School board rejects mandatory uniforms for St. Tammany schools

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - Dozens of students and parents turned out in Covington Thursday night to speak out against a new mandatory school uniform policy, and their voices were heard.

The 15-member school board rejected recommendations made by a subcommittee last week. Those recommendations called for mandatory uniforms at all 55 St. Tammany schools. Not a single parent or student spoke in favor of the idea.

"My issue is not khakis and polos, it's perspective. Forty-five percent of our students are on reduced lunch programs. If parents can't buy their kids meals, how can they buy new clothes?" asked student Olivia Christopher.

In a separate matter, the board voted to implement other new security measures, including officers and mental health counselors at every school. They are also looking at installing perimeter fences in some cases. That's expected to cost around $4 million.

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