WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Clothes do make a difference – that’s what the Washington School District believes and if administrators get their way, students will be dressing a lot differently next school year.

Like it or not, the district wants to change the way students dress for class.

Superintendent Dr. Roberta DiLorenzo wants to implement the plan by next school year. It calls for no blue jeans, cutoffs and track suits or athletic shorts and skirts will have to be a certain length.

The superintendent says the district is constantly looking improve its educational climate, adding the way a student looks often affects the way they act and how they value where they are.

Most students who spoke to KDKA’s Brenda Waters are opposed to the dress code. Tenth grader Elias Stebbins says he doesn’t like the plan, adding what’s the point of it being a public school and went on to ask how a student dresses affects their test scores or self-esteem.

This isn’t a done deal yet. The school district is providing electronic surveys to parents and teachers and there is a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school with school board.

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