A solid-color education

Enforcing a dress code is complex: Pith in the Wind reprints a Nashville school district memo on SSA (standard school attire). Basically, students are supposed to wear solid-color clothing, tuck in shirts and wear belts.

To widen your fashion knowledge, piping is a cord-like trim sewn into the seam of clothing, often on collars. The piping can be the same color as the cloth, but it’s often a contrasting color for decorative purposes.

Piping is certainly allowed, just like embroidery, but it must be the same color as the garment. In other words, solid color means solid color …

Socks … are to be treated like neckties, with no restriction on color or appropriate designs.

Kindergarten and first graders who can’t handle belt buckles are exempt from the belt policy, and principals are urged to provide rope to beltless students to avoid in-school suspension.

Students may dye their hair any color unless the hair color is “disruptive to the school environment.”

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  1. When I was in high school, late ’60s, the really cool black dudes wore what were known as pimp suits. They were solid color, usually lime green, but the fabric was textured, and the trim – piping, lapels and godets – were the same color but shiny satin. Think that would pass?

  2. Elizabeth says:

    not unless it was that schools color — live in Nashville — this policy sucks — the kids look nice, sure but the principals and admin are changing the policy daily. it should have been piloted then tweaked, refined and rolled out district wide. instead it was crammed down the throats of those of us who did not want it. we are at or past a tipping point — this may be the final blow — we will see…

  3. The SSA policy has become a moving target.

    Metro needs to live with whatever they published PRIOR to the beginning of the school year, and wait until next spring to make any changes, if they need to do so.

    Also, a big black star goes to Kimber Halliburton, the principal at Bellevue Middle, who has been so overzealous in enforcing the uniform code that she’s accomplished exactly what SSA was supposed to correct: To place the focus on what kids are wearing (since many, according to Metro, were dressing in a “distracting manner” before SSA) rather than placing it on what they’re learning (and whether they’re learning, since Metro has far too many failing schools).

    What’s more distracting that being pulled out of class because the principal says your pants are dark gray when they looked black to you and your mother? What’s more distracting that sitting in the principal’s office for two hours because your pants had flat pockets on the leg (NOT cargo pockets, which are prohibited)?

    Enough, already. Will common sense ever prevail?