It’s hot out there: Tangipahoa schools to allow all students to wear shorts _lowres

Photo provided by WWL-TV -- A group of Tangipahoa Parish women have started an online petition asking schools delay the start of classes because of the intense heat.

In response to the recent outcry from parents about sending their children to school amid the intense summer heat, Tangipahoa Parish school administrators amended the district’s uniform policies to allow students to wear shorts.

Effective immediately, all students will be allowed to wear “khaki or navy, twill, loose-fitting walking shorts, if the bottom of the garment is knee-length,” Superintendent Mark Kolwe said in a news release late Monday.

Previously, only students in prekindergarten through sixth grade could wear shorts.

“We feel that there is no reason to prohibit students in grades 7-12 from wearing shorts following those same guidelines,” Kolwe said.

Classes start Aug. 6.

Parent Carli Adams, who began a petition effort to push back the start date of school because of recent heat advisories, celebrated the decision with supporters on Facebook.

“This is huge!” Adams said. “It’s also the first of many stepping stones!”

Adams and other parents continue to work toward pushing back the parish’s first day of school for future school years.

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