GREENSBURG, La (BRPROUD) – Superintendent Kelli Joseph said so far it’s been a smooth start to the school year. It’s the second week of class for the St. Helena School District and only two students have tested positive for COVID-19.
“It says that the protocols we have in place are working. We require masks. We started on the first day requiring that students wear masks because we’re following the CDC guidelines,” said Joseph.
Some of those guidelines include wiping down high-touch areas and temperature checks. The school district is going a little bit further.
“We also have air purifiers in each one of our classrooms,” said Joseph. “It kills all of the, you know, airborne germs and also germs on surfaces. We’re doing everything necessary to make sure our students are safe.”
Many teachers and staff are also vaccinated. Doctors say that’s extremely important, especially those around students not eligible to get the vaccine.
“Surround them with people who are vaccinated,” said Dr. Rachael Kermis with Baton Rouge General. “So that would mean their teachers, parents, friends, babysitters all of them are vaccinated to again, kind of hopefully stop those around them contracting it.”
Doctor Kermis said children 12 and older should be vaccinated. She encourages parents to talk to their children about basic hygiene for the new school year.
“Handwashing, handwashing, handwashing, wearing the masks as much as possible. If we’re going to do hand sanitizer, don’t just put it on your hand and flap around like this. We want you to actually rub and kind of get it all over the place to make sure we’re getting rid of the bacteria and viruses,” said Kermis.