BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School System says it will be continuing the current mask guidance going into the spring semester.
EBR Schools said masks will be required upon staff returning on Jan. 3. The decision was made after receiving advice from the Health Advisory Committee, a group including area epidemiologists, infectious disease experts, Louisiana Department of Health advisers and physicians.
The school system said the committee factored in rates of infection among staff and students, community infection rates, and area hospitalizations.
Both EBR Schools and the Health Advisory Committee will reevaluate the mask requirement at the end of January.
“We have continued to make all public health decisions based upon the most recently available data and based upon the advice of our health care professionals. The health and safety of our staff and students always come first. We will continue to evaluate the data and will consider optional masking at such a time when it is safe for both students and employees to do so,” stated Superintendent Sito Narcisse, Ed. D.
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