(KTEN) — State statute Title 70, Section 6-401 was approved by Governor Kevin Stitt in May, and went into effect on July 1st. The law states that school personnel will not be able to contact students or athletes digitally, on a one-on-one basis.

"The intent was to create protections for the students, the teachers, and to bring parents in line with what was happening, so that there was no funny business, basically, going on." Stated state Senator Jerry Alvord.

Now, digital conversations between a student and school employee must include a parent or guardian. An exception to the law, is communication on school-approved platforms regarding school topics.

"What this looks like is basically nothing more than a group text.” Stated Alvord. “If you have that student's contact, you should also have that parent's contact too. There will be an extra step, but keep in mind that this also protects the coaches, and the teachers."

Local coaches, like Sulphur Head football coach and Athletic Director Corey Cole, are frustrated with the law, but are willing to change for the benefit of the students.

"As a coach, we tell our kids all the time: we gotta embrace change. I understand what the law is trying to do, and I get that, and I don't want any bad thing to happen to anybody out there, and if this helps prevent that, then great, that's what it's for.” He said. “If we're all on the same page, we'll be okay."