East Stroudsburg, Monroe County – The East Stroudsburg and Pocono Mountain School districts in Monroe County started uniform dress code policies this year. That does not mean that students must wear uniforms. It means students, must follow strict dress-code guidelines.
Joshua Diaz didn’t have to think much about what to wear for the first day at East Stroudsburg High School. He knew he would be wearing khakis and a polo shirt. "I think it's actually better because no one has to worry about every body being different. Like, everybody could afford it. It's more easy,” he said.
Students in the East Stroudsburg district can wear collared shirts or dresses. They can’t wear jeans. Senior Micah Kemmerer said, "It kind of brings a little bit more of a sense of establishment to the school and to the community."
The Pocono Mountain policy has more rules, including limited color options. Swiftwater Intermediate School Principal Kristine Kunsman said it is going well. She noted, "Day one is very exciting. As the kids got off the bus we were pleasantly surprised to see probably 98 to 99 percent of the students all ready for school in the standardized dress attire."
The few students who weren’t dressed properly got reminders about the new policy. Kunsman thinks within a few days everyone will know what is expected and she doesn’t anticipate any problems. "To us it was a big success,” she said.
Both East Stroudsburg and Pocono Mountain will have clothing closets available for students who cannot afford clothes for the new policy.