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Parents experience new form of back to school stress

The new policy calls for solid colored polo shirts, school oriented crew neck t-shirts, khaki or black pants, and approved denim. The new policy calls for solid colored polo shirts, school oriented crew neck t-shirts, khaki or black pants, and approved denim.
At Old Navy, they still have items in stock, but they say parents have put a big dent in what they had in late July. At Old Navy, they still have items in stock, but they say parents have put a big dent in what they had in late July.
"We are very stressed out," said Jana Peters. "We are having problems finding polo shirts to fit my son." "We are very stressed out," said Jana Peters. "We are having problems finding polo shirts to fit my son."

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Parents in Cape Girardeau Public Schools say they are scrambling to find clothing to fit the new dress policy.

This, with just two days to go before school starts.

"We are very stressed out," said Jana Peters. "We are having problems finding polo shirts to fit my son. Too many of them have stripes or symbols. It's hard when you have kids in between sizes."

Other parents say they are having similar problems, saying many of the stores are picked over.

The new policy calls for solid colored polo shirts, school oriented crew neck t-shirts, khaki or black pants, and approved denim.

"I think a lot of parents are so concerned over what's approved and what's not approved," said Peters. "We are especially worried about the denim."

At Old Navy, they still have items in stock, but they say parents have put a big dent in what they had in late July. Store managers say parents in Cape didn't realize how many schools shop stores in Cape Girardeau for uniform items.

"We have people come in from all over southeast Missouri and even southern Illinois," said Sharon Ebersohl, Old Navy store manager.

Ebersohl says they will continue to stock items and they are ready with the dress code guidelines. She says they also will continue to keep many polo shirts in stock and approved denim items.

"Back to school is a huge part of our business," said Ebersohl. "With so many schools wearing uniforms, parents really need to start early."

Some parents say the new policy actually made shopping easier.

Meanwhile, according to Cape Public School officials, not being able to find the right items will not count as an excuse if you are not dressed appropriately on Thursday.

Students who do not show up with approved clothing can be expected to be sent to the office and action will follow on a case by case basis.

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