BESE revises safety standards for face coverings, Pfizer vaccine available at two local schools this weekend

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has given the ok to changes in COVID-19-related minimum health and safety standards.

This change affects K-12 schools and applies to the 2020-2021 school year.

BESE President Sandy Holloway says, “A few weeks ago when Governor Edwards lifted his statewide mask mandate but excluded schools, I asked Superintendent Brumley to engage in conversations with the Governor about adjusting the requirement for the K-12 community. While I have great respect for the Governor’s decision, I also have great respect for a parent’s right to choose. My desire has been that we would move closer to putting this decision back in the hands of those closest to students, and no one is closer than a child’s parent.”

If you would like to view the revisions, visit BESE.

According to BESE, “the revisions clarify that BESE’s minimum standards, pertaining to face coverings, are superseded by any statewide or district-specific mandate issued by the governor, and that face covering requirements are to be determined by local school systems when no mask mandate from the governor is in place.”

The BESE policy revisions will end on June 30.

If you are interested in getting the Pfizer vaccine, you will have the opportunity at two locations on Saturday.

Details on the multi-agency event can be found below:

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