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Shelby County: Schools can set uniform policies on their own next year; no changes yet

Kyle Kurlick for Chalkbeat

Wondering whether you’ll need to go shopping for a new school uniform or set of outfits for next school year?

Wonder no longer; As of June, no Shelby County schools plan to make changes to their dress codes, according to district spokespeople.

In the 2013-14 school year, the first after a historic merger between the suburban Shelby County district and legacy Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools let schools from each legacy district keep the uniform policies they had used before the merger. This year, any individual school could plan to change their dress code according with policies.

But according to district officials, no schools have applied for the change. That means most legacy Memphis City Schools students will still wear uniforms that are in compliance with the district’s “standardized dress code,” while students in schools that were part of the legacy Shelby County Schools district will generally abide by a slightly less stringent dress code.

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