Woodlake Unified bans pro sports logos for students in kindergarten thru grade 5

Sports logos banned at Francis J. White and Castle Rock elementaries, dress code to be enforced at Bravo Lake High School

WOODLAKE – It’s well into football season, but Woodlake Unified School District’s (WUSD) kindergarten through 5th grade students won’t be wearing their favorite team’s gear as the school district banned clothing with professional sports logos at their Sept. 8 board meeting.

WUSD Superintendent Laura Gonzalez said students at Francis J. White Learning Center and Castle Rock Elementary School will no longer be able to wear professional sports team apparel—including masks—to school due to gang affiliations, as well as a ban on solid blue or solid red clothing. She said the rules are not new to the district as they are in place at the middle and high school level, and this is more so expanding to encompass all of WUSD’s schools.

“As a parent, I might have a student in elementary school, one at middle school and one at high school. When we’re shopping for clothes, it’s hard to remember what’s what, because different schools had different rules or reinforcements,” Gonzalez said. “This is a district wide initiative.”

Bravo Lake High School, a continuation school for kids that are expelled or behind on credits and not on track to graduate, will have a stricter dress code this year. Gonzalez said students at Bravo will wear blue jeans, white, black or gray shirts and shoes and no logos of any kind on any piece of clothing. Red or blue accessories will not be allowed, and students are not allowed to have backpacks, bags or purses on campus. Instead, students will each have a cubby in the office where they can keep hats, papers, homework and supplies.

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