NPSB Announces the Acceptable Forms of Facial Coverings

The Natchitoches Parish School Board has taken many protective measures to ensure the safety of all students and faculty in Natchitoches Parish for the 2020-2021 school year. With guidance from the CDC, as well as the Louisiana Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, NPSB has announced the acceptable face coverings for the upcoming school year.

NPSB highly recommends masks as the most effective facial covering for students and faculty. However, many questions have been asked about whether or not “neck gaiters” would be an alternative for masks. According to the CDC, it has yet to be proven if neck gaiters provide any benefit as source control to protect individuals from the spread of respiratory particles. 

NPSB will not recommend neck gaiters as a substitute for cloth facial coverings. Neck gaiters may only be used by a student or faculty member until an appropriate face covering can be secured. NPSB also states that face shields may be used as an alternative for masks, only if the individual has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.

More information regarding the proper guidelines of facial coverings and other protective measures can be found in the NPSB Strong Start F.A.Q. located on the district’s website at

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The Natchitoches Parish School Board meets the challenges required to raise academic standards and positively impact student achievement throughout all of Natchitoches Parish. We are committed to a policy of educating children by helping them to develop an awareness and appreciation for the achievements, problems and aspirations of all people in our culturally diverse society.