The Louisiana State Department of Education has released guidance for schools to follow as plans for re-opening get underway. However, the guidance warns that unless something changes, schools should plan for sicknesses of staff and students.
In addition, if the COVID Virus continuous to spread instead of decreasing, there may not be any football, basketball, or other contact sports this school year.
According to the report released Thursday by Dr. Cade Brumley, Superintendent of Education, local districts are encouraged to do their best, given the levels of COVID-19 currently in the state.
He said school districts should plan for and expect that some students will get COVID-19 during the school year.
In addition, the report said schools should expect that there will be students who get COVID-19 and that those students will possibly expose other students/staff in the school setting.
• Students who are sick should stay home (regardless of illness).
• Students who have COVID-19 should stay home and remain isolated until they have recovered and have been determined to no longer be infectious by their doctor.
• Individuals who were in close contact with the student may be identified and contacted as part of the Office
of Public Health (OPH) contact tracing process.
• Close contact of a case is a person who was less than six feet away from the student for more than 15
minutes, determined by the OPH contact tracing process.
• Close contacts will be asked to stay home and monitor symptoms for 14 days.
• Not every student/faculty member in a school will need to stay home for 14 days, just those who are identified as close contacts to a case.