Back to school: Asbury Park students required to wear a uniform for 1st time in 12 years
Today was the first day of school for students in Asbury Park, and it's also the first time in 12 years students were required to wear a school uniform.
School uniforms made students and parents smile at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School. There were a few who didn't follow the rules, but the district has a plan.
“It's going to bridge constancy amongst all of our students. Give a sense of inclusiveness,” says Principal Dr. Lauren Schulze.
Shulze helped pick out the uniforms last year.
“Each principal actually sat with committee members and were able to ask the students what color shirt you would want for your uniform,” says Schulze. "What color pants? And that's how we came to the consensus for elementary school.”
Columbia blue top with navy bottoms for pre-K through third grade students. Upper elementary grades 4-6 must wear a black top with khaki bottoms. Middle school grades 7-8 wear a white top with khaki bottoms. High school students have a Columbia blue top with khaki bottoms.
The school district says this will improve the culture of the district.