Current Status Bill Number:
3200Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19970114Primary Sponsor: J. BrownAll Sponsors: J. BrownDrafted Document Number: jic\5203sd.97Residing Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Education and Public Works Committee 21 HEPWSubject: School district trustees, school uniform or uniform dress code policy
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19970114 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to Committee House 19970108 Prefiled, referred to Committee 21 HEPWView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND SECTION 59-19-90, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO POWERS AND DUTIES OF SCHOOL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE A BOARD TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING A SCHOOL UNIFORM OR UNIFORM DRESS CODE POLICY WITHIN ITS DISTRICT.
Whereas, the children of this State have the right to attend safe and secure schools where the focus is on academics; and
Whereas, apparel can be, and is, used to reflect gang affiliation and to send other negative messages; and
Whereas, many educators believe that school dress can influence pupil behavior; and
Whereas, public schools which have adopted uniform dress report a more disciplined atmosphere. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-19-90 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding a new appropriately numbered item to read:
"( ) Promulgate regulations to establish a school uniform or uniform dress code policy. Be empowered to promulgate regulations by which elementary, junior, and middle schools within the district may adopt a school uniform or uniform dress code policy. Prior to a school establishing a dress code that requires every student to wear uniform dress, the specific uniform dress must be determined in consultation with the School Improvement Council and the parents of the students attending that school. The policy must not be implemented with less than three months notice to parents and unless a method for assisting students who cannot afford to purchase the uniforms or uniform dress is initiated."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.