BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Wednesday, August 4 is the first day of school for some students in the Capital City.

IDEA Public Schools in Baton Rouge are welcoming students for in-person instruction.

With the recent mask mandate put in place by Governor Edwards, “masks are required while on campus and the bus for all staff and students, regardless of vaccination status,” according to IDEA Public Schools.

IDEA has instituted these safety protocols:    

  • Masks are required while on campus and the bus for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status
  • Hand sanitation before entering buildings and throughout the school day  
  • Sanitation of frequently touched surfaces  
  • Social distancing to the extent possible 
  • Requesting that families report COVID-19 symptoms and/or test results before coming to school and stay home if exposed, symptomatic or positive 
  • Fostering two-way communication with families 

“We are so excited to have all of our students back on campus,” says Kenneth Campbell, Executive Director for IDEA Southern Louisiana. “Research shows that students learn more when they are in-person at school. To ensure we are providing a safe, rigorous, and fun in-person learning environment where students thrive on the road to and through college, we must protect ourselves from COVID-19. We understand that getting vaccinated and wearing a mask is the best way to do that.”

If you have any questions about safety protocols at IDEA Public Schools in Southern Louisiana, visit IPS.