After complaints over heat, all students can wear shorts to school
AMITE - As promised last week, public school leaders announced a uniform policy change because of concerns the temperature will be too hot to handle when school starts next week.
Mark Kolwe, the Tangipahoa Parish Schools superintendent, said all students will be able to wear shorts. Previously, only kids from Pre-K to 6th grade were allowed to wear shorts. Kolwe said the change includes the older students now.
"Due in part to the recent concerns from students and parents regarding the very hot temperatures we have been experiencing, TPSS School Board Members and I decided to revisit our Student Dress Code Policy regarding shorts," he said. "We feel that there is no reason to prohibit students in grades 7-12 from wearing shorts."
Students will be allowed to wear khaki or navy, twill, loose-fitting walking shorts, if the bottom of the garment is knee-length.
Last Tuesday, parents asked the school board to delay the start of the school year until after Labor Day because of record-high temperatures. The board declined, but said it would consider other ways to help students deal with the heat.
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