YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Since school resumed in January at Washington Middle School in Yakima, students have been following a dress code that requires them to stick to three colors: white, gray or black.
Principal Dave Chaplin said the "Dress for Success" policy has improved the safety climate and reduced outside influences.
He told the Yakima Herald-Republic the dress code also "levels the playing field" for students from different social and economic backgrounds.
Nearly 96 percent of the 700 students qualify for free or reduced meals. More than a third are bilingual students and a third also are migrants.
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