BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has released more guidelines and clarification for halting the spread of COVID-19.

“At this time, and in partnership with our healthcare leaders, the district is reviewing the possibility of allowing optional masking for those individuals who have been fully vaccinated. No final decision has been made. The district will continue to monitor the immunization rates, the number of Covid-19 cases and the variants in our community,” stated Stacey Dupre, Chief Officer for Support and Special Projects. 

All future decisions and guidance will be made with our Health Advisory Committee comprised of doctors from Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, regional epidemiologists and representatives from the Louisiana Department of Health. 

At this point in time, EBRPSS will still require physical distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols, continued contact tracing and hand washing, in accordance with CDC and LDH guidance. 

The current required guidance from the LDOE and LDH will expire on June 30. The EBRPSS will continue to follow the same guidance in place over the course of the school year and summer enrichment until the close of summer activities. Final guidance for the 2021 – 2022 school year will be communicated by August 3.