Pupils with wrong socks sent home
SOME parents were unhappy when their children were sent home from a city school for wearing the wrong colour socks. The move was part of a clampdown by the Dublin school on students who do not comply with uniform policy.
However, despite disquiet from parents, the school's principal today defended her insistence on navy blue socks
"Socks are a part of the school uniform," the principal said.
One parent declared it was "ridiculous" to ask pupils to pull up their trouser legs to ensure they had the right socks.
The co-educational Mount Seskin Community School in Jobstown has a policy which states navy tights or navy socks for girls and navy socks for boys must be worn with the uniform.
The parent said the children were left waiting outside the family home because they were not informed by the school that the children were on their way home.
Principal Helen Taylor rejected the claim that enforcing sock colours was ridiculous.
She confirmed to the Herald that parents and pupils were made aware of a uniform drive and were informed checks would be made on the Monday after the mid-term break.
Parents and pupils had a week to ensure they complied with the school's policy on uniforms. Students missing any part of their uniform were sent home on Monday last with a letter to be signed by their parents.
Ms Taylor said "a minority" of the school's 270 pupils were sent home for non-compliance. Most of the pupils were back in the school within 20 minutes and the school day continued as normal. Some parents telephoned to confirm what had happened. Anyone with concerns was invited to speak to the year heads.
Ms Taylor said: "Parents are free to raise objections about any of our school's policies. They are welcome to express their opinions and they will be heard. We have a uniforms policy and we are getting on with it.
"When we took action, 99pc of parents responded very positively and some didn't. So be it."
Uniforms have been worn in the school since it was opened 26 years ago.
A spokeswoman for the National Parents Council said schools were entitled to enforce a code of conduct, including the wearing of uniforms.