Governor's Mask Mandates

Gov. Edwards Temporarily Reinstates Louisiana's Statewide Mask Mandate

Parent/Guardians & Community,

In order for us to keep our students in school, our employees safe, and our schools open, we must do everything in our power to stop, control, and/or limit the spread and negative impact of the COVID virus. Obviously, that starts with everyone who can and who is willing to get vaccinated, everyone must wear masks, and everyone must stay socially distant. I know some confusion has been created after the Board Meeting Tuesday night and in reference to the "opt out" letter being circulated by the Attorney General's Office. Please know that our legal guidance is that local School Board action does not supersede the Governor's Executive Order. Additionally, in response to those attempting to employ the "opt out" letter initiated by the state's Attorney General, Gov. Edwards has issued the letter attached HERE.

In short, all students 5 years old and older, employees, and visitors to all Rapides Parish School Board schools, buildings and buses are required to wear masks through September 1st (per Executive Order).
We are bound to CDC quarantine guidelines. Therefore, when folks are not vaccinated, do not wear masks, and/or do not stay socially distant, more students and employees will be forced to quarantine which has the potential to lead to the closing of classes, grade levels, and entire schools. Obviously, this would create a negative impact both on teaching and learning and in the community as parents and businesses try to adapt when we have quarantines and class/school closures.

Our employees have had a GREAT first couple days back and we are excited to start school next week! We look forward to a GREAT year! Let's continue to show the world that Rapides Parish truly is #bettertogether!
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