Flip flops not allowed at Sherman schools

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

SHERMAN, TEXAS -- If you're a Sherman parent, student or teacher, and you've already gone back to school shopping, you might want to slow down and take another look at the school's dress code policy. There are some revisions for this year.

The biggest change: no flip flops.

Texoma teens we talked to say they're used to strict dress code rules.

"We usually have a lot of rules on dress code," Whitesboro 7th grader Qyra Ressler said.

"Well there's the no holes in jeans thing," Sherman senior Justin Ballard said.

"It has to be three fingers right here," Ressler said.

"The shorts is the same, like it has to be like fingertip," Whitesboro senior Kara Winter said.

This school year, Sherman is entering uncharted territory for the district. Now, they're saying..

"No flip flops," Sherman ISD Assistant Superintendent Tyson Bennett said.

Bennett says there are two reasons why they are ixnaying flip flops.

"With flip flops, it's more of a safety and security issue," Bennett said.

Bennett says they want students and staff to wear shoes that are in-tact so they don't trip and fall, but adds that they haven't had any flip-flop related injuries.

Sherman High student Justin Bullard says he has seen flip flop accidents.

"I've seen too many people fall and trip and hit their faces on the floor to not have backless shoes," Bullard said.

The second reason for the flip flop ban: Bennett says they aren't 'dress for success' shoes.

"What we're trying to get at with flip flops is to make sure that we avoid the beach-type, shower-shoe-type flip flop," Bennett said.

These shoes I wore today are considered dress sandals, so Bennett says they're okay, but these shoes are not approved.

"They're shoes, I mean, I don't really see the point of not letting them wear them," Winter said.

Dr. Bennett does say some flip flops are acceptable to wear.

These shoes right here have a back strap to them, so he says these would be decent to wear to school.

Bennett says each Sherman campus has different consequences for dress code violations.

The new rule goes into effect on Monday, the first day of school.

For more information on the new Sherman dress code changes, visit http://www.shermanisd.net/parents.cfm?subpage=616570.

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