DeSoto County dress code allows shorts for students

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO — A change in the dress code is helping some students keep their cool in DeSoto County schools.

Students in all grades are now allowed to wear appropriate-length shorts — roughly to the knee.

The school board approved the change in June, and several students said they were happy about it when classes started Thursday with temperatures topping 100 degrees.

Hernando High School principal Freddie Joseph tells The Commercial Appeal that allowing shorts has been a positive change, and students are following the guidelines on length.

DeSoto County has the largest school district in Mississippi, with 40 schools and about 32,000 students.