Dress codes aren't a black-and-white issue at Camellia Avenue Elementary School.
They're a blue-and-white issue.
The school of about 825 students began a uniform dress code last week, becoming only the second Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school to require uniforms. Charter school Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima became the first in July.
But the uniform requirement is not a punishment, said Assistant Principal Ysafi Diamond. Nor is it inflexible.
"Parents can choose to opt out of the uniform policy, according to state policies," Diamond said. "But, to date, no one has."
Camellia parents had lobbied for more than five years for the dress code, which excludes jeans and T-shirts, but leaves many options open--so long as the pants, skirts or culottes are blue and the collared shirt is white.