School Board makes mask mandate updates

After Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the end of this fall’s mask mandate, Lincoln Parish schools made plans to adjust.

While the mask mandate has been lifted, Edwards recommends masks indoors for most. Additionally, K-12 schools must have a mask mandate or follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quarantine guideline.

“After sustained improvement across the state in new cases, test positivity and hospitalizations, I will lift Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate in all settings except for K-12 schools, which may opt out as long as they continue implementing existing CDC quarantine guidelines,” Edwards said. “Under the CDC and Louisiana Department of Health guidance that schools without mask mandates must follow, asymptomatic individuals who may have been in close contact to someone infected with COVID-19 should quarantine.”

Lincoln Parish schools sent a notice to parents Wednesday afternoon announcing that masks will be a decision for parents. The parent’s choice for students wearing masks may affect quarantine days based on exposures. Additionally, the School Board highly recommends masks for students and employees.

Masks will continue to be required on all buses.

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