— College students at Catholic schools around the country have gotten their uniforms manufactured in China for the first time in decades.
The uniforms are a boon to students in the Pacific Northwest, where schools struggle to find uniforms that are easy to wear.
“We’re really proud to be a part of it and really excited about it,” said Colleen Condon, an assistant principal at St. Francis High School in Seattle.
Condon said she wanted to show off the new uniforms for students in a classroom that is home to a group of transgender students.
The uniforms, made in an advanced manufacturing plant in China, are similar to those made in the United States.
“Our girls are getting a little more comfortable with it, and it is a way to show them we are here and our commitment to them,” she said.
In the coming months, school districts across the U.S. will begin sending out school-issued uniforms to school-age students, including transgender students and students who identify as other.
The uniform manufacturers say the uniforms will be easy to make and will cost about $8 per pair.
But the cost could come at a higher cost for parents and other customers because the uniforms must be approved by the Department of Education.
“It’s a very complicated process, and they don’t know what to do, so we’re going to have to work together to figure it out,” said Condon.
The school district is also planning to use the uniforms to create an online tool for parents to check the gender identity of their children.