by Krystal Paco
Guam - There's stronger enforcement of the school uniform policy at Southern High School as hundreds of students are being referred to the office for inappropriate bottoms. Assistant principal Gaylene Cruz tells KUAM News that board policy allows flexibility with uniform bottoms if schools are unable to provide financial assistance to families but that's not the case at the Santa Rita school as students are wearing them for fashion, not because they're financially strapped.
Cruz confirms in-need families may redeem a Gino's voucher for a uniform shirt and bottom at the school office. She adds that bottoms do not have to be purchased directly from Gino's, but must be black and as close to the uniform bottom style as possible.
Last week a new leadership team was assigned to the high school, including Cruz, who says it's time to start enforcing the rules. DOE deputy superintendent of assessment and accountability Rob Malay says board policy does not allow students to be suspended for such violations.