The Burleson school district posted a new dress code on its website last week, announcing new colors that students could wear.
But now, the district says the message was a mistake, and parents are afraid they're the ones who will pay for the screw-up.
Bret Wells' wife spent more than $100 on her three boys for a bag full of brightly-colored polo shirts last week after she saw the post on the website.
Mom Jamie Fortney also saw the message and went shopping online, picking out purple and green for her daughter, Ashley.
“Gap was having a sale on polos for $5,” said Fortney. “I was like, ‘Yes!’”
But now the district says the post was a mistake, and that the new colors were just a proposal and won’t be allowed.
“Administration put these guidelines that were proposed out for parents, and some may have gone out and shopped based on that, and that’s our error,” said Burleson ISD spokesperson Victoria Johnson.
Upset parents have been vocal about how they feel, expressing themselves with more than 200 posts on Burleson ISD's Facebook page.
The most upset are the parents who already paid for new clothes.
Fortney says she can return the offending colors in-store, but she dreads the crowds.
“The important thing is, we're not going to turn any students away based on the mistake we made,” said Johnson.
Parents say the common sense answer is to let the colors stay.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the Burleson ISD posted a notice to its website that it will offer a refundto parents who purchased shirts in those additional colors "between the time the draft guidelines were posted and the posting of the final guidelines."
The logistics have not been fully worked out, but the district says it will have that information for parents soon and advises parents to save their receipts.
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