Retire Uniforms from Volusia County Schools

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Last year, school uniforms were introduced in the Volusia County School District. Since then, several students have expressed their aversion toward these restrictive outfits, as we feel they limit our ability to express ourselves and have a negative impact on our education, and day-to-day lives.

Students have the constitutional right to freedom of expression. Clothing choices are "a crucial form of self-expression," according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, which also stated that "allowing students to choose their clothing is an empowering message from the schools that a student is a maturing person who is entitled to the most basic self-determination." Students can hardly express themselves through shoes or hair, especially since Volusia County has banned colored hair in elementary and middle schools.

In the official Volusia County Student Dress And Uniform Code Policy, it is stated that "The Board finds that school uniforms promote the safety and welfare of students and employees. The Board further finds that uniforms promote an environment that enhances learning and safety," However, studies have shown that school uniforms have no impact on attendance or exam results, and actually have been shown to have negative affects on academic achievement and increase levels of bullying and general violence in school settings.

In conclusion, school uniforms may not be bringing us the advantages that you believe they will, and the students of Volusia County believe it would be in your best interest to let us express ourselves through our clothing.

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