New Britain schools prohibit hooded sweatshirts in the classroom

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NEW BRITIAN, Conn. (WTNH) — Superintendent of New Britain schools Nancy Sarra has issued a statement Tuesday morning regarding the hooded sweatshirts rule.

Sarra says in an effort to standardize practices that all administrators decided their goal was to teach students how to dress for success during the school day. They agreed that there is a time and place for hooded sweatshirts, but they should not be worn during classroom instruction time.

This is about preparing our students to be career ready and recognizing that in many cases, hooded sweatshirts aren’t a part of the attire adults wear to work. We want to help our students dress for the part of success in their future careers. Of course, there are always exceptions to this with various careers, but overall, hooded sweatshirts are not attire typically worn to work.

The definition of the word “ban” is to officially or legally prohibit. When that language is used to describe our position on hooded sweatshirts, it is misleading. We understand that students wear hooded sweatshirts while at recess, dress down days and other events. We also understand that students wear hooded sweatshirts to school so they can stay warm.

However, when classroom instruction begins, they are not to be worn. With that said, we recognize that at times, students are cold and require another layer of clothing. This is why we allow students to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniforms if needed.

Another reason Sarra says hooded sweatshirts are an obstacle is because all of New Britain’s PK-8 students wear name tags that should be visible as part of their everyday uniform.

Using sensational words such as “banned” evokes anger and excitement. It is not a “we vs. they” environment here in New Britain. It is about each student getting better to be the best they can possibly be.

The only exception is New Britain High School.

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