BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has announced a new parent choice option when it comes to quarantining children potentially exposed to COVID-19.
LDOE stated that school systems may choose to implement the parent choice option that would no longer make quarantines mandatory for students defined as “close contact.” If a child comes into “close contact,” officials said parents or legal guardians will be notified of the exposure and given the option to quarantine their child or allow them to return to school.
There will also be an opportunity for the child to receive a no-cost COVID-19 screening, according to LDOE officials.
“We can no longer ignore the unintended academic consequences of our students unnecessarily missing school,” said Dr. Cade Brumley, State Superintendent of Education. “This new, common-sense option empowers parents and local communities with the authority to make health-related decisions for their students.”
LDOE said this option does not change the process schools use to handle COVID-19 positive students, explaining that students are encouraged to isolate until they are no longer infectious.