Elementary school in Troup County introduces new school uniform policy

Elementary school in Troup County introduces new school uniform policy

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - There is a new look for students of Berta Weathersbee Elementary (BWES) in Troup County as they open for the new school year in August with school uniformed apparel.

BWES is the first school in Troup County that has taken a step to introduce uniforms. As a part of the decision-making process, the administration conducted a survey to gather the parent feedback which ultimately had thumbs up responses.

Principal Willie Cooks recognizes the great support from parents and addressed the concerns of the students to express their individuality. He will allow the students to have the opportunity to participate in Freedom Fridays where they will be able to wear non-uniform clothing.

Principal Willie Cooks notes that research and his own experience at schools with uniform policies:

  • style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;">Fosters school unity and improve the learning environment.
  • style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;">Reduces social pressures and level status differences.
  • style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;">Improves attendance and academic achievement.
  • style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;">Increases self-esteem and motivation.
  • style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;">Reduces behavior problems.
  • style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;">Saves money.

The uniform policy says students have three shirt colors to choose from including yellow, navy blue, and powder blue. Uniforms can be individualized with knee socks, bows, and fun belts. For specific uniform details visit the school's website here.

Uniforms can be purchased at any local stores that carry children's clothes such as Walmart, The Children's Place, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Old Navy.

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