Detroit officials consider cracking down on student appearance with strict dress codes
DETROIT -- City schools are contemplating cracking down on student appearance with a strict districtwide dress code that would require students to cinch their belts, lengthen their skirts and take out those nose rings.
Detroit Public Schools leaders have circulated a proposal to require specific colors for shirts and slacks: white, blue, black, yellow or pink tops paired with khaki, navy blue or black pants. Hats, clothing with logos, and hooded jackets would be out. Knee-length skirts and collared shirts or turtlenecks would be in.
Facial jewelry and visible body piercings, including tongues, wouldn't be allowed, although it is unclear whether the ban would apply to ear piercings.
Although the plan has yet to be taken to the board for approval and could change, a new dress code could take effect as early as next fall for the district's 129,000 students, administrators say.