New LDOE Quarantine Guidelines Under Review

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released an update to the state’s Covid-19 quarantine protocols on Sept. 29. LDOE announced the creation of a new parent choice option for school systems to include in their quarantine determination process.

If implemented by school systems, mandatory quarantines for students defined as a “close contact” will no longer be required. Parents will be given the option to quarantine their child or allow them to remain in school.

The Natchitoches Parish School Board has adhered to guidance from state officials since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. NPSB is currently gathering more information on these protocol changes and will take them under review. Until school districts across the state receive more clarity on this announcement, all Natchitoches Parish Schools’ quarantine protocols will remain the same.

“Our Covid policies have and will continue to reflect the best practices provided to us by our myriad of professional partners,” said NPSB Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi. “We will continue to gather information, including guidance from LDOE and make informed decisions that continue to put student learning and safety as our highest priority and responsibility.”

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