginning in the fall, HCC will go to uniforms and Principal Renee LaMastus is looking forward to the change.

"There was some general interest in uniforms and I had some parents approach me and ask if it was something I would ever consider so the Booster Club put out a survey about uniforms."

LaMastus explained the survey was targeted towards parents' feelings about uniforms and would they support the school making the change.

Not many surveys were filled out and returned but the interest they showed caused LaMastus to put out a second survey that asked simply, yes or no to uniforms.

"I put out another survey that just asked yes or no for uniforms and the results were 191 for and 166 against," she said.

While the numbers were close, the school board went with the vote and ruled yes to uniforms at HCC.

LaMastus said while she knows uniforms won't cause any sort of increase in test scores; she believes it will cut back on bullying and loss of instructional time.

"We’ve had a lot of issues with dress code and spending a lot of instructional time on dress code. Kids are pulled out because of dress code violations and then spend time waiting for their parents to come get them … they lose class time," she said.

LaMastus added, "What's interesting is that the bullying incidents have a lot to do with outward appearance. This will be a way to level the playing field and be more unified."

To choose what the uniforms will look like LaMastus has formed a committee of teachers on staff, that are also parents, who will look into different options.

LaMastus said they would look at flexibility and variety in a uniformed look.

The committee is also discussing different local vendors that could sell the uniforms as well as have a designated day at the school for a company to sell uniforms.