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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - It seems school dress codes and uniforms are becoming a fashion trend in West Michigan.



The Wyoming School District just cut out, what was, well, already "cut out" of shirts.



Clothing must now have sleeves, and necklines can only be three closed fingers away from the base of the neck.



Grand Rapids School Board President Senita Lenear wants to go even further.



She'd like to see uniforms for all 18,000 students, shoes included, by next fall.



"Head to toe, absolutely," she said.



The topic has been on the GRPS radar for the past few years, but Lenear brought up the topic again at a brainstorming session last month. She says she's received a lot of feedback since.



"I have heard from countless parents, and just community members in general, that yes, definitely we need uniforms across the district," she said.



"And I have to tell you, LeBron James' new tennis shoes coming out this week, and the cost of those tennis shoes, actually just highlighted for me even more that this is the time to do something like uniforms across the district because we don't want students competing."



Uniforms are in nine GRPS schools now, including Dickinson Elementary, where Jim and Joy Pickens' son goes to school.



"We should do a whole uniform structure, down to the shoes," Joy told Lenear.



Lenear agreed. "Because now I walk in, and you don't know what's going on in my house, and I don't know what's going on in your house.



Joy Pickens wants all GRPS schools to get on board, so she can shield her son from baggy pants.



"I don't want to see that, it's an eyesore, and my son does not need to grow up with that type of environment," she said.



"Pull your pants up, right, pull your pants up and look professional."



At West Catholic, principal Cindy Kneibel replaced a dress code of polo shirts with uniforms six years ago, because she was always writing detention.



"No matter what the girls did, and I had two daughters in the school at the time, it was very difficult to keep their stomachs from showing just because the way the styles had developed," said Kneibel



Students Jackie Wilson and Eric Ball say they have no problem with oxfords and sweater vests.



"It's every indecisive girl's dream to wear a uniform," said Wilson.



"It probably makes us look very professional," said Ball.



Professional is what the Pickens are going for; Joy says that should start in kindergarten.



"A navy blue shirt or something like that. I think you look jazzy, how do you think you look?"



"I look good," said her son.



Lenear says if all goes as she'd like it, uniforms will start next year in all the elementary and middle schools, and by the time those students reach high school, the entire district will be on par.

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