Oct 27 Updated COVID Guidance

Livingston Schools to Follow New State Protocol for Masks
Posted on 10/27/2021
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Livingston Schools to Follow New State Protocol for Masks

 

LIVINGSTON, La. – Superintendent Joe Murphy announced today (Oct. 27) that masks will be optional for students and employees while on Livingston Parish Public School campuses, effective Thursday Oct. 28, and the district is reinstating guidelines enacted at the beginning of the school year for determining quarantines and close contact tracing.

 

Superintendent Joe Murphy said the quarantine policy is supported by the Center for Disease Control and the Louisiana Department of Health and is required as part of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proclamation for lifting the mask mandate in public schools.

 

“It is important to know that current data on positive and close contact cases in our district has diminished greatly over recent weeks, and we believe our decision is supported by that data,” Murphy said.

 

Murphy said masks will continue to be required for all school bus drivers and passengers, as that is a federal mandate.

 

The district’s re-enacted quarantine guidelines are as follows:

  • Quarantines will be required of all positive cases.
  • Quarantine Options for Exposure to COVID 19

  Employees: Quarantine can end after 10 days, on day 11, without testing and has not exhibited any symptoms

OR

Quarantine can end after 7 days, on day 8, if individual takes COVID-19 test (molecular/PCR/rapid), receives a negative result and has not exhibited any symptoms. The test may be collected on day 5, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than day 7. (Testing is not mandatory and would be the employee’s responsibility if this option is chosen.)

Students: Quarantine can end after 10 days, on day 11, without testing and has not exhibited any symptoms

OR

Parents that choose to have students tested quarantine can end after 7 days, on day 8, if individual takes COVID-19 test (molecular/PCR/rapid), receives a negative result and has not exhibited any symptoms. The test may be collected on day 5, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than day 7. (Testing is not mandatory and would be the parent’s responsibility if this option is chosen.)

 

“Due to proactive decisions made by the Livingston Parish School Board, our district has greatly increased its medical staff across the parish, and all decisions related to quarantine requirements for positive and close contact cases will be based on their medical expertise,” Murphy said.

 

Livingston Parish Public School’s Operational Guidelines and Quarantining options are available on the district website at www.lpsb.org and on the district’s social media pages -- on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/livingstonpps and Twitter at https://twitter.com/livingston_pps.  

Notice of Discrimination

The Livingston Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX Coordinator is Stephen Parrill

Livingston Parish Public Schools is committed to ensuring that all websites and web applications, both public-facing and for internal use, conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (W.C.A.G.) 2.0 Level AA. Any issues should be reported [email protected] ([email protected]), Assistant Superintendent, P.O. Box 1130, Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225) 686-7044. The Special Education Director is Dr. Eric Penalber ([email protected]); the LPPS 504 Coordinator is Marcia McKnight ([email protected]), P.O. Box 1130 Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225)686-4248.

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