Local school districts responds to change in Louisiana Department of Education COVID-19 guidance

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is weighing in after the the Louisiana Department of Education announced a new parent choice option when it comes to quarantining children potentially exposed to COVID-19.

Specifically, the Superintendent of Schools of The East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Dr. Sito Narcisse, released this statement on Thursday morning: 

Ascension Public Schools also provided their thoughts on the updated Louisiana Department of Education guidance.

The Louisiana Department of Education announced the creation of a new parent choice option for school systems to include in their quarantine determination process. Specifically, mandatory quarantines for students defined as “close contact” will no longer be required. Instead, the parent or legal guardian will be immediately notified of the exposure and given the option to quarantine their child or allow them to remain in school. Ascension Public Schools will be working to provide this option to parents starting Sept. 30, 2021, as exposure occurs during the school day. For now, exposures for after-school activities and athletics will continue to follow previous guidelines (such as LHSAA guidelines). As has always been the case, new guidelines require us to be agile and sometimes move quickly. Our school nurses will work with school leaders to provide communication, help with situations, and work through any unique circumstances. Please be patient as we adjust to this new protocol and work together to safely keep students in school as much as possible.

Respectfully,

David Alexander

Superintendent

Livingston Parish Superintendent Joe Murphy announced an update in the district’s COVID-19 policy that mirrors the Louisiana Department of Education guidelines.

“A system may elect to implement the parent choice option for quarantine determination. Under this option, mandatory quarantines for students defined as ‘close contact’ are no longer required. In lieu of mandatory quarantine, the parent shall be notified of the exposure and given the option to quarantine their child or allow their child to remain in school. The parent shall also be given the opportunity for a no cost Covid screening for their child.”

Livingston Parish Superintindent Joe Murphy

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