BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)-East Baton Rouge Parish students still need to mask up when they return to school next week in the midst of the Omicron surge.

“It’s like you can feel that germ in the air,” said Teshare Covington, mother.

Teshare Covington has an eight-year-old daughter. Covington caught COVID-19 in the summer– she worries her child may be at risk at school.

“It’s not safe,” she said. “They say we need to lower our mask, the wave is going down and it’s up again and it’s like okay they need to put kids back at home again.”

Governor John Bel Edwards is urging schools to consider canceling extracurricular activities and increasing mitigations.

“Urging masking indoors and outdoors with social distancing isn’t possible,” said Edwards.

Misty Phillips says her child is safe from the virus despite the governor’s concern of pediatric cases rising once school returns. She says the face mask hurt her daughter’s chronic bronchitis.

“I have never worn one since the beginning of covid and refuse to wear them now,” she said.

While there is no mask mandate in place, state health leaders are urging both parents and the child to once again consider masking up or getting the vaccine.

“It’s really serious we need to take in and not let our kids go to school,” said Covington.

Edwards will announce Thursday whether he’ll issue stricter statewide mitigations.