Southern University Lab School leaders address virus and vaccinations ahead of first day of school

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As the school year approaches Southern University Lab School is addressing COVID concerns ahead of students returning to the classroom.

The first day is fast approaching and students will be back in full swing at SU Lab August 9th

The school’s director Herman Brister said, they’re going to push for students to get vaccinated and educate the parents about the vaccine.

“We’re going to add masks to the school supplies list to have extra masks on hand,” said Brister.

During a town hall Tuesday evening, school leaders put the final touches on COVID-19 safety measures.

“We’re going to follow those guidelines especially as it relates to masks,” said Brister.

He said, one of the goals for the upcoming year is to give students a sense of normalcy.

“One thing that we’re going to push as we get back is we want to get back to our way of life.

“We need to do more to protect our community and we can do better. We have football season looming,” said SU Lab Town Hall panelist Tramell Howard.

Getting back to normal at Lab means bringing back events for students to interact with each other.

“You know, having prom, having homecoming, having those normal events for our students is part of their mental health,” said Brister.

During the town hall leaders stressed that COVID is here and the only way to achieve their goals is to believe in the science.

“COVID is not going anywhere, we have a tool that can help us get in front of it, so how do we make sure people are utilizing the tools and protecting themselves and the community,” said Howard.

The school’s director said, he’s not expecting push back because parents and students followed those same rules last school year.

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