May 30, 2014

Central Peel Secondary School pilots school uniform during 2014-15 school year

Exemption to board policy allows mandatory uniform

Central Peel Secondary School will pilot a mandatory school uniform for all students in grades 9 to 12, starting in September 2014. A recent survey conducted by school staff found that more than 75 per cent of families—80 per cent of those voting—support a school uniform at Central Peel.

In 2012, the Peel District School Board conducted research into factors that affect secondary school choice.

“One of the things we heard from families and students was that school uniforms would be welcome at the secondary level,” says Brian Woodland, director of communications and community relations. “For many parents, school uniforms level the playing field for students and enhance school pride and spirit. We’re glad the board approved the exemption to the policy so we can pilot this program in 2014-15 at Central Peel. We will use the information from the pilot to inform revisions to our uniform policy.”

As of September 2014, all Central Peel students will be required to wear a uniform to school every day.

Notes Woodland, “This is a ‘made-in-Central Peel uniform’—much more affordable, and easier to implement and enforce than the full uniform that some have chosen to put in place. Essentially the top—golf shirt, sweatshirt—will be crested and mandatory, but all that is defined in the pants etc. is a standard colour.”

During the next few weeks, Central Peel staff will consult with students and parents on school council as they jointly determine the uniform’s design, cost, implementation and enforcement.

Notes Lawrence deMaeyer, principal at Central Peel, “We will do everything we can to ensure costs are affordable and accessible for the families we serve.”

The Peel board’s purchasing department is currently working with possible vendors to help keep uniform costs down. The school will also have a clear, defined process for parents who cannot afford the shirts.

Students sign a contract agreeing to wear a uniform. If families do not wish to have their teens wear a uniform to school, students will have the option of attending an alternate school—Heart Lake Secondary School. Busing will not be provided.

“We know, from interactions with families during the survey, that the majority are looking forward to a mandatory uniform at Central Peel. We have already had an incredibly positive response to the uniform. Some families come from countries where a school uniform was a part of the regular school routine, so this is a welcome initiative,” says deMaeyer. “We’re excited about the responses and look forward to our students more outwardly sharing their school pride in the community.”

Central Peel is located at 32 Kennedy Rd. N in Brampton.

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Media contact: Brian Woodland, Director of Communications & Community Relations Support Services, 905-890-1010 ext. 2812, [email protected]

Lawrence deMaeyer, Principal, Central Peel Secondary School, 905-451-0432, [email protected]

Reference: Carla Pereira, Manager of Communications (Acting), 905-890-1010 ext. 2814, [email protected]

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