Taking to the runway Saturday will be more than 60 Elyria Schools students who will show off examples of next school year’s new dress code in a fashion show at Midway Mall.
The idea for the fashion show started with a simple request from Amy Higgins, district spokeswoman, who wanted to photograph children in outfits that depict the look the district wants to see when school resumes in the fall. However, mall officials had a better idea. They rallied their stores to dress the kids for a “Back to School Fashion Show,” to started at 1 p.m. in the Macy’s wing of the mall.
The Elyria High School Pioneer Marching Band will perform before the show and during intermission.
“While the fashion show is sure to be a good time for all involved, it’s also an informative program about the new dress code and an opportunity for parents and students to have their questions answered, Higgins said.
The district is implementing a new dress code for all students in grades 6 to 12 starting with the 2011-2012 school year. The idea to put into practice a stricter dress code for students is to bring a more consistent style of school clothing, but something that is less restrictive than uniforms.
School officials thought khaki pants or skirts and collared shirts in solid colors was the way to go, but students said the dress code as too restrictive so the district came up with guidelines they hope everyone will be happy with next year.
A dress code video detailing the guidelines is available at www.elyriaschools.org.