BUFORD - Survey results are in from parents of Buford city schools students, and the results are pretty much what Board members expected to see.
With about a third of all parents responding, about two-thirds of Buford Academy and Buford Elementary school parents would like to see some sort of standardized dress code or full uniform. Parents of high schoolers, however, overwhelmingly prefer that the current (no uniform) policy stay in effect.
Students at the middle school already follow a standardized dress code, and according to principal Rachel Adams the results have been positive both academically and behaviorally.
"Every day you see more and more support for some type of standardized dress in schools," said Board of Education chairman Phillip Beard. "I'd like for this to stay an issue and deal with it next semester or next year."
Superintendent Geye Hamby added that "we will continue to discuss this with administration and parents and come up with a solution."
City schools to adopt
In response to House Bill 967, Buford school officials have designed a wellness plan intended to benefit both students and school employees. Under the plan, school lunches and available snacks must at least meet minimal nutritional guidelines with regard to sugar and fat content.
Physical activity is also addressed in the plan, with recess (for younger students) and physical education included for all students. Parent education with respect to nutrition and physical fitness will be offered to round out the approach to overall student fitness.
Boy Scouts of America
petition to enter schools
Representatives from the Northeast Georgia council of Boy Scouts of America asked Board members Monday night for minimal access to students for purposes of recruiting boys into their program.
Buford city schools has a closed-door policy with regard to any organization gaining access to students for any reason other than education, even if that organization is highly regarded.
The problem, according to Beard, is that the school system can not selectively allow certain groups access to students without allowing the same access to any and all other groups. Beard used the example of the Ku Klux Klan's demands years ago to be able to come into the schools to recruit and disseminate information to students.
"I have no problem with the Boy Scouts. I grew up in the Scouts," Beard said. "But we have worked very hard to build the facilities we have, and their sole purpose is for the education of the students."
Other board members expressed their desire to help the Boy Scouts organization get their information to students. Pat Pirkle suggested posting a sign or banner announcing a rally at an off-campus location, or handing out fliers to parents as they exit school property at the end of the school day.
Beard suggested the Boy Scouts representatives attend the September board meeting with some ideas for getting information to students and parents while board members do the same.
The two groups will share their ideas next month in an effort to protect the schools' policies as well as bring more male students into a positive extracurricular environment.