WBR joins other parishes in request for looser quarantine restrictions

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PORT ALLEN, La. (The West Side Journal) – Superintendent of West Baton Rouge Schools Wes Watts joined three other superintendents Monday in urging state officials to loosen quarantine rules keeping children from attending in-person lessons.

Watts joined superintendents from Ascension, Rapides, and Livingston parishes in objecting to the rules, saying they’re overly restrictive and keeping many healthy students from attending school.

State officials released this response Monday afternoon:

“The Louisiana Department of Health continues to follow CDC guidance on quarantine and so are not recommending any changes to K-12 guidance at this time. We are currently in a third wave of infections, so it is important for us to focus on reducing COVID-19 cases and community spread.”

The request comes during a difficult transitional period for the parish, with the school system urging the return to in-person classes for the sake of education quality and the state experiencing its third spike in COVID cases.

The results of a district-wide survey found nearly 400 students will continue to be enrolled in the Virtual Academy next semester.

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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.

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