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Uniforms a hit at Kings Beach Elementary

It was out with the old and in with the blue Tuesday as Kings Beach Elementary students started the school year in brand new uniforms.

“You can see that the kids are taking it serious,” said teacher Enelda Delfin-Otero. “They have this pride, and they all look great. I think that they are all feeling good about themselves.”

The wardrobe change came after principal Eileen Fahrner sent out more than 380 surveys to parents in the spring to gauge support of the proposal. More than 220 surveys were returned with a 93-percent approval rate.

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board then approved the uniform plan, but not before adding a caveat that parents can opt-out for religious beliefs.

“The kids seem to have a very calm acceptance,” Fahrner said.

Research from the California Department of Education shows that school uniforms cut down on vandalism and school crime in general, increases school spirit and students achieve higher test scores.

“I think it’s going to help out school,” said fifth-grade student Alex Tyler. “My mom said that my grades will go up because I will focus more.”

“I like the colors and we don’t have to pick out clothes for the day that’s coming up,” said fifth-grader Celeste Sanchez. “It’s nice to see people the same way.”

There is a new uniform policy at Kings Beach Elementary this year. Students there will now be wearing:

– Navy blue pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers

– White polo or dress shirts

– Baby blue polo or dress shirts

– Navy or White sweaters

– KBE sweatshirts

– Black, white or navy shoes

– Navy or white tights or socks

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