TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A change has been made to the dress code for students in Tangipahoa Parish.
Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Mark Kolwe said all students will be allowed to wear shorts to school.
The change comes after parents in the parish started a petition to push back the start of school because of concerns about the summer heat.
"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," said Kolwe in a release Monday.
Currently, board policy only allows students in Pre-K through 6th grade to wear shorts, but now students in 7th through 12th grade will be able to follow the same guidelines.
The older students will be able "to wear khaki or navy, twill, loose-fitting walking shorts, if the bottom of the garment is knee-length."
Classes in Tangipahoa Parish begin on Thursday, August 6.