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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Orange Vest Controversy at PFHS

Several parents contacted me this week about the new policy at Pine Forest High School that requires students to wear orange vests when they are out of the classroom, like the ones pictured above.

Some parents were concerned about the potential transmission of lice and/or other hygiene issues.

Some parents thought making the students wear the vests was demeaning--almost prison-like.

Channel 3 did a piece, they spoke to me and asked my opinion and I told them I understood the parents concerns, but that I also understood the reasons for being able to allow teachers and administrators to quickly ascertain if a person in the hall belongs on campus; last year at PFHS, there was a trespassing issue where a former student came onto campus with a weapon.

See the huge facebook conversation on this subject here

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