On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards lifted the statewide mask mandate after Louisiana’s sustained improvement in terms of new cases, test positivity and hospitalizations. The Natchitoches Parish School Board has and will continue to follow the Governor’s guidance. Therefore, effective Wednesday, October 27, 2021, face coverings for students, staff and visitors are NOT required but are recommended and encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.
Per federal mandate, Kindergarten through 12th grade students and employees are still required to wear masks on school buses. If a parent chooses to have their student continue to wear a facial covering while on school grounds, NPSB officials and employees encourage them to do so and will support them in this decision.
The Natchitoches Parish School Board will continue to follow CDC Quarantine Guidance. In the event the community and/or school system’s positivity rate increases, guidance relative to mask mandate modifications will be considered and communicated. NPSB officials will continue to monitor data when making decisions relative to the safety of students and staff.