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Hooded sweatshirt policy in New Britain schools a 'dress for success' lesson

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New Britain's Frank Diloreto School is among those enforcing a "no hooded sweatshirt" policy. (WFSB photo) New Britain's Frank Diloreto School is among those enforcing a "no hooded sweatshirt" policy. (WFSB photo)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A policy that prevents students from wearing hooded sweatshirts in New Britain schools is a way to teach them how to dress for success, according to school officials.

The policy, which isn't new, has just recently been enforced across all of the city's elementary and middle schools.

Superintendent Nancy Sarra said there is a time and a place for hooded sweatshirts, like recess, dress down days or traveling to school.

However, she said in a message to parents that they don't belong in the classroom.

While the policy has raised some eyebrows, parents told Eyewitness News that they don't mind.

"I think it's excellent," said Claritza LaFontaine, a parent. "When it comes to uniforms and all that stuff, I personally love it!"

Sarra said it's about the students' future.

"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," she said in the message. "We want to help our students dress for the part of success."

The district said another reason its stepping up enforcement is because all of their students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade wear name tags that must be seen.

Officials said students are allowed to wear long-sleeve shirts under uniforms.

For a closer look at the uniform policy, click here.

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