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Bryant students will don uniforms come fall

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Bryant Intermediate students will sport school uniforms next fall.

Following two elections and a telephone survey, a majority of parents has given uniforms a thumbs up, making Bryant the first middle-level school in the Salt Lake City School District to implement a uniform dress code."We are very excited and we are inviting all of the community and all of the students to get behind this and to participate in something we consider to be really ground-breaking," said Judy Eror, Bryant PTA president-elect.

Votes tallied Monday totaled 53 percent for uniforms and 44 percent for a modified dress code banning short-shorts, sleeveless tops, thong sandals and sagging clothes, said Joel Briscoe, chairman of the 15-member committee of parents, teachers and students that drafted the proposal.

Three percent voted for neither. Of 562 parents, 364 voted by phone, mail-in ballot or at the polls set up at the school, Briscoe said.

Approved clothing includes tan, navy or black slacks, long shorts or skirts and solid-colored red, white or navy shirts. Clothing cannot carry visible labels. Students determined colors in a vote Tuesday.

Parents not wanting to students in uniforms may request a waiver from the school district.

About 3 percent to 5 percent of parents voting said they wanted children to be able to wear what they want, Briscoe said.

Some ballots on the uniform issue were returned with remarks; some called the proposal "un-American."

Two years ago Nibley Park Elementary became the state's first public school to implement school uniforms.

Franklin Elementary requires students dress in school colors. Jackson Elementary has adopted a standardized dress code for next year. Glendale Middle School will survey parents on the issue next year.

North Layton Junior High in the Davis School District last February became the state's first middle-level school to approve uniforms.