LIVINGSTON, La (BRPROUD) – Livingston Parish Public Schools will continue the optional mask policy and other safety protocols that were put in place before the holidays as students prepare to return to school, the school board announced on Wednesday.

Students are scheduled to return to school on Monday, Jan. 10. Games and extracurricular activities will go on as scheduled.

Read Superintendent Joe Murphy’s statement below.

“Our leadership – including our professional medical staff members – have concluded that our district will remain with the protocols that were in place before the holidays for the time being. This will give our district an assessment period to determine the effectiveness of our current policies, and a more reasonable adjustment period should a stronger response prove necessary or the governor issue any new mandates on Jan. 19.

Furthermore, the LHSAA has firmly stated that the decisions to suspend extracurricular activities are left to the discretion of the local education agencies; therefore, at this time, Livingston Parish Schools will not be suspending its scheduled activities.

We also ask that social distancing be employed at all trainings to the greatest extent possible and we highly recommend that masks be worn by trainers and participants.

The most crucial factor in all of this is that we are sensibly and respectfully doing what we can to keep our community safe.

Livingston Parish Superintendent Joe Murphy