hot-topic rightStudents in the two-school Red Bank school district will be required to wear similar clothing, but not uniforms, starting in October, the Asbury Park Press reports.

The policy stops short of mandating identical outfits of the kind worn in parochial schools.

From the Press:

The borough school board unanimously approved a uniform dress and grooming policy Tuesday that stops short of mandating traditional school uniforms for students, but requires khaki pants, skirts or jumpers and polo shirts for students. The law requires parents to be notified 90 days before the policy takes effect on Oct. 21.

But officials expect to see some students wearing the new uniform look when school starts in September, Schools Superintendent Laura C. Morana said.

“Many families asked if they can begin in September and we said yes,” Morana said.

Parents will receive letters detailing the new policy. The letters are scheduled to be
mailed on Monday, she said.

Parents were part of the debate when the idea was put forward by the district’s school-improvement team, which includes parents and teachers. The idea initially was discussed by the school board in May, when it agreed to have a policy drafted.