LPPS to Continue Optional Mask Policy

Livingston Schools to Continue Optional Mask Policy and Regular Scheduled Activities
Posted on 01/05/2022
Livingston Schools to Continue Optional Mask Policy and Regular Scheduled Activities

LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish Public Schools Superintendent Joe Murphy today announced that the district will continue its safety protocols, including an optional mask policy, that were in place prior to the holidays, and it will not suspend regularly scheduled games and extracurricular activities at this time.

The Louisiana Department of Health on Dec. 30 issued new recommendations for K-12 schools based on a surge of cases related to the Omicron variant in Louisiana.

“Our leadership – including our professional medical staff members – have concluded that our district will remain with the protocols that were in place before the holidays for the time being. This will give our district an assessment period to determine the effectiveness of our current policies, and a more reasonable adjustment period should a stronger response prove necessary or the governor issue any new mandates on Jan. 19,” Murphy said.

“Furthermore, the LHSAA has firmly stated that the decisions to suspend extracurricular activities are left to the discretion of the local education agencies; therefore, at this time, Livingston Parish Schools will not be suspending its scheduled activities,” he said.

Murphy recently sent an email to principals and administrators that included the LDH recommendations and school operational guidelines, the governor’s proclamation, and LHSAA memo. He recommended that principals continue plans for their professional development workshops on Jan. 6-7 but asked that schedules be modified to reduce the number of employees who meet together.

“We also ask that social distancing be employed at all trainings to the greatest extent possible and we highly recommend that masks be worn by trainers and participants,” he said.

“The most crucial factor in all of this is that we are sensibly and respectfully doing what we can to keep our community safe.”

Livingston Parish Public Schools resume classes on Monday, Jan. 10.

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The Livingston Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX Coordinator is Stephen Parrill

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