Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley announced Tuesday night that starting the day after Labor Day, 7th and 8th grade students who want to return to in-classroom instruction may do so on a modified schedule. Stilley made the announcement during Tuesday’s Tangipahoa Parish School Board meeting in Amite. Until this point, junior high and high school students have not been able to attend classes in person at TPSS campuses because the district did not have adequate room for them to ride the bus to and from class. Under the Phase II COVID-19 restrictions, buses can only carry 50 percent of their proposed load. Each school will set the modified schedule by which junior high students can return to class, but the superintendent likened it to the district’s “soft start” days in mid-August, when students were able to attend classes a couple days on and a couple days by computer, alternating by last name or whatever groupings the school employed. Stilley also announced that she will need firm commitments from families within the next 10 days on whether their children will enroll in full virtual or classroom instruction for the fall semester. That deadline will be Friday, Sept. 11.