More than 700 teachers call out in East Baton Rouge Parish School System Wednesday

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Parish School System says that 760 school-based absences were recorded on Wednesday.

EBRPSS says 762.4 absences are the average per day and can be attributed to the current COVID-19 and seasonal flu surge. Wednesday numbers is a mix of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 absences.

“We are committed to providing a high-quality education for our students while continuing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools,” Superintendent Sito Narcisse said. “We have taken proactive measures throughout the course of the pandemic to mitigate the spread through continued masking; weekly mandatory staff testing; deep cleaning and sanitation; vaccine and booster clinics.”

“We have continued to keep the lines of communication open to all of our organization educator unions and associations and have been able to hear and address the concerns of those willing to speak with myself and executive staff,” Narcisse said.

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