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Lafayette parents concerned about uniform shortage

The Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) held a meeting this past week with parents and some asked that uniforms not be mandatory for the upcoming year.

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 9:23 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- The upcoming school year is right around the corner and some parents in Acadiana are having trouble finding uniforms for their kids.

The Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) held a meeting this past week with parents and some asked that uniforms not be mandatory for the upcoming year.

“I propose that we don’t have uniforms this year due to the national shortage of uniforms,” Jessica Wells, a parent at the LPSS meeting said.

According to Wells, parents are having issues with finding uniforms for their kids online and in-store.

“When you order through the school, they’re having issues getting it on time,” she said.

Young Fashions Uniform said that there is a shortage of inventory due to COVID-19.

“The pandemic definitely affected the transportation of items, you know, because of the pandemic a lot of parents probably waited to get stuff not knowing, you know how the schooling was going to go whether they're going necessarily back to school and all that,” Ashley Seacrest, the manager of the uniform store, said.

Seacrest prepared for the upcoming school year by ordering inventory months in advance.

“There were some pants that I ordered that was supposed to be expected at the beginning of July that I still haven't gotten half of the stuff in, they came in bits and pieces, but I'm still missing half of it,” she said.

Schools across Acadiana also changed uniform requirements and it’s been hard for local businesses to get those new items in stock.

“Compared to previous years, there's probably not as many people making the stuff as well, so getting the quantities out there that we're needing especially like I said with all these changes, it’s been very difficult,” she said.

The manager of the uniform store recommends parents to order uniforms one size bigger in the spring, so they can have a better chance at securing uniforms for fall.

LPSS will still be requiring all students to wear uniforms during the fall.

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